Independent Community Advisor Appointed

Following interviews TPAS (Tenant Participation & Advisory Service) have been appointed as the independent community advisors for the regeneration projects in Matson & Podsmead. The Community Advisory group were involved with the process and decided to appoint Jenny Vernon and Mal Harrison from TPAS.

The role of the Independent Community Advisor is to act as a contact for the communities of Matson & Podsmead and anyone with concerns or questions about the regeneration project can make contact.

You can contact Jenny and Mal on…

Call freephone number 0800 731 1619. (If calling from a mobile number you will be charged, so leave your name, mobile number and area you live for a call back.)

Or email

Jenny Vernon – Lead Independent Community Advisor

Jenny VernonWith over 30 years’ experience in social housing and 10 years’ experience providing independent advice, Jenny is passionate about supporting communities facing regeneration.  She had personal experience of this when her home was demolished to make way for supported accommodation.  So she is familiar with the stress and worry that people can feel at this time and is committed to reducing this by ensuring communities are both fully informed and empowered to help shape regeneration decisions and their future.

Mal Harrison – Independent Community Advisor

With 25 year’s experience in senior posts of social housing, from a Resident Involvement Manager through to Head of Service Improvement for a major housing provider, Mal now works in the social housing sector as a trainer and mentor focusing on Tenant Involvement and Empowerment, Community Development and Scrutiny.   Mal provides training and mentoring to Management/Boards, Scrutiny and Community Groups and as an independent Tenant Advisor.  Mal also specialises in designing and running training and other activities which are lively, fun, colourful and participative so that people learn better and are inspired.