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GUAC welcomes new Board Members – Meet them here!

Give us a Chance is delighted to welcome three new board members to the GUAC leadership team.

Speaking of the recent appointments, GUAC Chair Jayne Entwistle said:

“On behalf of Give us a Chance, I’d like to welcome each new Board member.  By joining our Board, now with its full complement of ten non-executive Directors drawn from the national membership of GUAC, they will each play an important role in setting the strategic direction of GUAC and influencing both the housing and employment sectors jointly.  

“We know that high quality employment support delivered through our membership really does transform lives, and our Board of Directors are key to supporting GUAC on the national stage to do more, be heard and make a difference in our communities”.


Farida Aslam

Monmouthshire Housing Association

Farida Aslam has worked within the Housing sector for over 10 years, and she is currently employed by Monmouthshire Housing.  She has been instrumental in leading and developing the Monmouthshire Housing Anti-Poverty approach encompassing Financial, Economical and Digital Inclusion. Farida’s role involves managing the employment and skills programmes, developing a partnership approach to employability and securing external funding, whilst also managing the delivery of Social Welfare advice encompassing Welfare Benefits and Debt, Financial Capability and Fuel poverty.   Farida is currently a Board Member on Chartered Institute of Housing Wales and is a Public Appointee and a Lay Member of Social Care Wales.  Farida also sits on the Welsh Government Financial Inclusion Strategy delivery group.

Farida is keen to raise the profile of the work that the housing sector is doing in Wales through working with GUAC and sharing best practice across the devolved nations.


Donna Shepherd

Shepherd’s Bush Housing Group

Donna is Director of Housing at Shepherds Bush Housing Group. As part of her role, Donna oversees residents access to employment support, including via the award-winning ‘Best Chance’ service which offers support into employment, education, apprenticeships & training for residents and the wider west London community.  With more than 20 years’ experience, Donna has focused on community investment as part of housing management.

Talking of the work she does to lead change for residents at SBHG, Donna said: “A job is the biggest factor which transforms and gives people control of their lives. It’s a focus at SBHG as part of our community focus. Knowing the difference this makes made me want to help others do the same and to champion the value it adds.”


Debra Scarratt

Yarlington Housing Group (Inspired to Achieve)

Debra Scarratt, Head of Inspired to Achieve, leads the employment support function at Yarlington Housing Group, a south west based provider of housing solutions.  Inspired to Achieve is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yarlington and works to deliver a range of contracts focused on moving people into employment, education and training.

Prior to Yarlington, Debra held over 15 years’ experience working in careers and employment sector roles starting as a Careers Adviser and quickly progressing to working within senior management positions. Debra brings a unique and wide-ranging wealth of knowledge on best practice to support opportunities for social inclusion and mobility.

Debra is hugely impressed by the excellent employment support that housing associations offer on a daily basis to support a range of people.  On joining the Board, Debra said:

“There’s no question that GUAC has an important part to play in influencing policy and perceptions to recognise housing associations as leaders in employment and skill support.  I’m delighted to be able to join the team and support this work.”

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