Senior Management Team

The senior management team consists of the chief executive, the deputy 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.  She can be contacted on

Role Profile

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Claire Maimone

Deputy Chief Executive

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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Clare Way

Director of Housing

Clare started her career as a student with Newport City Council and was sponsored to complete a masters in housing at Cardiff University. Clare subsequently worked for two other local authority areas holding positions in housing management, supported housing and strategy.

In 2012, Clare won the prestigious Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru (CIH) Rising Star award.

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Andrew Carey

Director of Assets

Andrew completed his degree in construction management and established his career in the private sector working for a national house builder. He began working on site managing the construction of new homes and then began working in the development department. Andrew always enjoys a challenge and has worked on many complex projects.

Since then, Andrew entered the public sector and took a lead role in managing one of Wales' first cross sector funded schemes.

He developed and delivered a multi-million pound regeneration project in Cardiff. The project included a state of the art health centre, residential apartment blocks and a shopping parade with a community space. Andrew also worked extensively on creating a delivery strategy for a housing association in Cardiff to deliver the WHQS programme.

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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.