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.


For an application form please contact:
Samantha Williams
Governance and Executive Support Officer
Tolven Court
Dowlais Road
CF24 5LQ

or to Samantha.williams@ccha.org.uk

Duncan Forbes

Duncan Forbes is a qualified solicitor. He worked in London law centres before moving to Wales in 1987 and running his own legal practice specialising in housing law between 1987 and 1998. He was one of the country’s leading housing lawyers providing legal advice to more than half the housing associations in Wales and acting as legal adviser to many tenants associations, the Welsh Tenants Federation and TPAS Wales.

In 1998 he moved into local government where he ran the legal departments providing legal advice on the whole range of local government services initially in Herefordshire and then in Torfaen.  At Torfaen Council he was the County Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer and headed the Governance and Democracy Division. He was the senior management lead on all governance issues affecting the Council and the management of ethics and risk. He deputised for the Chief Executive in his absence and led negotiations on multi million pound joint ventures and private finance initiative schemes.

He was the lead consultant on the stock transfer in Torfaen, project managing and overseeing the ballot process and working closely with tenants and staff to create a new community owned mutual housing association.  This led to the subsequent transfer of 9,000 properties and 350 staff from the Council to Bron Afon.  Duncan became the first Chief Executive of Bron Afon in 2007 and was Chief Executive until April 2017.  Working with Bron Afon’s Director of Resources he established all the Governance arrangements at Bron Afon from scratch and oversaw a major culture change across the organisation as well as a series of major organisational changes including reshaping the Board to ensure it was fit for purpose and renegotiating new funding arrangements. Duncan was a member of the Regulatory Advisory Group for Wales from 2013-2017 and a member of a number of Ministerial Advisory Groups on regeneration, social enterprise and housing.  He is an independent member of Powys Teaching Health Board and vice chair of their Audit and Assurance Committee.

He is the author or co-author on a number of manuals and books on housing law and practice and was a co-author of Voluntary but not Amateur, a legal handbook for voluntary organisations and Community groups.  He is chair of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales, Chair of Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and a trustee of the Bevan Foundation

Duncan is currently a self-employed consultant working in the public service arena for national, local government, health and housing organisations.

Graham Worthington

Graham has worked within the housing association sector since graduating in July 1974. He has a strong personal commitment to the provision of good quality affordable social housing for individuals and families in housing need.

Graham began his career as a Housing Manager with Merseyside Improved Houses, operating within the Merseyside and Cheshire areas. He moved to Grosvenor Housing Society in April 1978, where he was Director of Housing, and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive. The association operated in the Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire areas. He then moved to become the Chief Executive with Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in May 1995, which operated across North Wales. In 2003 the Pennaf Housing Group was established and Graham became the Group Chief Executive until his retirement at the end of March 2018.

During his career Graham has been involved with virtually all aspects of Housing and has also had extensive experience in the provision of social care services. He served on the Board of the stock transfer association Chester and District Housing Trust for a period of approximately 7 years, both pre and post transfer ballot, and has been a Board Member on the Pennaf and PenArian Boards/ He has also served on numerous Management/Project Boards throughout his career, including Community Housing Cymru.

Tamsin Stirling

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 during which time the Housing (Wales) Act was developed.

Tamsin writes a regular column on governance for Welsh Housing Quarterly, worked on the recent Welsh Government review of housing association governance, and has been chair of two housing associations – Rhondda Housing Association on in 1990s and Bron Afon Community Housing Association between 2006 and 2012.  She is currently a Wales Co-operative board member.

Tamsin has lived in Splott for more than 20 years.

Peter Max
Background: Peter was originally a chartered accountant and public services auditor, he now works as Managing Director of a South Wales based organisation providing community residential care services for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. Peter is also a non-executive Board Member of Social Care Wales.

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.

Marcia Sinfield
Marcia is a qualified accountant with more than 25 years experience in the public and social housing sectors.  Alongside her Board member role Marcia is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources of a South Wales housing association  where she is responsible for governance, financial strategy and also business transformation.

Marcia is a member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a Master’s in Business Administration.

Previously, Marcia worked for Cardiff Council where she was deputy to the Director of Resources.  She was responsible for developing the Council’s budget and treasury strategy and considering its financial resilience. She was also the finance lead in a number of major public/private sector projects across Cardiff.

Mike Owen

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.

Samantha Barklam 
Samantha is an executive consultant/director with more than 14 years’ experience in managing projects and programmes across a variety of industries, in both private and public sectors, as well as more than 20 years’ general management experience.

She is currently managing four policy areas for the Government on the UK’s exit from the EU.

Neil Harries 
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, and is currently a co-opted member of Tai Calon Community Housing.

He is a member of  the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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.

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.


Dominic Rai
Dominic moved to Cardiff from London in 2007. He has worked in the cultural sector for over 20 years and was previously a Board Member of Chapter Arts Centre, 2008-2015. He is a tenant of CCHA and has a keen interest in tenant involvement and community regeneration.

CCHA’s Board welcomes observers to a Board meeting, if you are interested in observing please contact Samantha Williams on 02920 468414 or at samantha.williams@ccha.org.uk