Chris Rutson stands for re-election to Cymorth Board
Chris Rutson, Head of Supported Housing at United Welsh is standing for re-election to the Cymorth Board. The postal ballot is currently underway and we’re hoping that Cymorth members will once again recognise the contribution she has made to both Cymorth and the sector and re-elect her to the Board.
Chris says “ I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Cymorth Board for the past 5 years and feel that I have built up the experience to be able to help steer the organisation through the challenging times ahead. I can always be counted on to put the effort in when required and hope that my record will encourage people to support me in the election.”
Below you can view the nomination form for Chris Rutson
I started my career at Adamsdown Housing Association (now part of Cardiff Community) from 1979 – 1983. I returned to work in housing, after a career break, joining United Welsh as a housing officer in 1991. Having gained an interest in Supported Housing as a Board member for Cwm Rhymni Action Group (now part of Llamau) and while studying for my M.Sc. in Housing, I became Support Services Manager at United Welsh in 2000 and having been promoted, have held the position of Head of Support Services since February 2006.
RELEVANT SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
I have served as a Cymorth board member since 2006. I currently chair the HR and remuneration sub group and am a member of the Governance sub group. I have attended all but one meeting of the Cymorth Board since becoming a member and also committed both my own time and my organisation’s resources to assisting Cymorth with its vital role. I have been very involved in the Governance workstream taking forward the Aylward review of Housing Related Support and due to this am now also a member of the Transition working group planning the implementation of the changes to the administration of Supporting People. I have also represented Cymorth in meetings with the Welsh Government on equality impact assessments.
As well as my participation in the board of Cymorth, I have served as three years as Chair of CHC Support Services forum and as a National Council member for CHC. I also currently chair Welsh Women’s Aid ASP Board
My role as a senior manager within United Welsh gives me responsibility for developing the strategy for supported housing within our overall corporate strategy and for the budgets and financial management of this part of the business. I am therefore able to contribute to this part of the Board’s role. United Welsh provides supported housing for a wide range of client groups, working with 33 support providers so I have an understanding of the issues facing both SPG and SPRG services. This has aided me in acting as an ambassador not only for my own organisation but also for the sector generally for example at Local Authority strategy events.
I have a particular interest in developing service user participation within supported housing and have led the implementation of a Tenant Participation Compact within United Welsh, covering both our directly managed and agency managed supported housing, which has been recognised as good practice by the Wales Audit Office and the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.
I have a thorough understanding of the challenges around improving and engaging the workforce in supported housing and have considerable experience of staff management issues, including insights gained from my many years service as a trade union representative.