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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 a Registered Auditor.

Neil has served on the board as chair of Valleys to Coast Housing Association.

He is currently a co-opted member of Tai Calon Community 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.