Tenant Members

Zena Beirne
Ken Bucknall

Ken Bucknall

Ken has spent most of his professional life working at the BBC and ran his own media business for many years. Actively involved in his local community he is a member of the Caldicot Community Events Team and The Friends of Caldicot Castle Group.

Ken has been a tenant for eight years and has been involved representing tenants in Monmouthshire Housing Association for around six years with his involvement in the Tenants Forum and other committees, as well as being a Board member.  Ken has achieved a Chartered Institute of Housing Qualification in Social Housing. These experiences have enabled Ken to confidently take an active role when participating in our association’s activities and Ken has always been keen to ensure tenant’s views are at the very heart of the way in which the organisation is run.

Ken previously served as a Board member between 2001 and 2014 and 2015 - 2018. He gratefully returns for his second consecutive term in September 2018. Ken is passionate about Social Housing and making sure that MHA delivers excellent services for every tenant.

Sandra Flanagan






Sandra Flanagan

Sandra is originally from Scotland. She retired at the end of last year and moved from Newport to Abergavenny. Sandra’s working life was spent in finance and for the last 10 years she was a legal cashier for a firm of solicitors.

She is married and has two sons and three grandchildren. Sandra says she was so impressed by MHA that she wanted to be part of it and was thrilled to be voted on to the Board. Sandra returns to the Board in September 2018 on her second consecutive term.

Her hobbies include reading, swimming and she has just finished a course in QIGong, the ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.

Zena Beirne - Board member

Zena Beirne

Recently retired, Zena has devoted 35 years of her career to community development, "I’ve worked with Newport City Council for 35 years and know that openness and transparency are critical to building trust with communities and residents. Openness in decision-making is an important part of enabling people to feel part of something significant and giving them a say in their futures.  I am passionate about people and enjoy working in a community where I can give something back.

I have two children and five grandchildren who are my life.  I enjoy spending time with them and taking them to the library, swimming and watching football.

I feel it’s important to listen to people’s views and those that drive the future and feel that MHA is not just an organisation but one that cares about people and believe there is a drive for change and to be listened to."


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