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New Chief Executive joins the team

We have welcomed our new Chief Executive; Joanne Oak to the team today replacing interim Chief Executive; Duncan Forbes, who had been leading the organisation over the last 6 months.


Providing and managing nearly 6,000 homes across Bridgend, our vision is to help build a better Wales and with Joanne on board she will certainly support us to do this.


Jo is a qualified accountant with over two decades of senior leadership roles across the public and third sectors.  She is experienced in leadership, change management, strategic planning, financial management and governance.


She moves from Social Care Wales where she was a Director of Strategy and Corporate Services.  She has the pivotal role of driving the organisation through growth and transformation working with Welsh Government, sector partners and colleagues.  Jo is also currently a Board member of Bron Afon Community Housing and a Trustee for Buildings Communities Trust.  


Commenting on her first day, Jo said, “It does feel very strange still sitting in the same room I left on Friday whilst working for Social Care Wales and arrive Monday morning working for Valleys to Coast but I am absolutely delighted to have officially started. I am fully equipped to work from home and have been warmly welcomed by everyone I have managed to meet so far and look forward to settling in while supporting the organisation through this time.”