Get to know our Board Members
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.
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!
Heidi has experience of working with the public, including those who are homeless, as well as fundraising and applying for grants for various projects.
Heidi has been a Board Member for a number of years offering a tenant’s perspective.
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.
Claire Canning is a senior communications professional, having worked within the police service and food industry before joining the housing sector in 2015.
As well as providing strategic communications direction for organisations to fulfil their purpose in line with their values, Claire has delivered award-winning integrated campaigns for brands and services, helped organisations to manage change and led on communications to develop and launch new business.
Claire’s other interests include writing, travel, learning Spanish and being the first person on the dance floor!
She is proud to work in housing; a sector which she believes is passionate about making things better.
Graeme has been Relationship Director with RBS / NatWest Group for over 10 years operating throughout South Wales and Severnside.
He has worked with businesses in all sectors, with turnovers from £0.5m to up to £100m and therefore been involved with all shapes and sizes of banking transactions.
In addition, he has lead the Commercial and Corporate NatWest team for South East Wales, based out of Cardiff.
He has previously served on the Board as Treasurer of another Welsh Housing Association and in his spare time is a Welsh Government Business Mentor.
He is also a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking & Finance having completed a MSc in Banking, Finance and Management in 2019.
Keith is a member of the BME community and a tenant who has previously worked as a Housing Officer with Cardiff Council.
He has been involved in many organisations including Chair of Loudon & Nelson House Tenants Association, a school governor and AWETU (Diverse Cymru).