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Posted June 30, 2017

Farewell to Ian Williams

Ian Williams, Wales’ longest-standing Housing Chief Executive, retired on Friday 30 June after 38 years in the sector. He is succeeded by Jas Bains, MBE.

Ian began his career with Hafod Housing in 1978 which at the time had 300 properties and a turnover of £100,000.

In 2002, Hafod expanded its area of operation and Ian became Chief Executive of its parent company, Hendre Limited. Thanks to his strong leadership, Hendre is now one of the largest providers of housing, care and support in South Wales has over 5,700 properties, employs over 1,350 people and has a turnover in excess of £50 million.

In addition to leading Hendre, Ian was on the National Council of Community Housing Cymru, the membership body for housing associations in Wales, for six years and was also Chair.

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru said: “Ian is a well-known and highly respected member of the sector.  Under his leadership, Hendre have played a key role in delivering vital homes and housing services in the areas which they operate. Working with other housing partners, the Welsh Government and the private sector, Ian was chair of the Welsh Housing Partnership, which has helped to deliver over 1,000 affordable homes since it was established in 2011. It’s been a privilege to work with him and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd Housing added:

“I first met Ian in late 1992 at Hafod's offices on Cathedral Road. I had recently started as Chief Executive at Newydd HA and wanted to get an insight into current issues from someone who knew the score. Ian has made a terrific contribution to Welsh housing, leading the growth and development of Hafod into the Hendre Group and as a key influencer as one of the innovators in the Welsh Housing Partnership and as an active Community Housing Cymru supporter. I wish him an enjoyable and healthy retirement, he leaves Hendre in good shape for the future.”

 Commenting on his retirement Ian said:
“The Housing Sector, and the Hendre Group especially, has changed dramatically since 1978.  I feel very honoured to have been part of the development of such a successful organisation and I know that Hendre will go from strength to strength providing the quality housing, care and support that the people of South Wales deserve.

Ian’s successor Jas Bains, MBE took up his post on 3 July.

Jas joins Hendre from the Accord Group and brings substantial experience having worked in the Housing Association Sector in England for 15 years, latterly as Chief Executive overseeing one of the Group’s subsidiary companies which worked across Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull.
He also has a wide range of Board experience having served on the boards of Housing Associations, a Regional Development Agency, Universities and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Jas has successfully led national award winning organisation transformation programmes and has a keen interest in enterprise and innovation. In 2011 he was awarded the MBE for 'Outstanding services to housing and community cohesion’.

Jas, age 53, was born in Wolverhampton and is an avid football fan and Wolves season ticket holder. Married with one son he is looking forward to relocating to south Wales. He said: "I am delighted to have been appointed Group Chief Executive of such a prestigious organisation and located in a part of the world where I have close family ties. Ian has done a magnificent job and leaves the organisation in great shape. I would like to wish Ian every success for the future."
Ian concluded: “Jas is joining an excellent organisation with fantastic Board Members and staff. I wish him every success in helping to deliver the Group’s vision of Making Lives Better.”

To contact Jas please email