Our Board

There is no doubt that the social housing sector has a big impact on the lives of thousands of people across the country, every day. There is also no doubt the people on the boards of these organisations make decisions which have a long-lasting positive impact for future generations.

Julie Thomas RNMH, DipN, MSc (Gofal Iechyd)



Julie is a retired Divisional Director of Community Services with Aneurin Bevan Universities Health Board. She joined the board in 2015.

Anthony Hearn

Vice Chair


Anthony is Assistant Director (Housing) at Valleys to Coast Housing Association.

Wendy Bowler


Wendy is a retired Public Health Practitioner. She is now a self-employed Healthy Working Wales Assessor and was co-opted onto the board in October 2016.

Lisa Howells


Lisa is a Sales & Marketing Director for Curo Group with 20 years’ of property experience within the housing sector; member of the Housebuilding Federation and the National Housing Federation.

Cliff Jones


Cliff is a retired banker, Financial Advisor and Relationship Director for the Social Housing Sector, Education and Local Authorities for Barclays in Wales.

Sarah Bees


Sarah has a health and social care background, and is currently a Policy & Project Officer for the Gwent Regional Partnership Team.

John Jackson


With over 20 years innovative and marketing experience John has been running his own business for 3 years, Jackson Concepts. He has a passion for strategy, rebranding and digital.

Gareth Thomas


Gareth began his career as a carpenter with Powys Council over 10 years ago, with a passion for asset management he worked his way up and got an HNC in Construction. Recently moving to Alliance Homes as a Technical Manager in England he still wanted to be part of Welsh housing so joined our board.

Chris Edmondson MSc Cert. Ed


Chris is a freelance management researcher, adviser and editor and was previously Chair of the Board.

Martin Reed


Martin is a retired finance director of Brains Brewery. He had worked there for 17 years before he retired in June 2019. He is also a non-exec director of Welsh Whiskey