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Our Board

The United Welsh Group is governed by a Board of non-executive members and United Welsh’s Executive team. The Board is responsible for United Welsh’s strategy and policy framework.

The Shareholding Members, who elect a Board to oversee the running of the Association, own the Association.

The Board can set up committees to help with its work. United Welsh currently has two committees – the Audit & Risk Committee and the Remuneration & Governance Committee.

Responsibility for the day to day management of United Welsh and implementation of the policy framework is delegated to the Group Chief Executive who has an Executive Team to help.

 

Meet our Board

Grahame Sturges Chair of the Boar

“I recently retired from a long career in housing, including senior positions in the Local Authority and Housing Association sectors. I also serve on the Board of Caer Las Trading, the subsidiary of Caer Las Cymru, the Swansea based charity specialising in the promotion of social inclusion. I joined the United Welsh Board in 2012 and became Chair in July 2016.”

Bart Geere Board Member

“My career has been primarily in corporate banking in London and latterly, risk management of real-estate lending in Cardiff. I have recently retired from the role of Head of Credit Risk, Commercial Real-Estate at Optimum Credit. I live in Tremorfa, Cardiff, where I am actively involved with a community-focussed local church. I joined the Board in 2016.”

Damian Williams Chair of Audit & Risk

 

“I am a Chartered Certified Accountant with 10 years’ experience in the finance sector specialising in Audit & Assurance, Governance & Risk Management. My current role is Group Financial Controller for the Parts Alliance Group Limited. My interests are sports and charity fundraising. I joined the Board in 2014.”

Jeremy Brown Board Member

 

“My experience includes private, public and voluntary and sectors as Managing Director of a Healthcare consultancy and as County Director in Ceredigion. I also spent a year volunteering in India with my wife and sons. I joined the Board in September 2017.”

Phill Stokes Board Member

 

“With over 30 years industry experience, I set up my own Development and Housing Consultancy five years ago and now work with many clients in both the private and social housing sectors. I was born and bred in the Afan Valley and now live in Maesteg with my wife and two sons. I joined the Board in 2015.”

Gail Williams Board Member

 

“Following my retirement as Manager for Disability Wales, I now volunteer for NHS Education Programme for Patients; United Welsh and my church. I enjoy crafts and as a disabled person, I am passionate about all strands of equality and celebrating diversity. I joined the Board in 2015.”

Emma Tamplin Board Member

 

“With qualifications in Human Resource Management, I now work as Collaboration Manager at Chwarae Teg; a charity that promotes gender equality in the workplace. In my spare time I enjoy fundraising and volunteering. I joined the Board in 2016 and I am the Board Diversity Champion.”

Joanne Jones Board Member

 

“I am a Chartered Accountant currently working at the Wales Cooperative Centre as the Director of Finance and Resources. Since qualifying, I have gained over 13 years’ experience in the housing sector; auditing housing associations and as Head of Finance at Bron Afon. I joined the Board in November 2017.”

Richard Mann

 

“I joined United Welsh as a Director in 2005 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in December, 2021.  I am proud to have not only overseen growth in the numbers of properties delivered, but to also have been involved in the development of major regeneration programmes and environmental innovation. I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Building) and have served as the Chair of Community Housing Cymru’s Technical Services. I joined the Board in 2018.”

“With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) qualifications, I have worked within the health service for twenty years and currently as a Deputy Director of IT. I am passionate about co-creating value through partnerships and advancing value-based outcomes for the communities we serve. I joined the Board in 2021.”

 

 

”I’m a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with 13 years’ experience in the housing sector.

Prior to that I worked in the private sector at a volume housebuilder and in the third sector at Ategi. I am passionate about leadership and culture and my interests are netball, general fitness and walking.”

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Meet our Executive Team

Richard Mann

 

Richard has worked in the Housing Sector for over 20 years and was appointed Group Chief Executive of United Welsh in December 2021.

He started his career in housing development in Hampshire, overseeing a major regeneration programme in Basingstoke. Returning to Wales in 2000, he was employed as the Development Manager for Cardiff Community Housing Association.

Richard joined United Welsh as a Director in 2005. He has overseen a significant expansion in the number of homes delivered and led on major award-winning regeneration programmes, including the transformation of well-loved community buildings such as the Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital and Bargoed’s Hanbury Chapel.

He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Building) and has served as the Chairman of Community Housing Cymru’s Technical Services.

 

richard.mann@unitedwelsh.com

Amy was appointed as Executive Director Finance in June 2022 after joining United Welsh as Director Finance in 2003.

Amy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has been a qualified accountant for over 30 years.

 

amy.barrett@unitedwelsh.com

Julian qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 2002, starting work in the Private Sector Housing Team at a local authority.

During Julian’s 16 year career in local government he managed a wide of housing services including Housing Grants, Housing Renewal Areas, Homelessness Services, Housing Strategy and Community Safety, amongst others. Julian was also a member of a range of public sector boards and Commissioning Groups, providing expert housing experience and advice. In 2012, Julian qualified with a MSc in Management.

Julian joined United Welsh in November 2018 as Director of Housing & Communities. He has two children and enjoys participating in a variety of sports.

julian.pike@unitedwelsh.com

Sam is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with 13 years’ experience in the housing sector.

Prior to that she worked in the private sector at a volume housebuilder and in the third sector at Ategi. She is passionate about leadership and culture and interests are netball, general fitness and walking.

samantha.daniel@unitedwelsh.com