Broadland Meridian was set up to provide training and employment support services to disadvantaged people, particularly those suffering from psychiatric, physical or mental rehabilitation.
It now fulfils this function as a grant-giving body, providing grants to local organisations that share Broadland Meridian’s charitable objectives and aims.
Broadland Meridian board
Martin started his career in the Royal Navy as a radio operator. He specialised in tactical communications and coded signals for the manoeuvring of ships in company at sea, via flag hoists and flashing light and voice.
Later when Martin was working in local government, his extensive communications and computer skills and experience led to him becoming a lead IT officer. He also worked closely with local police and social services, project managing and integrating their communications needs and those of the local council.
Martin’s early career means he takes a keen interest in homelessness, especially for armed forces veterans who can often feel they are a non-priority for housing. Martin currently volunteers for the Royal British Legion as a committee member.
Martin is a shared ownership tenant and looks forward to learning more about the social housing sector as a whole. He feels that he can bring a different perspective to the Board as a tenant, and looks forward to shaping the future policy and direction of the Association.
Jenny Manser is an independent management consultant, mainly serving community and voluntary sector organisations. Until September 2017 she was the Chair of Broadland’s Board. Her areas of expertise are social housing, change management and the development of community-based health and social care projects.
A former director of Anglia Housing Group, she has held various executive and non- executive roles, and continues to support a variety of organisations and community groups throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.
Kate Slack, MA, joined the Board of Broadland Housing in 2011, initially as a tenant Board member, before being appointed as an independent Board member in 2012. Kate is working towards a PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia, where she specialises in women, motherhood, and their relationship to the state.
During her time on the Board, Kate chaired the Funding panel (2012-2013) and the Asset Management and Maintenance panel. She was a member of the Housing Management panel. Kate has a particular interest in environmental issues and sustainable development in housing.
Gavin Tempest spent the first 30 years of his career working as a Police Officer. He worked as a Chief Inspector, Head of Community Safety in Norfolk, specialising in partnership working and operations management.
Gavin has a long track record bringing together housing-sector specific and non-housing related community agencies, helping to tackle broader local community issues through collaboration. He won a prestigious Home Office Tilley Award for partnership problem solving alcohol-related crime and disorder, and he has been part of national and local influence on policing responses to licensing, street prostitution and anti-social behaviour. Gavin was Project Director for the development of Neighbourhood Policing in Norfolk, and has a thorough understanding of operational issues facing housing providers.