Bristol City Council has announced ten new board members to join the governing bodies of the authority’s Housing, Energy and Waste companies.
New members join their respective boards following a robust recruitment process that attracted a large number of candidates to apply.
Among those recruited are new board chairs for Bristol Energy and Goram Homes. Stephen Robertson joins Bristol Energy as chair of the board and Aman Dalvi will take up a similar position with the council’s new housing company Goram Homes.
Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance at Bristol City Council, said: “We’re delighted to welcome those joining the boards of Bristol Energy, Bristol Waste and Goram Homes. The process we went through to identify, interview and appoint our new members was detailed and has resulted in securing the services of some highly experienced and talented people. It’s vital to any governing body that their members bring with them a range of knowledge and experiences to support their respective management teams in delivering the ambitions of the company and stakeholder. I look forward to working with all board members in future to continue the growth of our companies and successful delivery of positive impacts for Bristol.”
Bristol City Council remains the sole shareholder of Bristol Energy, Bristol Waste and Goram Homes. The board of directors in each company act on behalf of the shareholder to run the day to day affairs of the business with their respective management teams to ensure the company’s success and deliver the positive social impacts that each company was set up to achieve.
Stephen Robertson, incoming chair of the board of directors at Bristol Energy, said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Bristol Energy board and welcome the opportunity to play a role in the company’s continued growth. The founding principles of tackling fuel poverty in Bristol and bringing to market cleaner and sustainable energy options are high priorities for me as is ensuring the company continues to deliver good value for its current and new customers. There are a number of exciting opportunities ahead of the company as we enter a new phase that will see us play a pivotal role in delivering the city’s landmark City Leap programme. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the board, the company’s management team and the shareholder to ensure Bristol Energy continues on its journey of success.”
The council’s newest company, Goram Homes, was set up in October 2018 with the mission to accelerate home building across the city and beyond. The company’s first development schemes have already been identified at Romney House, Lockleaze and Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site and will be taken forward as joint ventures with development organisations.
Aman Dalvi, the new chair of the board of directors of Goram Homes, said: “Tackling Bristol’s housing issues is a major priority for the city and precisely the reason Goram Homes has been created. I am delighted to have the opportunity, along with my board colleagues, to support this innovative new approach to stimulating house building. Our aim as a board will be to support the management team and ensure that the company delivers on its mission of building good quality homes that best suit the needs of the local community.”
Tom Spaul, current chair of the board of directors of Bristol Waste, said: “I welcome our new members and look forward to working with them to continue on our journey of supporting the city to recycle more, throw away less and waste nothing. We are proud of what we have achieved so far as a company and the positive impact we are delivering for the people of Bristol. Along with our new board members we will continue to grow, deliver and strive towards making Bristol a better city for everyone.”
The ten new members joining company boards are:
Aman Dalvi – Chair – Goram Homes
Mark Hallett – Independent Non-Executive Director – Goram Homes
Nick Buckland – Independent Non-Executive Director – Goram Homes
Sinead Butters – Independent Non-Executive Director – Goram Homes
Stephen Robertson – Chair – Bristol Energy
Bethan Evans – Independent Non-Executive Director – Bristol Energy
Alan Mather – Independent Non-Executive Director – Bristol Energy
Peter Madden – Independent Non-Executive Director – Bristol Energy
Bob Barltrop - Independent Non-Executive Director – Bristol Waste
Richard Brislen - Independent Non-Executive Director – Bristol Waste