The Role of the Board

The Board leads on the governance and assurance framework of the association. It defines and ensures compliance with our values and strategic objectives.

It prioritises how we use our resources and monitors the performance of the management team who run the company day to day.  Within that overall purpose, the roles and responsibilities of the Board  are:

  • Strategic direction 
  • Asset management
  • Scheme approvals 
  • Financial management
  • Staffing matters 
  • Governance and decision-making
  • Board arrangements 
  • External relations
Alison Thorne
Chair of the Barcud Board

Alison brings valuable knowledge as a very experienced board member and has an exceptional track record in leadership roles. Her diverse perspective and solid strategic thinking make her an ideal Chair to lead Barcud’s Board as the Group continues to grow and adapt in a rapidly changing industry.

Chair, Non-Executive Director, Trustee and Committee member, and founder of atconnect, a Business and People Development Company.

Global corporate career in retail, holding executive board roles at Mothercare, George at Asda and Otto UK

Executive leadership roles at Kingfisher and Storehouse, specialising in Operations, Buying, Merchandising and Sourcing.

Partner in a boutique search firm before setting up 'atconnect', a business that supports companies to deliver successful teams through executive search and mentoring working in Media, Digital, Retail, Housing and Health Care sectors.

Previously a Non-Executive Director for Thought Provoking Consulting, a trustee at Tropical Forest Trust (sustainable forest management) and a trustee and then Chair at Chwarae Teg (Wales's leading equality charity).

Board member for Sport Wales, and Governor for Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Alison builds on her equality work as the Wales Lead for Women on Boards and is an Independent Panel Member for Public Appointments for the Welsh Government.

Dafydd Lewis

Member of the Projects and Performance Committee

Member of the Care and Repair in Powys Board

Originally from Tumble in the Gwendraeth Valley has lived over 30 years in Dolgellau. Retired from Local Government as a Corporate Director with Gwynedd Council having strategic responsibilities for a range of services including Housing and Adult Social Care as well as lead responsibilities for Health & Well-being and Community Safety Partnerships.

Since retiring has been a member of Group Cynefin Board including being the Board Chair, volunteer’s with CAB and is Secretary of Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau. Is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Kaye Law-Fox
Chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee

Senior Independent Director

20 years public sector executive and senior management experience delivering complex national and regional change and strategic governance programmes.

Experienced Chair, Vice Chair and Board Member of registered providers of social housing since 2003, and subsidiary commercial asset management and development companies.

Kaye has degrees in management systems, health management and rural resource management and is a qualified project, programme, and portfolio manager.

Richard Woolley
Member of the Projects and Performance Committee

Member of the Care Society Board

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector in senior management positions in both Large Scale Voluntary Transfers (LSVTs) and traditional housing associations.  He has a further 7 years in NHS organisations prior to that. In 2019 Richard was appointed as Chief Executive of Connexus following the merger in 2017 of Shropshire Housing and Herefordshire Housing Groups.  Connexus manages 10,000 properties, is a major employer across the two counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire and has a development programme of 250 homes her year.
Mererid Boswell

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee

Member of the EOM Board

A chartered accountant with experience of finance in the charity and public sector 

Has lived in Ceredigion for 12 years and was an Aberystwyth Town  Councillor 

Treasurer of Arad Goch (a theatre company) and Chair of Camau  Cyntaf i Ddysgu (a nursery provision charity) 

Head of Finance and Corporate Services at the National Library of Wales

Fluent Welsh and English speaker and a Spanish learner

John Rees
Chair of the Audit and Performance Committee
Vice Chair of the Care Society Board

A Chartered Certified Accountant

14 years experience from a variety of roles including 7 within the Social Housing Sector.

Currently Head of Finance at Plymouth Community Homes

Links to the local community of Ceredigion

Active Welsh learner

Catherine Shaw
Member of the Care and Repair in Powys Board
Member of the Care Society Board


Former modern languages student at Aberystwyth University

Member of the Tenant Steering Group while Tai Ceredigion was being  formed 

Former long standing member and minutes secretary of the Tai Ceredigion Monitoring Group 

Board member since December 2015 

On the Board of The Care Society

Wyn Jones
Member of the EOM Board

Member of the Projects and Performance Committee

A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI) 

A property and valuation expert in practice at a firm of Chartered Surveyors  

Board member since August 2020

David Hall
Member of the EOM Board
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Group Head of Property for Wrekin Housing Group.

Member of both the Chartered Institute of Builders and Chartered Management Institute.

Over 25 years’ experience in social housing, in the delivery of Asset Management, Property Health and Safety, Procurement, and Housing Development.

Joined the Board Nov 2020

Enid Roberts

Chair of the Projects and Performance Committee

Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee

Self-employed management consultant

Previously worked in local government with strategic level experience in ICT, and Project and Programme management

Over 10 years' leadership experience in the social housing sector

Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society

Fluent Welsh speaker

Siobhan Johnson
Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Senior Human Resources and organisational development professional

Experience in social housing, social care, FMCG and private sectors

Skilled in HR Consulting, Coaching, Culture Change, Critical Thinking, Leadership and Management.

Advocate for equality and diversity and passionate about people realising their full potential

Long standing Associate member of CIPD with a MA Hons focused in Politics from The University of Glasgow.

Carina Roberts

Member of the Care and Repair Powys Board

Member of the Projects and Performance Committee

Has led in the housing field for over 30 years

Experience of working in partnership with other public and private sector organizations

Has been a board member of several voluntary boards including TPAS Cymru.

Fluent Welsh speaker.