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Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD); he’s experienced senior HR practitioner with a background in private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Andrew’s knowledge and experience makes him our natural Board Champion for Taff’s people and culture, and a mentor to newly appointed Board Members. You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

Andrew believes that putting people first leads to better businesses; his personal mission is to “Make work more human”. Andrew founded and leads The Spark Company, an independent consultancy firm based in Cardiff.

Andrew has led significant change projects, restructures, mergers and acquisitions, culture change and other transformational programmes. Andrew is fanatical about lifelong learning and can often be found reading a book, journal or the latest workplace research.

Andrew spends his free time walking Mylo (soppy Labrador) and Lola (demanding Beagle) through the woods and trails of Porthkerry Park or along the beaches of Barry Island. Andrew enjoys sport and fitness; he enjoys he’s rumoured to be a distinctly average loosehead prop and is definitely a fair-weather cyclist. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, Andrew is a foodie; enough said!

Dianne was a solicitor for 20 years in local government, mostly in South Wales. After ten years as a Director with Cardiff Council, she moved to the Assembly and retired as Chief Operating Officer in 2012.

Joining Taff’s Board in 2014, Dianne is also an Associate with Global Partners Governance, which works with developing democracies in the middle east and north Africa.

Dianne’s first home was a council house in Cumbria and she spent her childhood in the north of England. Moving to Cardiff in 1985, she has spent most of her life living in Wales and bringing up her children.

Her spare time is divided between travel, walking, rugby (supporting Cardiff Blues and Wales) and her two grandsons.

Howard has 40 years experience in banking across England, Scotland and Wales. Beginning in branch banking, he also worked in corporate banking and management training.

After moving to Wales in 2000, he specialised in relationship management to the Healthcare, Education and Social Housing sectors. He has an MBA and was an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Howard lived in Cardiff for 19 years, moving to Brecon in 2019 to be closer to grandchildren.

Married to Karen for nearly 40-years, Howard enjoys walking, music and football. Howard is also on the board of Abbeyfield Society Wales as a Trustee and is a member of Brecon Rotary Club.

Graeme currently works for Handelsbanken Cardiff, having previously been employed at RBS / NatWest for over 19 years.

He has worked with property and trading businesses in various sectors, with turnovers ranging from c£0.25m to c£100m and has supported customers in growing, selling and exiting.

In addition, he has lead the NatWest Commercial and Corporate team for South East Wales, based out of Cardiff.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the London Institute of Banking & Finance having completed a MSc in Banking, Finance and Management in 2019.

He has previously served on the Board as Treasurer of another Welsh Housing Association and is a Welsh Government Business Mentor.

Living near the coast, Graeme enjoys walking, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over 20 years experience working in housing. Prior to this, he worked in finance and customer service sectors. 

He is currently the Strategy and Business Intelligence Manager at Newport City Homes with responsibility for overseeing the association’s strategic and corporate planning, risk management and internal audit functions.  Chris also brings experience in business planning, value for money and performance improvement.  Chris has a masters degree in Housing from Cardiff University.

Chris is passionate about deigning services to meet the needs of residents and placing residents at the heart of every decision that is made.  He also believes that housing associations are so much more than just a landlord.  

Chris is a member of Taff’s Audit & Risk Committee.

A resident of Canton, Chris is a lifelong Cardiff City fan and also enjoys travelling and cooking.  On most weekends he can be found cycling the roads of Cardiff, the Vale and the valleys.   

Naomi is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over 13 years’ experience in the Social Housing Sector. After achieving her Post Graduate Diploma in Housing and Professional Practice, she has worked in both operational and strategic roles in the Welsh, English and New Zealand Housing sectors.

She is passionate about housing and has spent time raising money and doing volunteer work with communities in Tanzania.

Naomi is currently an Income Manager for Bromford Housing but brings experience in tenancy, shared ownership, and leasehold management, tenancy support, emergency housing, and project management.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys long walks with her golden retriever Wellington in the welsh mountains.

Aleena has worked at Transport for London in the City Planning department, working on developing strategy and policy for London at the city region scale on the ‘New Draft London Plan’. She is currently studying a MSc in Transport and Planning at Cardiff University.

She is passionate about establishing sustainable, viable and inclusive communities and has worked as a volunteer in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest to improve sanitation, infrastructure and education.

When Aleena isn’t studying or volunteering, she regularly contributes to BBC/S4C broadcasts and online media on cultural and social issues. She challenges the traditional stereotype of the ‘Welsh Speaker’ by giving an alternative perspective of a Muslim Asian woman.

As a young planner and resident of Cardiff, Aleena recognises key issues facing tenants and is excited to find new and innovative ways of solving issues.

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