Meet the team

Gwent Regional Housing Support Collaborative Group

The Regional Housing Support Collaborative Group was established in 2020 and replaces the Supporting People Regional Collaborative Committees (RCC) which was set up in 2012, the group is responsible for making sure that housing support projects are delivering the right results for people using them in Gwent.

Alyson Hoskins: Local Authority Representative - Blaenau Gwent

Hi my name is Alyson Hoskins.  I work as a Service Manager within Blaenau Gwent Social Services Department (Adults) and have responsibility within the Local Authority for areas such as Housing Support, Adult Safeguarding, Carers Services and the Community Resource Team. I am a voting member on the  Gwent Regional Collaborative Committee and have a specific responsibility of representing the views of the 5 Social Services Departments across Gwent (Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly). My previous job roles have included managing a Housing Support Team and Welfare Benefits Advisor. I spent several years working for MIND and have expertise of  working in both a Local Authority and Third Sector organisation.

Sam Lewis – Support Provider Representative Chair
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I work for Llamau and manage services providing ‘housing related support’ e.g. project houses and floating support in people’s own homes. My services usually support young people, although one service supports anyone over 16 who needs some support to manage their home more easily. Hopefully helping people to feel happier and more settled.

I have worked in supported housing for 23 years, and really enjoy it. I always try to make our services better for the people we support.

Viv Daye: Local Authority Representative Caerphilly
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I have worked in Social Services for the past 28 years - I began my career in social care in Mid Glamorgan in 1988, supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and people with autism to access daytime opportunity services. Following that, I became involved in supported employment for people with a learning disability and worked to improve access to employment opportunities before going on to manage daytime opportunity services for people with a learning disability in the Cynon Valley. In 2001, I joined the Commissioning Team in Caerphilly Social Services as a Planning Manager, working strategically to support the development of services for people with a learning disability. In 2010, I became the Service Manager for the Commissioning Team, a role which now covers all services commissioned for Children and Adults, including Housing Support.

Kath Deakin: Support Provider Representative
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Kath is Head of Sustainable Communities at Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA). She has over 20 years of housing experience having started her career as Trainee Housing Manager at Newport Borough Council where she gained her MSc in Housing. Since then she has worked in housing teams for local authorities and RSLs. Following the transfer of the local authority stock in Monmouthshire in 2008, Kath developed MHA’s inclusion and community investment services as well as a successful customer contact centre. Kath’s role now includes the development and management of support services for MHA and is really enjoying being part of a pilot for delivery of supporting people services in Monmouthshire and developing an MHA funded tenancy coaching service.

Ceri Meloy: Tai Pawb Co-opted Member
Chris Humphrey: Local Authority Representative, Newport
Johanna Robinson: Office Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC)
Geraint Spacey: Youth Offending Service (YOS)
Jo Lewis-Jones: Health Representative
Julia Osmond: Public Health Representative
Nicola Needle: Local Authority Representative, Monmouthshire
Simon Rose: Local Authority Representative - Torfaen
Simon currently holds the position of Group Manager with Torfaen County Borough Council with the responsibility for housing services and commissioning arrangements covering both children and adult services alongside the delivering of Housing Support Grant funded services.  He has worked across a number of Local Authorities in Wales for over 20 years covering the delivery of operational housing and support services alongside the strategic development of key services aimed at meeting local need, developing partnerships to deliver key outcomes for residents across a range of agendas.
Mark Johnson: Police Representative
Rachael Lewis: Housing Support Lead Representative - Torfaen
Shelly Jones: Housing Support Lead Representative - Torfaen
Michelle Church: Housing Support Lead Representative - Blaenau Gwent
Lyn Webber: Housing Support Lead Representative - Monmouthshire
Nigel Stannard: Housing Support Lead Representative - Newport
Sheryl Thomas: Homelessness Lead Representative - Torfaen
Sadie O Connor: Homelessness Lead Representative - Caerphilly
Mark Congreve: Homelessness Lead Representative - Blaenau Gwent
Jane Oates: Homelessness Lead Representative: Monmouthshire
Natalie Thompson: Homelessness Lead Representative: Newport

Gwent Housing Support Teams

Gwent Team
Blaenau Gwent
Blaenau Gwent CBC
Michelle Church Housing Support Lead Officer
Claire Davies Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Michelle Wyatt Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Caerphilly CBC
Shelly Jones Housing Support Manager
Tiffeny Davies Project Officer
Tracey Evans Interim Project Officer
Rhodri Nicholas Review and Monitoring Officer
Rachel Baker Monitoring Offi
Elaine Hardman Admin Assistant
Monmouthshire CC
Lyn Webber Housing Support Lead Officer
Trudy Griffin Housing Support & Development Manager
Connor Leacock Admin Assistant
Newport CC
Nigel Stannard Housing Support Lead Officer
Luci Clague Principle Contracts & Reviewing Officer
Caroline Mansfield Principle Finance Offficer
Peta Daniels Planning & Information Officer
Sam Taylor Gateway Co-ordinator
Clare Rogers Gateway Co-ordinator
Richard Cooper Gateway Co-ordinator
Francesca Bellandi Financial Inclusion Support Worker
Sarah Millar Financial Inclusion Support Worker
Susan Turner-Jones Admin Officer
Kerys Payne Apprentice Admin Officer
Torfaen CBC
Rachael Lewis Commissioning Manager
Sophie Slade Senior Contracts Officer & Review Officer
Marie Williams Contracts Officer
Shane Baker Gateway & Performance Officer
Hayley Wilson Gateway Officer