Byker Community Trust bucks the trend on female board representation

A Newcastle housing association has strengthened female representation on its board, raising it to over half, with its latest appointments.

Byker Community Trust (BCT), which owns and managed 1,800 homes on the Grade II* listed Byker Estate, appointed Geraldine Kay as chair at its AGM, and has since appointed Nicola Snowden and Caroline Prince.

Snowden joins as a tenant board member and has lived on the Byker Estate for 37 years. She works as a family support worker for Barnardo’s and will support residents and empower them to improve their lives. Her goal is to help with the future development of the estate and the community and to promote equality, diversity and inclusion for all residents.

Fellow tenant board member, Prince has also been appointed into the role and has lived in the Byker Wall for almost 10 years. She has experience of working in education and children’s social care with Local Government and has excellent connections to local businesses located around Byker and the Ouseburn Valley.

BCT’s board consists of 12 non-executive members including independent professionals, council members and tenants. These three new appointments bring the total number of positions now occupied by female members to seven, which is said to be significantly more than the housing sector average.

“Women are typically under-represented at board level,” said Jill Haley, BCT’s chief executive. “It is pleasing to see that BCT is leading the way and addressing the gender imbalance. Board members are appointed on the skills and experience they can bring to the role and the relevance of helping BCT to achieve its objectives, regardless of their gender.

“We have a strong representative of skill sets right across the board and both Nicola and Caroline’s experience and roles they already play within the community will add further value to that.”


Main Image: BCT’s female board members with chair Geraldine Kay (front and centre) are Christine Stobbs, Nicola Snowdon, Victoria Beattie, Amanda Senior, Caroline Prince and Annette Patten


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