Our Board

Our Board is responsible for the governance of the Association and its overall strategic direction.

Our Board is made up of a wide range of people from different backgrounds and occupations e.g. an accountant; a solicitor; people who work in housing, and local government and people with community interests and up to one third of the Board can be made up of CCHA tenants.

Interested?

For an application form please contact:
Company Secretary
CCHA
Tolven Court
Dowlais Road
Cardiff
CF24 5LQ

or to info@ccha.org.uk

CCHA’s Board welcomes observers to a Board meeting, if you are interested in observing please contact Company Secretary on 02920 468490 or at info@ccha.org.uk

Mike Owen

Chair

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.

Tamsin Sterling

Tamsin is an experienced housing researcher who works as an independent housing consultant. Her research interests include governance, social policy, poverty/inequality, regeneration and homelessness. She was a ministerial adviser on housing, regeneration and planning issues in the Welsh Government between 2012 and 2014. She is a board member of the Bevan Foundation and Crisis. Tamsin has lived in Splott since 1997.

Janet Beauchamp BA (Hons), Dip TRP, MCD, MRTPI

Janet 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 Wade 

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.

Neil Harries 

Independent Member of Audit and Risk Committee

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.

Emma Britton

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.

Vinita Nawathe

Vinita is an independent consultant and holds non-executive roles as a director of a small community interest company promoting the interests of transport users and is an independent board member of Bath Spa University where she sits on the Audit and Infrastructure and Finance Committees.

Scott Rooks

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.

Fadhili Maghiya

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.  

Lerisha Hansraj Bhardwaj

Lerisha is an experienced Deloitte trained Chartered Accountant who is skilled in the financial services and public sector both locally and internationally and across practice and industry.

In her current role at the Development Bank of Wales, she has a strong focus on strategic financial planning and analysis with the aim of unlocking economic potential in Wales and has experience with strategic digital transformation initiatives.

She values honesty, trust and respect and is passionate about both people and business development and is currently also pursuing her Executive MBA part-time.

Lerisha has a creative and artistic flair and is a professional classical Indian dancer who takes a keen interest in travelling, gardening, and reading.

Joga Singh

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 Ketter

Didi has been an active CCHA tenant since 2016. She is studying for a BSc in Environmental Health as well as working in partnership CCHA’s HR team as part of panel recruitment.

A speaker of four languages, she has received numerous awards for her work in the community.

Amina Yusuf

Amina Yusuf is a freelance graphic designer who lives in Butetown, Cardiff.

She champions equality and diversity and supporting communities to maximise opportunities.