Gwenda Thomas, chair of the committee, said: 'Over the autumn term the committee will be undertaking a major study into the executive's policy on the transfer of local authority housing stock into community ownership.
'The committee is keen to explore whether this is the only option which is capable of delivering investment on a scale necessary to overcome the massive backlog of repairs and essential modernisation for council housing in Wales.
'Judith Wayne has extensive knowledge of housing policy, stock investment, community regeneration and stock transfer issues. I am delighted that the committee will have the benefit of her wide experience to help take this important review forward.'
1. Judith Wayne is a senior consultant with HACAS Consulting and leads their services in Wales. Prior to that she was an executive consultant with KPMG, and she was the director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales from 1988 to 1993. She has also been a committee member of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service in Wales, chair of the Newydd Housing Association and a member of the Board of Tai Cymru (Housing for Wales).
2. The terms of reference for the review are:
To consider the policy on the transfer of local authority housing stock into community ownership, and in particular:
- the emerging model for community ownership and the extent to which the model can be tailored to meet the needs of local communities (including disabled people and others with particular requirements);
- whether there are alternative approaches which could generate the finance necessary to overcome the backlog of repair and essential modernisation for council housing.
3. The review is due for completion by the end of the year, when the committee will produce a report for consideration by plenary. Information will be provided by outside bodies submitting their views and meeting with the committee, as well as by Assembly officials. The committee may also undertake some fact-finding visits in connection with the review.
4. The expert adviser will provide independent advice to the committee during this process. The position is unremunerated, although the adviser will be entitled to reimbursement of travelling and subsistence expenses.
5. This appointment was made by fair and open competition in line with the national assembly's code of practice on public appointments.