Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team consists of the Chief Executive and three Executive Directors.

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Linda Whittaker

Chief Executive

Linda has over 25 years’ experience in housing, starting as an accountant in the private sector with a number of small housing association clients. She then spent eight years working within a large Welsh association in senior finance positions, including two years as a treasury accountant, before moving to a smaller association as a director.

Having later gained experience of working as a consultant on stock transfers in England and Wales, Linda moved to the Welsh Assembly Government in a finance role, with responsibility for the administration budget for the organisation. After three years, she was promoted into the Senior Civil Service as the Director of Housing for Wales. As policy lead for all housing issues, she oversaw a number of stock transfers as well as having responsibility for regulation of Registered Social Landlords in Wales. Linda was appointed the Chief Executive of Tai Tarian in 2010.

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Role Profile

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Sian Ross

Director of Finance

Sian is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has over 20 years’ experience working across public and private sectors.  

She began her career as an accountant in 1996 at B/E Aerospace before being appointed as the Head of Finance for Environment, Sustainability and Housing at the Welsh Government. 

In 2011, Sian moved into the Housing and Care sector with Opportunity Housing, where she became their interim Finance Director.  She then worked for Gwalia, which, following a merger with Seren, became the Pobl Group. 

Sian left Pobl in 2017 to work for the Hywel Dda Health Board before joining Tai Tarian in the summer of 2018.

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Claire Maimone

Director of Housing and Corporate Services and Company Secretary

Claire has over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sector housing fields. She has a BSc in Environmental Health and a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration. She began her career as an Environmental Health Officer specialising in private sector housing and was responsible for managing the Private Sector Housing, Building Control and Housing Grant Teams with the former Lliw Valley Borough Council.

Following local government reorganisation she moved to the newly established Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and managed the Housing Grant and Regeneration Teams and took over responsibility for the management of Council housing and housing option services.

Claire has considerable experience of working in the social housing arena within Neath Port Talbot and brings a depth of understanding of the issues that may face Tai Tarian as well as a knowledge and working experience of the key stakeholders.

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Steve Tucker

Interim Director of Assets

Steve started his career in the financial sector, working for both banks and building societies before entering the housing association sector where he undertook a wide variety of duties ranging from housing management to development. Over the 15 years spent with associations, he refined his role to development and was the development manager for Charter Housing (now Seren Housing Group). With the advent of broadening opportunities for associations, Steve was involved in the first two Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in Wales with the provision and management of medical staff accommodation at the Royal Glamorgan and Llandough hospitals.

The provision of affordable housing remained the common theme when he moved to the private sector with Lovell and was involved in a number of regeneration projects undertaken in conjunction with associations and councils. During his time there, Steve was responsible for setting up Lovell’s Delivery Team and structure for the V2C Main Improvement Programme to achieve WHQS.

Steve has also spent time with George Wimpey as Senior Land Manager and with Leadbitter, where he was responsible for co-ordinating regeneration projects including a number of extra care homes.