From solicitors to accountants, community advocates to volunteers, our Board of Directors is made up of a diverse range of people with varying skills, experiences, and expertise. Each individual brings a unique perspective, accumulated insight, and valuable opinions that contribute to the day-to-day functioning of CCHA.
If you identify as ethnically diverse and have a passion for leadership, our Pathway to Board membership is a continuous professional development opportunity designed to better equip you to contribute to the leadership of an organisation, particularly the housing sector. It will give you with the opportunity to influence how organisations make decisions that affect our communities, and change the face of leadership across Wales. If you would like to take part in this project, please get in touch with the Project Leader, Abdi Segulle on 07976 983 931 or email email@example.com Head to the Taff Housing website to find out more, and follow Pathway to Board on Twitter!
Mike has worked in housing since 1982, retiring in April 2019. He is a dedicated housing professional and in 2018 won the “lifetime achievement award” for his contribution to Welsh Housing. He was also identified as one of the 10 most influential people in UK housing by a national housing magazine. He has regularly contributed on housing policy in particular on issues such as rent levels, poverty and social justice.
His most recent role was as Chief Executive of Merthyr Valleys Homes (MVH) which became the first Tenant and Employee mutual in Wales. MVH changed from a large scale stock transfer into a mutual housing organisation in 2015.
Following this work he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.
Scott is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and experienced in risk profiling around budgeting, cash flow, development and maintenance work. His current role as Commercial Director at Candleston Homes includes establishing a ‘homes for sale’ business, brand building and strategic development.
Janet Beauchamp (BA Hons, Dip TRP, MCD, MRTPI) is a chartered town planner who has worked in practice in policy, community planning, regeneration projects and urban design roles for more than 25 years.
She is the Programme Director for the Chartered Institute of Housing accredited Housing Studies undergraduate programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University and has taught in two other universities, adding value as a practitioner. She is currently undertaking her Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE).
Janet passionately believes that provision of good quality affordable housing is a key factor for a successful and happy life and is keen to use her skills and experience on the board to help CCHA to continue to make this happen.
Janet has lived in the Roath area of the city, where CCHA has a number of homes, for the past 21 years.
Michelle has worked in the financial services sector for a number of years. She is experienced in managing conduct and risk, budgets and business plans. Ms Wade is certified under the FCS’s Senior Manager Regime and is Vice-Chair of UK Finance (mortgages) Wales Policy Committee.
She is particularly interested in how we can address the issues arising from climate change, and how buildings can be made more environmentally friendly to benefit both tenants and the environment.
Michelle lives with her husband Nick and their dog Oscar, who loves going to the beach. She tries to go running a few times a week but is a self-confessed ‘plodder’ who just about manages 5k (which is a lot further than some of us at CCHA!) She’s also a fan of Yoga and, although she can’t quite make her toes reach the top of her head, she loves the fact it helps her appreciate the simple things in life.
Emma is a youth worker and social worker and has extensive knowledge of the Adamsdown, Splott and Tremorfa area. She is vice Chair for the Audit and Risk Committee of Social Care Wales.
Emma is also a creative busy bee! She was once offered a fully paid apprenticeship to train as a West End performer. She is currently studying her Masters qualification in Music Therapy. Through this, she has worked with children with disabilities, adults with mental health needs and adults requiring end of life care. Emma considers herself to be an empathic and compassionate person. With her vast set of skills, and her links to living and growing up in Tremorfa, she feels this supports her to champion tenant’s needs.
Vinita has worked in senior executive roles in the public and not for profit sectors. She is an independent consultant offering strategic policy support, with particular interest in economic development, transport and consumer issues. Vinita holds non-executive roles as a director of TravelWatch SouthWest, a small community interest company promoting the interests of transport users and as an independent board member of Bath Spa University where she sits on the Infrastructure and Finance Committees.
Fadhili is the Founder and Director of Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel and Watch-Africa Cymru: Wales’ African Film Festival. With a background in Social Sciences and Human Rights, Fadhili has also worked for the UN tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) before relocating to Cardiff in 2013 to become the Director for the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP), a network of African communities in Wales working in international development.
He has managed and led programs in Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa funded by Department for International Development (DfID), Comic Relief, Welsh Government, Big Lottery etc. He has managed projects related to gender based violence, diaspora capacity building and disability inclusion.
Fadhili is an Arts Associate for Arts Council Wales, Board Member of Black History Wales and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Joga is an experienced employment lawyer, currently practising in Cardiff. He has more than 15 years’ experience of working closely with Board Members and Senior Management Teams in relation to organisational, leadership and workforce development. He provides strategic and commercial advice in relation to all aspects of employment law.
Didi has been an active CCHA tenant since 2016. She has recently completed her degree on Environmental Health. She is now studying MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In addition to working in partnership with our HR team as part of the recruitment panel, she is also a member of our green group, a parent governor at Willows High School, and a member of Friends of Willows. Didi supports Splott Community Volunteers Group on their charity work.
A speaker of four languages, she has received numerous awards for her work in the community.
Amina Yusuf is a freelance graphic designer. She has been volunteering and working closely with communities for more than 5 years. She champions equality, diversity and supporting communities to maximise potential. Amina’s hobbies include cooking, gardening and reading.
Neil is a principal in a firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditor and has served on the board as chair of Valleys to Coast Housing Association. He is currently a Board member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee for Tai Calon Community Housing.
Katy is the former Chief Executive of Business in Focus, the social enterprise that supports people turning their dreams into successful businesses. Previously she was Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg, the Welsh charity supporting women’s role in the economy.
As a chartered accountant, Katy spent more than 20 years with international accountancy firm KPMG, leading teams delivering a variety of services to businesses across Wales. She is non-executive Director of Technology Connected, and Deputy Chair of the ICAEW’s Wales Strategy Board. She has worked in or around Cardiff for her entire working life, which is longer than she cares to admit to, and is interested in how we help our communities to thrive and prosper.
Since her retirement from Business in Focus in September 2021, Katy is learning how to make good use of the time she now has available; so far, mostly decluttering and spending more time in the fresh air.
Farzana is a qualified accountant and heads up the charity and not-for-profit sector at Carston Chartered Accountants. She has 23 years of experience in the sector, also providing a range of services to a number of registered charities and housing associations.
She has extensive experience in audit and governance related issues and works closely with board members and senior management teams. She is fluent in three languages and strongly promotes ethnic diversification.
Did you know that one-third of the Board can be made up of CCHA tenants? If you’re interested in becoming a CCHA Board member, we would love to hear from you! For an application form, please get in touch. (If you’re not quite sure, or would like to take part without the commitment, we welcome observers to our Board meetings, too!)