Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) welcomes five new appointments to the Board today bringing experience from the public, private and charity sectors, and includes one of the Association’s tenants.
Joining the Board are Fadhili Maghiya, Amina Yusuf, Lerisha Hansraj Bhardwaj, Joga Singh, and Didi Ketter.
Mike Owen, Chair, CCHA said “The Board is delighted to be joined by five talented and influential individuals who will each bring unique skills and talent to the Association. We have added very well qualified individuals in their specific areas of expertise to create a diverse Board that has the skills and experience needed to help deliver CCHA’s ambitious strategy at this very challenging time, and into the future.”
Hayley Selway, Chief Executive, CCHA said, “The five new Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. These appointments further demonstrate our commitment to being an inclusive organisation representative of the communities we serve”.
Amina Yusuf who is joining as a trainee Board member said:
“I am very happy to be joining the Board at CCHA. I am proud to be part of such a driven organisation and I know that my expertise and knowledge of my community is valued, and I can’t wait to be a critical ally.”
The new Board members are:
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 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 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 is a freelance graphic designer who lives in Butetown, Cardiff.
She champions equality and diversity and supporting communities to maximise opportunities.