Tai Tarian is run by a voluntary Board made up tenants, council nominees and independent members.
The Board has overall responsibility for:
- Ensuring the organisation is accountable to tenants and other stakeholders.
- Approving and monitoring policies to support the Corporate Plan.
- Monitoring the performance of Tai Tarian and ensuring the organisation is meeting the outcomes set in the Corporate Plan.
Become a Board Member
If you would like to register your interest in joining our Board, please visit www.comeonboardwales.co.uk.
If you have any questions about our Board, please contact us.
The members of our Board are...
Jonathon is a former Deputy Chief Executive for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and former Chair of the Board of the Seren Group. He brings to Tai Tarian a wealth of knowledge and expertise in growing successful organisations. During his six year term at Seren Group he was influential in developing the Board`s effectiveness, the restructuring of the Group's companies and leading in discussions with Grwp Gwalia which led to a merger and the creation of POBL in April 2016.
Since June 2010 Jonathon been Chair and a Trustee of Bridgend Foodbank. He enjoys keeping fit, loves listening to music and plays the piano and saxophone.
Shelley is a former Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. She demonstrated strong leadership skills during the successful transition from the Gwent Police Authority to the introduction of the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012.
Shelley has vast experience in strategy and performance, engagement and consultation, partnership working, collaboration and commissioning together with finance and scrutiny.
As a trained solicitor she brings to the board a wealth of legal expertise.
Shelley is married with two daughters, enjoys walking, swimming and Pilates and is an avid reader.
Mike is a retired banker with over 40 years experience in the UK and overseas.
For the last eight years of his career he was the National Head of Barclays’ UK Business Banking Risk Recoveries department and was responsible for all aspects of Strategic and Organisational Development.
Mike is originally from North Cornelly near Bridgend and enjoys gardening, golf and watching most sports.
Steffan ap Dafydd
Steffan has lived in Port Talbot for the past 30 years. After 33 years of teaching in secondary schools, then five of historical research, he was elected as a Labour Councillor for Aberavon Ward, Neath Port Talbot Council in May 2017.
From 2006, Steffan volunteered as a local executive official of his trade union, the National Union of Teachers, in Swansea, supporting members – teachers and head teachers – and seeking to resolve problems within the Education Service.
He lost an arm on a railway line when aged 2, but between 2014 and 2016, he served as Wales TUC’s elected member representing Disabled Workers.
Steffan is a long-standing advocate for equality and is also a member of the Council’s Education, Culture and Skills Scrutiny Committee.
Steffan is Acting Secretary of Port Talbot and District Trades Union Council, which organises the “Dic Penderyn” Commemoration at St Mary’s Churchyard, Aberavon every August. He has also written books and given talks on “Dic Penderyn”.
He is also a Welsh language tutor.
Harry is a retired accountant having worked in local government and the National Health Service before moving into housing. He worked for Housing for Wales and then within the Housing Directorate of the then Welsh Assembly. His main responsibilities within the Assembly were dealing with governance of housing associations and progressing council housing stock transfers as a means of achieving the Welsh Housing Quality Standard. Harry now uses that knowledge and experience to support the Board in achieving the promises set out in the Offer Document.
Sam was born and raised in Port Talbot. She moved away for a few years but there is no place like home! Sam has been a tenant for 12 years and seen the changes that have taken place and the improvements that are well underway.
Since becoming a tenant board member she feels it has been a fantastic way of assisting in future changes that effect the local community. Sam works in the customer service environment. Here, she gained knowledge to help improve and make things better.
Sam is passionate about what she does and where she lives, and is a firm believer that the community we live in can help Tai Tarian achieve its strategic plans and future goals. She is always looking at the bigger picture to find out how and why things work.
Denise has been involved with Tai Tarian since before transfer in 2011. Her main involvement has been through the various tenant groups and consultation events, including Membership Committee, which enabled her to have a say on the future and on key decisions about the services which Tai Tarian provides.
Denise was heavily involved in the programme of works and economic regeneration (POWER) group and made key decisions on appointing the contractors and selecting the design options for tenants to choose from as part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme.
As well as Chairing Tai Tarian’s Communications Group for two years, Denise was also involved in Wales’ Tenant Advisory Panel (TAP). Denise is extremely passionate about tenant involvement and as a Board Member takes pleasure in ensuring tenants remain at the forefront of key decisions.
Jonathan is a new appointee to the Board of Tai Tarian, elected at the Board meeting in June 2019 to become a co-optee Board member. A former Director of Development (West) at Pobl Group and Director of Development and New Business at Gwrp Gwalia, Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in taking a leading role in the delivery from inception to completion of complex housing developments and physical regeneration projects in the Registered Social Landlord (RSL) and local authority sectors within Wales. He has held a senior management position for over six years leading and managing a (RSL) Development Team including a period of two years with management responsibility for asset management.
With extensive knowledge and experience of project and programme management including identification and initiation, development and design, Jonathan brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record in new build, refurbishment, conversion and specialist housing development schemes as well as town centre regeneration projects.
In 2019 Jonathan became a Catalyst Worker for Housing Justice, which focusses on supporting and growing the church and community led response to rough sleeping in Neath and Port Talbot, this included establishing the first church-led night shelter in the area, leading on projects to assist people into a life away from the streets. Jonathan is a key team member of Housing Justice.
Daniel has been a tenant of Tai Tarian for a number of years and is actively involved in his local community through the running of various clubs and activities.
He currently volunteers as a branch administrator for Royal Life Saving Society
West Wales and is also a Board member for a local leisure management charity.
Having worked in accounting for the past 6 years, Daniel has experience and knowledge of financial accounts and has previously served as a Board member of NPT Homes at the start of its transition into Tai Tarian. When the opportunity arose, he was delighted to re-join the Board of Tai Tarian in 2019.
Daniel is keen to see engagement with young tenants and young stakeholders of Tai Tarian increase, to ensure they can actively influence the future focus of the organisation. A strong advocate of equality, Daniel also wants to ensure that environmental concerns are addressed.
Sonia was elected as a Neath Port Talbot County Borough Councillor for Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Cwmgors, in May 2017, Sonia is an experienced leader, consultant and award winning executive coach. During a long career in public, private and voluntary sectors she has an established record of successful project and organisational development and service delivery.
Sonia is currently Chair of Appeals and a member of Social Care Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny and Audit Committees within the Local Authority. In addition to her work as a Councillor she is a Vice-Chair of the National Community Education College, Adult Learning Wales and an active community volunteer and Board member with Canolfan Maerdy the community anchor organisation in her own upper Amman Valley community.
Andrew has been a member of the Board at Tai Tarian since March 2019 and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was Chief Executive of RCT Homes now known as Trivallis, responsible for delivering tenant promises and WHQS. In addition to this he oversaw the establishment of a community regeneration charity and a social enterprise, supporting young people through work place based learning into work. He spent three years as FinanceDirector of Worcester Community Housing which is now known as Fortis Living. Andrew was also previously employed in senior finance roles in the NHS Wales for 17 years.
Throughout his career Andrew has led on strategic and value led business development. He was a Board Member at Sport Wales, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee and sat on the Business In The Community (BITC) impact Leadership Team, promoting responsible business practises.
In 2016 Andrew joined the board of a Welsh Based construction company in the role of Finance and Operations Director, the company build new homes for sale and also housing for social landlords.