Ms Debbie Green is Chief Executive of Coastal Housing Group a social housing provider in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. With a turnover of over £25m and with a building development of over £50m, Coastal provides circa 5,500 homes in the area. As well as supporting tenants to sustain their tenancies, Coastal is also committed to sustaining communities and supporting the local economy in a variety of ways including supporting local SME’s, and creating training, volunteering, apprenticeship and job opportunities in the area. Coastal is well known as a specialist in complex urban regeneration schemes, and the multimillion pound development and regeneration programme includes the mixed use Urban Village scheme in Swansea High Street. An innovative organisation, Coastal uses lean systems thinking for continuous improvement and is in the top 30 of the Times Best Companies to work for. Prior to becoming Chief Executive, Ms Green was Coastal’s Group Finance Director and played a key role in the merger which formed Coastal Housing Group in 2008.
Before commencing her career in housing Ms Green worked for the national women’s’ economic development charity, Chwarae Teg, which she subsequently chaired, and before that the Arts Council of Wales where she was responsible for setting up new systems for their new lottery division.
Ms Green obtained a history degree from Cambridge and moved to Cardiff in 1988 where she undertook her accountancy training, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in 1992 before starting her career spanning the private, public and third sector. She also has an MBA from the Open University and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing. She is Chair of the housing umbrella body Community Housing Cymru, and is also Treasurer of Gofal Cymru, a leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity, as well as being a new member of Glas Cymru.
Ms Green is a Court-appointed lay member of Swansea University Council.