Director Biographies

Matt Garvey – Chairperson, VHMC

I moved to Basingstoke in 2007 when I bought a flat at the Victory Hill estate on Winterthur Way. My professional background is in apprenticeships and for the last 10 years I have been Managing Director of West Berkshire Training Consortium www.wbtc-uk.com in Newbury. As you’d expect I am experienced in running a business, managing finances and decision making. My business experience often comes in handy when acting as a director at VHMC. I enjoy volunteering as a director at VHMC since 2013. Over the years we have made a significant difference to the lives of residents and we endeavour to maintain the appeal of Winterthur Way. We don’t always get it right and sometimes we can’t change things as fast as we want but I assure you that whatever we do is with the leaseholder in mind.

Martin Edge

Professional civil engineer, retired since 2015.  Formerly Commercial Director of a large international engineering and environmental consultancy based in Basingstoke.  Experienced in design and management of construction and consultancy projects with particular emphasis on procurement procedures, cost control and excellence in delivery. 

Leaseholder at Winterthur Way since 2004.  Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2019.

Interests: staying healthy and feeling young.   And making Winterthur Way a better place to be.

Wayne Buckley

I currently lead the Business Change practice for Reply Ltd, a technology focused management consultancy. Prior to joining Reply, I was Head Of Transformation at Telefonica (O2) before which I held the same position at Tui Travel PLC (owners of the Thomson and First Choice brands in the UK). 

In my current role, I am responsible for leading complex, often business critical, change on behalf of clients that include NHS Blood and Transplant, the Ministry of Justice, Metropolitan Police Service, Co-op group and many other public and  private sector organisations. My role requires me to build constructive working relationships with c-suite leaders and grass root colleagues across diverse organisations and cultures.

Among others, my accountabilities include: helping organisations balance investment needs with operational risk; developing new work methods to grow and sustain long term value and improving the overall effectiveness of organisations (for example, by leading change in business strategy, operational plans or organisation structures).

As a director on VHMC, beyond my statutory duties, I see my role as: (i) to collaborate with other directors in overseeing the services delivered by our agent; (ii) to share knowledge and expertise that helps further the interest of VHMC members in a fair and transparent way; and (iii) to ensure members risk is adequately managed (for example, by challenging profligate spending – particularly during a period of economic instability – when the financial impact of both unresolved insurance disputes and the need for urgent cladding replacement remains unclear).

Jaz Parmar

My name is Jaz Parmar and I live and own a property at Winterthur Way since 2004. 

In my professional life, I currently work as an Executive Assistant for a telecoms company and I have also worked in blue chip companies in other sectors throughout my career; Shire Pharmaceuticals, BBC Worldwide, Christies Auction House… 

Me as a person; I am an approachable and sensitive individual, which combined with my professional demeanor, allows me to forge strong relationships at all levels of an organization (from directors and senior managers to clerical assistants and security). In both my current and previous roles, it is routine for me to actively participate in decision making forums, deal with commercially sensitive information and to ensure that processes necessary to protect the integrity of decision making are strictly adhered to.

I have been serving as a volunteer / Director on the board for approx 7 years now and feel I have seen a lot of changes not only across the estate but also across the Board. Being a female, and Indian and a Director living on site I feel I am able to represent the minority and try to voice what I hear leaseholders living on site are asking for. I think all leaseholders have a voice, we need to be heard, we need to be able to ask questions and have a say on how our money is spent on our investments. 

Dave Griffith

To Follow.

Stewart Smart

Stewart Smart – VHMC Director Bio

I started my career as a Scientific Officer at what was the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, followed by many years in software design, implementation and consultancy for a software company, including time as Quality Manager for its Defence Division. I was also an internationally Registered Lead Auditor for an Accredited international Quality Management Systems Certification company. I ended my career as Quality Manager and OFCOM Billing Accuracy Program Manager for Vodafone UK, followed by time as an independent Billing Accuracy consultant to Vodafone, helping them to achieve further OFCOM Approval for billing accuracy.

My wife and I bought an apartment on Winterthur Way in 2015 and I joined the VHMC Board as a Director in 2016, with a view to helping ensure that budgets are set correctly and that expenditure is in keeping with maintaining the estate to an acceptable level without incurring excessive costs to Leaseholders. I am also passionate about ethical standards of behaviour and business practice.

Edward Loughrey

My name is Edward, I grew up in Basingstoke, then I lived in London for 6 years, before moving back to purchase a property with my partner in Winterthur Way. I am a serving Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police. I am keen to make a positive contribution to the Winterthur Estate, and seek to improve the safety, well-being and quality of life for all residents. In my time at Winterthur Way, I have set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and actively contribute to the Facebook Group.

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