Corporate Leadership Team, Senior Management, the Big Cheeses, or the Top Bananas…
Whatever your preferred name, they help to steer CCHA and each bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to their role. They are zealous in their efforts to ensure that tenants are able to thrive in their communities, and desire that the services our tenants and communities receive are the best they can be.
Originally from Ebbw Vale, Brian has been with CCHA since early 2019, as its Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Central Services. In 2023, he became our new Chief Executive! Before joining CCHA he was Director of Finance and IT at Rhondda Housing. He qualified as an accountant around 30 years ago and later graduated from Warwick Business School with an Executive MBA. Brian started working life with the former Gwent County Council and has had a varied career primarily in finance and project delivery roles. He has worked for organisations including the Audit Commission, Standard Chartered Bank, National Audit Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Welsh Government. At Welsh Government he led the work on a new funding stream supported by a £100 million facility from M&G Investments, which delivered 1,000 new affordable homes across Wales.
Brian now lives in Barry with his wife Liz and sons Ioan and Llyr, and loves spending time at the coast. Brian is a self-confessed music fanatic and a connoisseur of rock and roll, happily chatting to anyone about the best albums from the decades. He also plays in a band, specialising in rock covers, and has been known to take to the stage himself on a night out if there’s an empty microphone and willing audience.
Jonathan Jones, better known to all as Jonny, joined CCHA in October 2019 and became CCHA’s Corporate Director of Assets and Property later that year. Prior to this, he’s worked in the housing sector since 2010, holding senior positions at Taff Housing Association. Jonny and his team have been responsible for setting up our internal trades (The M Team) and Customer Support Call Handling Team to directly deliver responsive repairs within CCHA.
In 2023, Jonny also supported with the co-production of an internal cleaning and grounds maintenance team following a service charge review with residents and leaseholders. He continues to work with the Tenant Influence Panel to improve the front line repairs services and planned maintenance improvements that residents receive.
On behalf of CCHA, he works with colleagues across Wales within the Community Housing Cymru network. Jonny is a member of the WHQS working group responsible for developing the new WHQS 2023 standards. Jonny and his team are responsible for securing over £10million in funding for CCHA residents through the High and Mid Rise Building Safety Fund, Temporary Accommodation Grants and the Welsh Governments Optimised Retrofit Programmes, helping to make residents homes safer and much more energy efficient.
Jonny puts all of us to shame at CCHA with his strong athletic streak, having played football for Cardiff City Academy when he was younger. When he stepped back from the pitch, he was in front of the cameras having featured on BBC’s Pointless and the National Lottery Secret Fortune, as well as Channel 4’s 100K Drop. What he enjoys most, however, is spending time with his wife Sara and daughters and going to the gym.
Our lovely Liz has over 20 years experience working in social housing sector and is our Director of People and Places. She previously worked as a senior leader for Bron Afon Community Housing for eight years, and has experience of providing change management and strategic direction for a wide range of housing related services, community engagement, and development. Liz is a passionate powerhouse when it comes to improving customer experience and outcomes for people living in Wales, making sure that tenants get the best of the best.
The newest face on our Senior Leadership Team is Naveeda, who was promoted to the role of Corporate Director of Central Services in 2023. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Accounting and Management, she completed her training contract and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. This was followed by a move into Industry working at Revlon Inc for a few years before eventually moving to the social housing sector. She joined CCHA in November 2020 as a Head of Finance. Alongside her work commitments, Naveeda is the Treasurer and Trustee director at the Welsh Refugee Council and Chair of the Get into Housing/Pathway to Board Project Board.
When she’s not bossing it at work, Naveeda is very passionate about human rights, equality and social justice. She also loves the outdoors, cooking and spending time with family and friends.