Our Board and Governance

Our Board of Management is made up of non-executive board members who have a range of skills and experience. Our Board takes overall responsibility for the organisation’s strategic direction. Our Board meets regularly to have oversight of key business activities. They also regularly review our progress against our strategic plan.

Peter Hughes

Chair of the Board

Peter’s career has been spent in banking – initially in commercial banking roles within NatWest and subsequently leading the Principality Building Society’s Commercial Team for almost 20 years, before standing down in 2021.  In the latter role, the division played a significant part in supporting the Welsh housing agenda across a broad spectrum from SME house builders to social landlords, which fuelled Peter’s passion for the housing association sector. Through this position, and also as Chair of UK Finance, Peter has forged strong links with many of the housing industry stakeholders at both policy and strategic level.  Married with two children, Peter went to a Welsh school in North Wales and is re-learning his Welsh skills.

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.

Julie Vellucci

Chair 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.

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.

Sarah Botterill

Board Member

Sarah has 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. She is a board member of the General Osteopathic Council (UK-wide medical regulation) and the Chair of the People committee therein. Additionally, Sarah is a qualified coach and a Welsh language learner.

Scott Caldwell

Board Member

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

Board Member

Alison has over 20 years experience of working in the housing, care and support sector in Wales with senior management roles covering housing management, housing support and homelessness, service improvement, policy development, performance management,  and quality and compliance. Alison is currently Head of Housing at Hafod Housing, and has been a RHA Board Member since January 2019. Alison has a particular interest in service improvement, customer engagement, equalities, and health and safety.

Bethan Evans

Board Member

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 30 years. For the last 17 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. Bethan is currently Group MD for a Social Care Company, leading teams that operate Care Homes in both Wales and England. She is passionate about supporting others and has a track record in effective people leadership, performance management and of business development.

Dafydd Thomas

Board Member

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 start-ups, 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

Board Member

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.

Gerry Fox

Board Member

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 2019, bringing with her a vast experience in sales, marketing, procurement and general housing.

Governance and Constitutional


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