Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team help the strategic direction of the business.

The team are made up of four Executive Team members and nine Heads of Service.

Howard Toplis Chief Executive

Prior to Tai Calon, Howard has been Chief Executive for a couple of housing associations in England. He is delighted to now be working in Wales. Howard believes that access to good quality affordable housing is essential for the success of healthy and resilient communities. He passionately believes in putting tenants and residents at the very heart of everything we do.

Andrew Myatt Director of Communities & Housing

Andrew has worked for Tai Calon for ten years and is responsible for a wide range of front-line services we deliver to customers. He is very proud of the local partnerships he has helped develop that support our community. He has worked in the social housing sector for 27 years in a range of senior roles for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations. Andrew loves to travel but spends most of his spare time enjoying the outdoors of the beautiful Beacons.

Martyn Price Director of Resources & Company Secretary

Martyn is an experienced accountant having worked in both the public and private sectors for over 30 years. His experience includes the development and implementation of financial strategies, housing association funding and financial management, while ensuring the delivery of a customer focused service which delivers value for money.

Amie Chapman - Head of Finance

Amie Chapman Head of Finance

Amie has worked in the housing sector as a Chartered Accountant for 8 Years and is proud to be a member of an organization who is putting the customer at the heart of every decision. Currently Amie is Vice Chair and Treasurer for Hafan Cymru. Amie loves to challenge herself physically and particularly enjoys CrossFit and Skiing – she has taken this love of physical exercise to help raise money for charities, whilst also keeping her heart rate up!

Andrew Cooke Head of Resident Services

Andrew is a qualified Building Surveyor with twenty years of experience in both the private sector and social housing. His role provides a traditional client function between the strategic asset management, assets delivery and property services teams. Providing a clearly identifiable place where decisions are made about what work will be carried out by which team and when. Spending as much time as possible doing the things that are important to residents. Outside of work Andrew loves sport, live music, travel and encouraging his two children to continually challenge themselves and experience new things.

Ceri Owen - Head of Income and Support

Ceri Owen Head of Income and Support

Ceri is our Head of Income and Support. She is very much a people person and believes in designing and improving effective systems and processes. She has a vast knowledge around welfare benefits, support and advice. Ceri is very proud that we are one of the best performing providers in Wales collecting our rental income whilst at the same time supporting tenants to ensure they can sustain their tenancy successfully.

Dave Sharman - Head of Assets

Dave Sharman Head of Assets

Dave is our Head of Assets and Property and has been with Tai Calon for several years, following a career in housing and development. Dave leads on the Assets strategy for the organisation, and has a keen understanding of our decarbonisation aspirations.

Elle Elliott Head of People and Culture People and Culture

Elle has worked in HR, Organisational Development, and L&D for over 18 years, with a focus on executive coaching, employee engagement & wellbeing, transformational change and resilience. Elle is passionate about supporting a human-centred people service, an ethos that is vital to our Corporate Plan for the next five years. Elle is happiest in and around water and can often be found exploring natural areas for the opportunity of a wild swim!

Mark Davies Head of Business Improvement and IT

Mark has a background in business intelligence, process improvement and project management. He has been with Tai Calon for five years. He and also has experience in both the logistics industry and local government, where he worked on several major operational change programmes.

Rachel Rees Head of Housing

Experienced housing professional, with a demonstrated history of working for civic & social organizations. Skilled in Strategic & Operations Management, Coaching, Communication, Prevention and Team Building. Strong community services professional with an ILM level 5 focused in Leading Growth.

Rob Jones Head of Property Services

Rob is our Head of Property Service Team and has been with Tai Calon for several years. His early career saw him working in the trades and he brings a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to the role. Rob is proud to lead such a diverse trade skill within his team, one which has enabled the business to continue meeting high levels of service through a pandemic.

Ross Watts Head of Customer Experience

Ross is fortunate to have lots of variety in his role. He is responsible for customer experience, engagement, well-being, and our employment and training services. Outside work he is a family man first, closely followed by being a slightly obsessed garage gym enthusiast.

Vicki Thomas Head of Procurement & Compliance

Vicki is an experienced procurement professional that is dedicated to delivering a high quality service to support in achieving organisational objectives. Vicki joined Tai Calon in 2011 and is responsible for procurement, risk management, internal controls, insurance and data protection. Staff at Tai Calon would describe her as hardworking, enthusiastic, supportive and approachable.