The Board is made up of 8 Non-Executive Directors who are appointed by the Democratic Body. As well as their skills and experience, they are appointed based on their values and beliefs. The Board deliver on an annual work programme that Members play a key part in setting.
Meet the Board
Nicola Evans - Chair
Nicola has been the Chair for over three years. She has chaired Merthyr Valleys Homes through the completion of the promises made to tenants at stock transfer, the completion of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme and the building of their first new build housing scheme. Most recently, Nicola has chaired Merthyr Valleys Homes through its biggest change, becoming Wales’ first tenant and employee housing mutual.
In January 2015 Nicola took the role of Legislative Lead for the Older Person’s Commission for Wales. Previously Nicola worked for Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for organisations working with vulnerable people, and for five years worked as their Policy and Information Manager. Nicola’s commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people and helping people build the life they aspire to has continued to grow as her career has developed.
Nicola was brought up in Merthyr Tydfil and she is passionate about the area and believes that housing has a vital role to play in its regeneration.
John is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a director of Williams Ross Limited in Cardiff for fourteen years. He has had a professional involvement in providing assurance services, advice, support and training to a wide range of organisations including a number in the not for profit sector covering charities, credit unions and other voluntary organisations for a number of years. His voluntary activities have included being a management board member of the Wales Co-operative Centre for the last twelve years and previous experience of being a board member of two housing associations for a combined total of eighteen years.
Marc is an experienced housing professional who has a wealth of knowledge of the sector from over 12 years’ experience of working in social housing. Marc is currently a Lecturer in Housing at Cardiff Metropolitan University, a role which requires a thorough understanding of policy and practice issues affecting the housing sector. The role also requires Marc to explore new and innovative ways of thinking through practical and academic research. Prior to this, Marc worked at Newport City Homes for 7 years as their Regeneration & Community Investment Manager and was responsible for the development and implementation of community regeneration strategies to address issues of social and economic deprivation, anti-social behaviour and low demand. Marc has also worked as a Housing Manager for Newport City Council.
Marc has successfully achieved a Masters’ degree in Housing, and has continued with professional development throughout his career. Marc is dedicated to delivering excellent housing services that meet the changing needs of communities and is a strong advocate of resident empowerment to shape the way housing services are delivered. Marc has a thorough understanding of the changing environment in which the housing sector operates and the ever increasing need for good quality housing in attractive and vibrant communities. Marc is a member of the Regulatory Board for Wales Value for Money Steering Group.
Stephanie is a Commercial Property partner with Stone King LLP Solicitors. Stephanie specialises in working with Charities and other not for profit organisations and deals with all aspects of commercial property including property finance, freehold & leasehold acquisitions, disposals, and all related general landlord and tenant matters . Stephanie was brought up and educated in Merthyr Tydfil, and originally qualified as a nurse in the forces. Later in her career, she re-trained as a solicitor, and qualified in 1998. Stephanie currently resides in Merthyr Tydfil
Carol has been a HR professional for over 30 years having worked in various sectors (not for profit; NHS, education and commercial) and is a Fellow of the CIPD. She brings a wide range of skills and experience to the role of Board member which she has gained by working in the UK, Australia, USA, Argentina, Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore. Carol was born in Splott, Cardiff and went to live in Wiltshire for 4 years at the age of 10; she returned to Cardiff at 14 and finished her school education locally. Carol then moved to Australia for 7 years before returning to Wales. She returned to Australia on two more occasions to live and work but finally settled in Cardiff when she had her daughter. Carol is married and now blessed with a grandson and a little granddaughter.
Carol also has a long history with the Scout Association having been a Cub Scout Leader, Assistant Area Commissioner for Leader Training and a District Commissioner. She is currently the chair of the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Scout Council Appointments Committee and a trainer covering aspects of leadership and working with adults. Carol is also a member of the Membership and Professional Development Committee for the CIPD.
Elizabeth is an experienced finance professional who has a wealth of knowledge of the sector with over 7 years’ experience of working in social housing. Elizabeth is a qualified chartered accountant, a fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, qualifying in 1994. Elizabeth is currently working as Finance and Resources Director at the Cadarn Housing Group, and prior to this she spent 7 years as Director of Resources at Arthritis Care with responsibility for Finance, IT and HR. Prior to that her experience includes work with Stratford Development Partnership (inner city regeneration agency) and Eaves Housing for Women (supported housing for vulnerable women). Elizabeth has also acted in the capacity of a voluntary board member. Elizabeth’s experiences encompass international, national and small local charities, working in diverse work environments from large city institutions to small local community organisations. This has brought Elizabeth into contact with a rich diversity of people.
Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of governance, having experience of diverse boards who have steered organisations through change, both as an executive and non-executive. Elizabeth has served on voluntary boards, has served as company secretary for a number of organisations and has served on a school governing board. Elizabeth is currently the treasurer for the Vale of Glamorgan Twinning Association.
Elizabeth is a keen cyclist, enjoys gardening and drawing and is a member of the Vale Voices Community Choir. She has three sons and a granddaughter. Membership of the Twinning Association provides opportunities to improve on French but more importantly help people visit and get socially involved with likeminded people in other countries.
Rachel has worked across the sector starting her career in Housing with the Vale of Glamorgan Council where she worked on the Housing Stock Transfer programme after graduating with a Masters from Cardiff University. Rachel then joined the Chartered Institute of Housing where she held the position of i2i Coordinator for South Wales and Powys. In this role she worked as an independent staff consultant and delivered support for community benefits and tenant engagement across her region of work. Rachel then joined NPT Homes Community Regeneration team, focusing on the added benefits the housing investment can make to communities. She is now the Community Regeneration Manager at Newydd Housing Association.
Outside of her day job Rachel held the role Vice Chair of Family Housing Association Board for 2 years between 2014-2016. She was also a finalist in 24 Housing’s Young Leader competition on 2015.
Rachel is from Swansea where she currently lives with her husband and daughter.
Jonathan was born in Cardiff and, apart from attending Sheffield University where he studied Law, has lived in Cardiff his whole life. Jon has worked solely within the fields of community safety and housing and has a strong belief that society should protect the vulnerable (wherever possible) continues to drive him and his interest in community safety has grown stronger since obtaining an MSc in the subject along the way.
Jon started his career in community safety at the 2006 launch of the 101 contact centre in Cardiff and subsequently worked for Cardiff Council and Newport City Homes. In 2012, he moved to RCT Homes to manage their Community Safety Team. One re-brand later, Jon has taken on a second team, providing housing management services for just over half of the organisations housing stock. Some of Jon’s key achievements include the implementation of a UK first information sharing pilot with South Wales Police (winning ‘Innovation of the Year’ 2018 at the Chartered Institute of Housing UK Housing Awards); development and successful implementation of case management software with a Cardiff based company (now being trialled by the NHS for UK rollout); and helping to shape the ‘Review Together’ pilot looking and trauma informed approaches to housing.
Jon is married and is a proud dad to two children. He has represented Wales and Great Britain in Fullbore target rifle, and spends his ‘spare time’ training for the occasional marathon or obstacle course race, and most recently has become a committed road cyclist and downhill mountain biker.