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Megan Fereday

Megan is Communications Officer at Commonweal Housing.

Two new trustees appointed to Commonweal Housing

Programme director Amarjit Bains and housing surveying and construction expert Sheldon Shillingford have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of housing and social justice charity Commonweal Housing.

Amarjit Bains is a senior leader with extensive experience of delivering strategy, operations and transformation in both public and private sectors. She is well versed at collaborating across diverse and multiple stakeholders, and has a proven track record of delivering growth and restructure of businesses to ensure successful social value and commercial outcomes. 

Amarjit has held leadership roles in the private sector for more than a decade, and most recently joined Bridges Outcomes Partnership as Programme Director for their Single Homelessness Partnership Services. She was previously a Director at Mears Group PLC where she was responsible for a contract to deliver homes and support to asylum seekers across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north east of England.

Sheldon has a proven track record of successfully delivering complex construction and housing projects to high standards. He is dedicated to and passionate about helping shape a society where the most basic of human rights and security are afforded to all, particularly marginalised groups.

Sheldon’s professional background is in surveying, including over six years with Peabody in which he delivered a range of projects to maintain the organisation’s property portfolio and in turn enhance the resident’s home. Sheldon also has experience of the UK construction industry from a range of roles held over ten years, and has a keen interest in construction law. He holds qualifications in building surveying, construction technology and business studies, and is a Board Member of Cowley RMO.

Sheldon and Amarjit were formally appointed by Commonweal’s trustees at a board meeting on the 14th December 2020, and will attend their first meeting as trustees on Monday 15th March.

They join the charity’s nine other trustees whose combined expertise spans parliament, academia, social housing, development and regeneration and finance.

Amarjit said, “Commonweal’s approach and progressive idea driven work is an absolute asset in the current climate.”

“Their ability to research and create alternative and tailored models of support and housing for specific disadvantaged groups is a significant outcome on a practical level. I am excited to be appointed as a Trustee and look forward to supporting the organisation.”

Amarjit Bains – Trustee, Commonweal Housing

Sheldon said, “I am elated to have recently been appointed onto Commonweal Housing Board of Trustees to help the organisation achieve its objectives of engaging with stakeholders on various aspects of social injustices.”

“I look forward to working with colleagues to continue the exciting and rewarding work of exploring innovative housing ideas, opportunities and solutions.”

Sheldon Shillingford – Trustee, Commonweal Housing

Commonweal Housing is an independent charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing-based solutions to social injustice. By using charitable resources Commonweal Housing provide experts and partner organisations the opportunity to trial and test new approaches designed to enhance housing equality and justice.

To find more about Commonweal Housing’s board of trustees visit: https://www.commonwealhousing.org.uk/about-us/our-team

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