Meet our Board

Our Board sets the strategic direction of the business.

Meet our Board

Our board is made up of six independent members, two members nominated by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and three tenant Board members.

Board members at Tai Calon Community Housing share responsibility for:

  • Setting strategic objectives and agreeing the plans to achieve those objectives
  • Approving the budget and accounts
  • Monitoring performance against agreed plans and budgets; and
  • Making sure that the affairs of the organisation are conducted in a proper manner (governance).

Our Board Members are governed by the Rules of the organisation.


Board meeting dates for 2019/20

(All meetings are on a Monday and start at 5pm).

  • 24th June
  • 29th July
  • AGM – 9th September
  • 23rd September
  • 11th November
  • 16th December
  • 10th February
  • 30th March

If you would like to attend a meeting please contact Jayne Lewis, Governance Officer on 01495 294793.

Dr Norma Barry, MBA, FRSA, FCMI, MIOD Board Chair and Member of the Remuneration Committee

Norma Barry grew up in the South Wales mining valleys and went on to develop a career in the then Welsh Office and latterly the Welsh Government.

She now runs her own company, Inside Out: Organisational Solutions, which provides a range of strategic, research and policy support services to the third, private and public sectors. Norma is passionate about leadership and management. She has written books on successful people management, which are widely available.

Apart from running her own consultancy company, Norma is a member of the Food Standards Agency’s Welsh Advisory Committee; a member of the Welsh Government’s Food Industry Board; a Committee member for the Care Council for Wales; and a Member of Welsh Water.

Fred Davies Chair of Operations Commitee and Member of the Remuneration Committee

Fred Davies is an experienced private leisure sector Company Director, former Local Authority Corporate Director and Interim Manager.

Although majoring in Local Authority and Registered Social Landlord housing, he has managed a wide range of technical, health, architectural and customer services in England and Wales and is committed to the provision of quality, value for money services. He has been a non-executive Director of a major national housing association and a founder member of more local associations. He has also been a regulator appointee to the boards of associations requiring reinforcement.

Katherine Howells Vice Chair and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee

Katherine Howells has worked in the social housing sector for 15 years in strategic and operational positions.

Her most recent role was at a housing association which provides housing throughout Wales and Shropshire for adults with a learning disability and other complex needs. Katherine’s experience includes housing management, tenant participation, equality and diversity and tenant satisfaction. She has also worked in project management, dealing with allocations, homelessness and housing advice for a large Welsh local authority. Katherine has a BA (hons) degree in English Literature, an MSc in Housing and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Mark Perry Board Member - Member of the Operations Committee

Mark’s current role as Business Unit Manager for a national construction business heading up South Wales and the South West of England for a number of years, and having experience working within the housing sector makes him an ideal board member.

Mark commenced within the construction industry completing a trade apprenticeship, and progressed to his current role of Business Unit Manager. Mark has spent many years within the sector, both from a technical and managerial background which gives him a clear insight into the construction industry and business management aspects of the role. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organisation with a different prospective. His main reason for being a board member is to give back to the sector in which he works and enjoys.

Vicki Browning Board Member - Member of Operations Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee

Vicki is a committed & enthusiastic individual who has lived in social housing in Tredegar for 7 years.

She wants to join the Board to help to ensure that those living in social housing provided by Tai Calon have properties that they can be proud of – with an excellent repair service, great customer service, as well as value for money. She is on the Board of Directors for Smart Money Cymru Credit Union as well as being Chair of the Cefn Golau Together Committee.

Malcolm Day Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Malcolm is a Blaenau Gwent Borough Councillor who has previously worked for British Telecom.

Malcolm joined the Board in 2017 following his nomination by the Local Authority.

Kelly Reynolds Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Kelly has over twenty years Senior Management Strategic and Executive experience in Regeneration, Housing and Welfare to Work, within the Voluntary, Private and Public Sector working within the most deprived communities within Wales.

She is passionate about making a social difference and her professional career has been in roles that have either allowed her to support families in need or to actively stimulate wider social change to maximise the positive impact on deprived communities. Many of the roles have been lead service commissioning and regional operational roles, giving her detailed knowledge of what is required to develop a successful development strategy as well as winning bids and successfully access grant funding.

Michael Rose Board Member and Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Michael lives in Nantyglo and was a member of Tai Calon’s Tenant Quality Forum. He enjoys helping tenants that may not be able to voice their concerns or any problems they may have. As well as an interest in politics and disability issues, Michael enjoys reading, music and going to the theatre. He helps at Nevill Hall Sound twice a week as well as volunteering with the Welsh Council for the Blind. Michael has learnt much from other tenants, and if elected to the Board, he continues to speak up for those who cannot.

Andrea Teague Board Member and Member of the Operations Committee

Andrea is a known and trusted resident of Newtown, Ebbw Vale and has been on the Tenants and Residents Association for four years. Andrea runs a number of clubs out of her local Community Centre, including a Kids Club for 0-13 year olds; a Youth Club for 8-16 year olds; and an inter-generational girls/women’s club to encourage people back to exercise. This work has impacted significantly on her local community and the area, and gives her an insight into the wants and needs of her community. She has worked with Tai Calon to develop a neighbourhood green space for Newtown to enjoy.

Andrea brings her previous Committee experience and community knowledge to the Board

Neil Harries Co-opted Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Neil is a chartered accountant and director at South Wales firm, Harries Watkins and Jones.  Neil gives business, accounting and tax advice to SMEs and in addition undertakes company audits.

Neil is passionate about social housing and is the former Board Chair of Valleys to Coast in Bridgend.  Valleys to Coast was the first housing association in Wales to be formed by the Large Scale Transfer of homes from a Local Authority.  He joined the Board in July 2018.

Ross Maude Co-opted Board Member and Member of the Operations Committee

Ross has a strong background in strategic leadership and has delivered organisational transformation utilising current technologies in a number of industries.

Ross is pleased to be on the Board, as housing associations are at the forefront of public service delivery in the UK, providing, as they do, safe, clean and supportive accommodation. He joined the Board in July 2018.

Stephanie Al-Wahid Co-opted Board Member and Member of the Operations Committee

Trained and practised as an architect.  Worked in the public and private sectors.  Director of Development in a major urban regeneration scheme with a budget of £200,000,000.  Experienced in resident consultation, commissioning master-plans, contractors, architects and other professionals.  CABE Enabler and Building for Life consultant and trainer.

Stephanie was co-opted to the Board in April 2018.

Mandy Moore Board Member

Mandy is the Chair of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and its Equalities Champion.

As well as ward member for Tredegar Central and West, Mandy is the full time Third Sector Community Development and Health and Social Care Manager with Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations.  Mandy has over thirty years experience in Community Development, Management and Regeneration in the private, public and voluntary sectors.  She has been involved in numerous projects, including stock transfers, building refurbishments and accessing funding for community projects.