About us

Meet The Board

  • Anthony Whittaker

    Anthony has recently retired after a 40 year career working for a number of not-for-profit housing organisations. Most recently he was the Chief Executive of one of Wales leading housing associations. In addition, he has served as a non-executive Board member for a number of housing organisations in England and Wales. A resident of Bridgend, in his spare time he enjoys walking with his dog, gardening and following his (formerly) local football team.
  • Joanne Smith

    Joanne Smith has recently been appointed Governance and Regulation Manager for a housing association in South Wales following a two year secondment to the Housing Regulation team in the Welsh Government. Prior to this Joanne worked for a number of years in operational housing management during which time she gained an MSc in Housing from Cardiff University. Joanne firmly believes in the benefits good quality secure homes and services can bring to improve people's health and well-being.
  • Mark Woloshak

    Mark is a Cardiff based solicitor, who works for the South Wales firm of Howells solicitors. His professional work has included acting on behalf of Housing Associations and he was previously on the Board of a Housing Association in Devon. Originally from London, Mark has a keen interest in social housing and firmly believes that it is of crucial importance to society’s well-being.
  • Andrew Wallbridge

    Andrew is a Management Consultant for a Bridgend based consultancy firm and works with many Housing Associations across South Wales. He has been a tenant for over 4 years and lives with his wife & family in Maesteg.
  • Jason Evans

    Jason Evans is a partner at Gambit Corporate Finance, an award winning corporate finance advisory firm based in Cardiff and leads on debt advisory services and the social housing sector for Gambit. He also sits on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Council for Wales.
  • Lisa Griffiths

    Lisa Griffiths is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and currently works in corporate governance and acts as Company Secretary for a number companies within the steel sector.
  • Caroline Jones

    Caroline Jones is an Associate Director at Savills as well as a chartered surveyor and RICS registered valuer. She works in the development department advising on property development and regeneration. Caroline has worked closely with the affordable housing sector in Wales, providing valuation and consultancy advice on assets and new build programmes.
  • Sophie Taylor

    Sophie is a qualified accountant and currently works in a senior finance role in Bron Afon Community Housing Association. She has an excellent understanding of the challenges facing the housing sector and a good appreciation of the complexities of managing in a public sector organisation that much also balance commercial demands, and understand the importance of a governance function. She is able to understand complex accounting concepts and analyse data effectively, and her role as a senior finance manager means that she is able to communicate and influence effectively.
  • Phillip Stoke - Co Optee

    Phill is a Chartered Construction manager with a substantial track record within the private commercial development sector, delivering mixed-use, residential-led development retail/commercial development at Director level in both pre- and post-contract roles. Phill has also forged excellent relationships within the Social and stock transfer housing sectors, delivering large scale new build and major regeneration and refurbishment projects. He is a Board Member at United Welsh HA and Consults to several South Wales Housing providers.
  • Nicola Cole - Co Optee

    Nicola is a Housing Development Consultant providing support to the Housing Association Sector and Local Authorities. 2021 will be her 40th year of working within the field of Social Housing, at both an operational and strategic level, having worked for a range of housing associations during her career and also Cardiff Council as Head of Strategy and Development. She started her career as an Architectural Technician and is passionate about good design that stands the test of time and how we can create and build excellent communities where people want to live.