Regulation Advisory Groups

Regulation Advisory Group

Overall Aim

To implement the Regulatory Board for Wales strategic action plan in response to the interim evaluation of the Regulatory Framework, considering in detail items emerging from that action plan and making recommendations to RBW.  To support the RBW on making recommendations and identifying key strategic priorities.  To act as an advisory sounding board to support and promote effective, proportionate housing regulation based on the principles of co regulation and delivered using a relationship management approach.

Responsible to - the Regulatory Board for Wales

Objectives and Priority Actions

  • To re establish an appropriate model of regulation:
        > Work with the Finance Advisory Group to develop a risk based approach to regulation
        > Explore the potential for a Sector Tenant Survey to capture comparative information on service delivery
        > Gain assurance that the regulation team has the skills and resources required to deliver
  • To advise on any revised regulation arrangements eg for delivery outcomes, reporting, judgements 
  • To advise on appropriate redrafting of the Regulatory Framework to take account of the above 
  • To coordinate communication on changes/developments related to the above
  • To advocate a co regulation approach to regulation
  • To advocate a relationship management approach to regulation
  • To consider the need for thematic views and sector studies in the light of the findings from regulation activity 
  • To consider the development of effective arrangements to identify and sustain a pool of potential co-opted Board Members to support any required regulatory intervention

 Functions

  • To act as a bridge between the housing regulation team and the housing sector 
  • To support co regulation
  • To improve communications
  • To improve collaborative working
  • To improve relationship management
  • Act as a sounding board to support co regulation, improve communications and 
  • To make recommendations to RBW to allow it to advise the Minister on positive actions that need to be considered.

Membership

Core membership from:  
Regulatory Board – Gayna Jones (chair); Regulation Team – Carol Kay;  CHC – Amanda Oliver, Doug Elliott;  and Welsh Tenants – Steve Clarke.
-  plus 2 representatives from housing associations sourced from via CHC
(CHC to nominate names and core membership to co-opt)
-  plus additional co-options on a skills base as necessary

Finance Advisory Group

Overall Aim

To provide support to the Regulatory Board for Wales in relation to the key strategic issues facing the Welsh housing association sector in relation to finance and risk. 

Responsible to - the Regulatory Board for Wales

Objectives and Priority Actions

  • To help identify sector risks and to debate and discuss with the sector 
  • Work with the Regulatory Advisory Group to establish a risk based approach to regulation 
  • To review and develop the FVJ process and reports

Functions

  • To ensure that a more risk based approach is taken with regards to regulatory assessments
  • To make recommendation to the RBW to allow it to advices the Minister on the positive actions that need to be considered

Membership
The Group will be chaired by John Marr (CML representative on the Regulatory Board of Wales). 

Core members will consist of: 

  • Naheed Hussain - Senior Financial Analyst – Welsh Government 
  • Debbie Green - Chair of CHC Finance Forum and Finance Director at Coastal Housing Group Ltd
  • Steve Evans – Head of Finance and IT at CHC
  • Steve Primarolo – Relationship Manager at THFC
  • Katrina Michael – Finance Director at Tai Ceredigion Cyf
  • Tony Wilson – Finance Director at Wales & West Housing
  • Alison Johns – Corporate Credit Manager at Barclays Bank 
  • Emma Holiday – Director at KPMG
  • Plus additional co-options on a skills base as necessary

Learning and Development Advisory Group

Overall Aim

To act as an advisory group to the RBfW to identify and support learning and development arising from regulation.  To encourage improvement across the housing association sector and to promote appropriate training and the sharing of positive practice through a co-regulation approach. 

Responsible to - the Regulatory Board for Wales

Objectives 

  • To contribute to improving the quality of service delivery, governance and financial management in the housing association sector through identifying and disseminating learning arising from regulatory activity.
  • To encourage improvements in governance, finance and service delivery by promoting shared learning and positive practice.
  • To work with TAP and the Regulator to encourage promote positive practice and shared learning in Tenant Participation and Engagement.
  • To identify and advise the board on key topics for thematic and sector wide studies and to ensure effective dissemination of learning from these studies
  • To contribute to improvements in the quality of self-assessments by enabling delivery of relevant support to the sector including opportunities for sharing of information and experience.

Functions

  • Promote great emphasis on learning from regulation – by the regulator and the housing association sector
  • Ensure that information gathered through regulation is used to identify, share and encourage positive practice across the housing association sector in Wales
  • Help coordinate and disseminate lessons learned from regulation
  • To make recommendations to RBW to allow it to advise the Minister on positive actions that need to be considered.

Membership
Regulation Team, CHC, RBW, TPAS Cymru and Welsh Tenants and Tai Pawb, plus additional co-options on a skills base as necessary