Our Board Members

Our Board of Management is made up of tenant and non-tenant members.They have diverse work backgrounds including commerce, accountancy, construction, banking and public service and community focus. Our board members commit their time on a voluntary basis and strategically drives our organisation.

Our Board of Management:

Dave Power (Board Chair):

Former Chief Executive and Company Secretary of Housing Association for 10 years.

Previously operated at Senior and Middle Management levels with 5 Housing Associations and 2 Local Authorities over a 25 year period.

Retired Housing and Social Policy Lecturer.

Chair of RHA Scrutiny Committee (2015-17).

Vice Chair of RHA from 2017 onwards.

Jonathan Roberts (Vice-Chair and Chair of Remuneration and People Committee):

Previously worked within the Royal Bank of Scotland Group before joining Santander in 2015. Extensive experience of finance across a wide range of sectors with a specialism around Real Estate. Jonathan has run a number of Teams and had responsibility for strategy, achieving challenging goals and people development.

Neil Morgan (Chair of Development and Asset Management Committee)

Neil joined the RHA board of management in 2018. A former partner in two Welsh law firms, working as a solicitor who has been involved in the social housing sector in Wales for over 25 years.

Particular expertise in the areas of housing management and anti-social behaviour and Welsh speaker.

Julie Vellucci (Cair of Audit and Risk Committee)

Julie has over 30 years’ experience in local authority and housing association sectors across diverse areas such as: Service Transformation, Governance, Audit & Assurance, Finance, Asset Management, Development and Regeneration.

Previously Headed up Regeneration & Regulatory Services in Newport Council before becoming Exec Director for Business Development in a large housing association. Currently Director of JCV Consultancy.

Sarah Botterill:

Sarah has lived and worked in Wales since 1995, having completed her first degree in materials engineering at the University of Birmingham. Sarah spent many years in manufacturing and the steel industry in South Wales, qualifying as a chartered engineer and MBA (Warwick Business School), serving several years as an executive director in this sector.

Sarah is now an independent consultant, focusing mainly on strategy analysis and deployment, education, commercial strategies and people management strategies; she is the Wales Manager for Investors in People. Sarah works with clients in the private, public and third sectors and currently holds non-executive roles in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Additionally, Sarah is a qualified coach and a Welsh language learner.

Scott Caldwell:

Scott is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer.  Currently Director of the property consultancy Savills where he heads up the Development team in Cardiff advising a range of public sector and private clients on property development and regeneration.

Alison Clements:

Alison has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the housing, care and support sector in Wales with roles covering service improvement, customer engagement, equalities, policy development, performance management, quality and compliance.

She currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board with a focus on Primary Care Informatics.

Alison has particular expertise in customer engagement, project management, service improvement, equalities, and health and safety.

Bethan Evans:

Bethan has worked in Local Government, the Public and Private sectors, supporting people with a disability to maximise their opportunities and realise their aspirations for over 25 years. For the last 14 years, she has worked at Exec-Board level, leading organisations and teams to deliver high quality, person-centred services. Whilst she has primarily worked within health and social care, she has also led services within the social housing and welfare-to-work sectors. She is passionate about supporting others and has a track record in effective people leadership, performance management and of developing services. Having been a Non-Executive Director within a Social Housing organisation previously, Bethan is excited to be joining everyone at Rhondda Housing Association, supporting the team to continue to make that difference for Residents and Communities across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Gerry Fox:

Gerry is an experienced Director with 35 years of experience working within the housing industry, starting in the post room and finishing as Head of Sales at Persimmon  Homes. Gerry was instrumental in the set-up of Pennant Homes, part of the Coastal Housing Group.

 Now, Gerry is running a successful rental business and holiday rental company. Gerry joined the Board in 2019l, bringing with her a vast experience in sales, marketing, procurement and general housing.

Dafydd Thomas:

Dafydd has a breadth of experience having worked in financial services, recruitment, transport, welfare to work and business consultancy sectors.

After several senior UK positions, he became a business consultant, worked across public, private and third sectors with varied commissions around the UK. His work includes strategic reviews of businesses, organisational change, business startups, leadership support, and operational delivery.

He is an experienced board member having served 3 years on the board of a charity who worked to encourage energy efficiency and alleviate fuel poverty.

Haydn Thomas:

Haydn has over 25 years’ finance experience in the SME sector predominantly with NatWest having undertaken a wide variety of senior roles at regional and national level. His key responsibilities included Strategy, Innovation, Business Performance and External Partnerships.

He is now running a consultancy business and commercial finance brokerage with a focus on assisting the SME market within Wales.

John Watts:

Retired in 2010 after a long career in electrical engineering, which began in 1958 with an NCB apprenticeship at Tonypandy Powerhouse, moving on to Cambrian Colliery and Lady Windsor Colliery, before starting at Bamber Engineering, where he worked all over GB and completed a placement in China. A retired Rhondda Cynon Taf Councillor and former RCT Mayor 2004/2005

Please ask us for a copy of our annual report for a full review of our work in the last financial year. Or visit the Publications section of our website.

Please feel welcome to contact us if you are interested in becoming a board member.

Email – hannah@rhondda.org

Or telephone 01443 424205