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Members

Joyce Hopkins

Joyce Hopkins - Chair

I was born in Kidderminster and have gained broad experience in a number of employment fields before retiring.

I have worked in banking, and have moved to various locations across the country to provide administrative and secretarial support during my time with the RAF.

I have also had a career in nursing, been a chef, worked in retail and provided support work for people with learning disabilities. I have been a Parent Governor at a number of local schools.

I am currently a volunteer helping to deliver digital training in the community to assist individuals to get on-line and to introduce them to modern digital technology.

Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer - Member

My hometown is Stourport on Severn and I started my working career at a small family business holding various positions moving up to management.

I am also an associate member of the Royal Society for Public Health. I first got involved with Community Housing as a Digital Volunteer in a new project that was launched to provide support for residents in sheltered schemes to help them develop and improve their IT skills.

Sarah Tranter

Sarah Tranter - Member

I grew up in Kidderminster and after living away in London, the West Country and abroad for several years I came back to Wyre Forest and have lived here since my children were born.

I have been a tenant of The Community Housing Group for 16 years and have also been a tenant of another social housing company before this. My professional background is in Social work and I have worked in Education, Children and Family Services and Homeless Services, for over 20 years and I feel these experiences will help me to represent many different opinions as well as my own. I have a disability, also have a grown-up child with autism and I am an advocate for disabled people’s rights. I am currently in the process of setting up a support group for people with autism as there is nothing available locally.

I am currently working with a university as a Disability Consultant and Researcher within a Carer and Service User focus group ensuring standards are met within the Institute of Health and Society and will bring this experience to CVAG to help to bring about positive changes for tenants of the company. I am very much in favour of tenants being the focus and am looking forward to being involved in achieving this.

David Cater

David Cater - Member

I was born in Bedford where I spent my youth, moving to Hemel Hempstead where I spent the majority of my adult life.

I completed a 5 year apprenticeship in engineering and have held managerial positions in various businesses.

I have spent 50 years in various roles both commissioned and non-commissioned within the armed forces working my way through to the position of Captain.

I moved to Kidderminster in 1988 and have been an actively involved tenant for many years providing tenant insight into value for money, communications including digital initiatives and independent living services.

Margaret Clilverd

Margaret Clilverd - Member

My home town is Birmingham. After leaving secondary school in Small Heath I worked in a number of organisations providing clerical and secretarial support.

I moved to Stourport on Severn in the early 70's and after raising my family returned to work holding various positions in retail and local businesses.

Until recently I was secretary for the Patient Participation Group at my local doctor's surgery and I still volunteer time to attend meetings.

In 2011 following a successful interview I was appointed onto the Central Tenants Forum where I remained a dedicated member until 2017 when the Forum's role was reviewed as part of the changes to the Governance structure and a wider review of the role of tenants and customers within the organisation.

Paul Groves

Paul Groves - Member

My name is Paul Groves I have lived in Kidderminster all my life apart from a small time in the black country where I moved with my family for Work reasons.

I was born on Birchen Coppice in 1963, I had 2 brothers but sadly one passed away and I have three sisters, all us siblings live across the country from Cornwall, Southampton, Wales and Kidderminster.

I have done a wide variety of jobs throughout my life from working at Brintons in carpets to making expensive fragrance candles.

Whilst I was living in the black country I became involved in tenants association and then was voted as chairman, I did this for 3 years which I loved, I also was a convenor (Union man) so I can debate quite well.

Part of my working career I spent at West Midlands Safari Park as a theme park worker operating rides looking after customers and guests making sure their day goes well, I had a lot of gold stars for being a pleasant and helpful staff member.

I am a good listener and have an eye for detail.

David Linwood

David Linwood - Member

I was born in Kidderminster but grew up in Stourport. I studied Horticulture at Pershore College for four years becoming a freelance gardener thereafter. I have also previously worked in Catering.

My involvement with TCHG began by attending numerous training courses which helped me to develop skills which I have continued to use whilst being an involved tenant.

I have been an involved tenant for four years, holding multiple positions during that time. I started as a tenant inspector before being asked to join the Neighborhood Panel. When the panel was disbanded, I became a Digital Volunteer assisting the delivery of training courses in the community.

Having worked with multiple departments with The Community Housing Group, I have helped to shape and deliver services for tenants.

I have also worked closely with Vestia over the last two years, volunteering at Vestia's Jobs Club helping people find work.