Who we are

Expert Staff

Knowledge across the housing and equality field

Pro-active, friendly, approachable and helpful

Staff

Tai Pawb has a dedicated team of expert staff. The team has a broad depth of knowledge across the housing and equality field. We pride ourselves on being pro-active, friendly, approachable and helpful.

Alicja Zalesinska

Email: alicja@taipawb.org
Direct Line: 029 2053 7632
Twitter: @AlicjaTaiPawb

Responsible for: Providing leadership in the development and advancement of Tai Pawb’s strategic direction and operational management. Championing and promoting equality and diversity in housing in Wales.

Experience and Interests: Alicja previously worked for the equality sector focusing on grassroots and community work, support and advice as well as strategy, policy and research. She has an M.A. in English Philology and an MSc in Equality and Diversity from Cardiff University. She strongly believes in equality work based on compassion, and respect and cultural change. Born in Poland, Alicja moved to Wales in 2004 and likes walking her dog and camping.

Ceri MeloyEmail: ceri@taipawb.org
Direct Line: 029 2053 7634
Twitter: @CeriTaiPawb

Responsible for: Existing and new business and income generation.

Experience and Interests: Ceri Meloy joined us in June 2017 as the new Head of Business. Ceri has a wealth of experience in housing and social care having worked for a number of housing associations in South Wales, managing housing and supported housing departments, as well as local authority housing. More recently she was Director of Dimensions in Wales.

Ross ThomasEmail: ross@taipawb.org
Direct Line: 029 2053 7633

Responsible for: Tai Pawb’s communications, policy and political influence and visibility.

Experience and Interests: Prior to joining Tai Pawb, Ross worked as an Account Manager at Freshwater, a leading, Cardiff-based PR agency, supporting and advising clients across the public and private sector on their communication, stakeholder engagement and public affairs. He has a degree in Social Policy from Swansea University and went onto postgraduate study in Politics and Public Policy at Cardiff University. Ross has more than ten years’ experience in grassroots community development and community relations, having previously worked for the Communities First programme. He has been a County Borough Councillor in Bridgend since 2012 and was the Mayor of Maesteg in 2013/14.

Email: vicki@taipawb.org

Direct Line: 07788 901919

Twitter: @vickifoley_

Responsible for: Managing and maintaining the relationship between Tai Pawb and its members and other service users, including acting as a first point of contact and developing membership support activities.

Experience and Interests: Vicki has worked in the housing sector for over 15 years, starting in maintenance and private sector housing at Cardiff Council and then Cadwyn Housing Association where she headed two homelessness services and an estate agency, these services were delivered in partnership with local authorities in Cardiff, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil.

She has a degree in Psychology from Swansea University and a MSc in Housing and Professional Practice from Cardiff University.

Email: rob@taipawb.org
Direct Line:
07769 758658

Responsible for: Leading partnership work on Tai Pawb projects and establishing a sustainable fundraising strategy.

Experience and Interests: Since 2015 Rob has had five years as social enterprise manager at Huggard Centre in Cardiff. His responsibilities involved project management of Huggard’s social enterprises and Huggard’s volunteering projects and line management of the teams involved. Rob secured funding for projects to grow and continue to empower those in Huggard’s care to begin making positive changes.
Rob’s background is in vendor outreach and community partnerships for The Big Issue Cymru and social enterprise at Cathays Community Centre. Building skills in supporting people and partnership working.
Rob studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics undergrad at Open University. He is committed to co-production and ‘levelling the playing field’, striving to counteract social barriers for everyone.

Email: andrea@taipawb.org
Direct Line: 029 2053 7631

Responsible for: The day-to-day organisation and co-ordination of the office. This involves looking after Tai Pawb’s membership, database information, the governance of the organisation and charity’s financial affairs.

Experience and Interests: Andrea is AAT qualified and has an MSc in Management. Andrea previously worked in the Care Sector for 22 years, and was responsible for the administration and financial functions for Hafod Care Association. Prior to this time she worked in Further Education. Andrea has an interest in musical theatre.

Email: charlotte@taipawb.org

Twitter: @charlotte_gadd

Direct Line: 029 2053 7633

Responsible for: Tai Pawb’s marketing and communication through all channels.

Experience and Interests: Charlotte has a background in events and marketing, prior to joining Tai Pawb, Charlotte worked as an Event Manager in the private sector, marketing, organising and delivering large scale events. Charlotte also spent 5 months volunteering leading a livelihoods project. She has a degree in Ancient History from Bristol University and is currently studying Environment Studies part time at The Open University. Charlotte is passionate about equality, particularly racial equality and environmental justice. In her spare time she loves exploring new places and swimming.

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Bethan is a fluent Welsh speaker from North Wales and has been delivering training on E&D for over 20 years, with a focus on equality legislation.  Previously she worked for three statutory equality commissions for over 15 years, and has been contracted by a range of public and third sector bodies, including the Older People’s Commission in Wales, Civil Service Learning, Cardiff and Bangor Universities and the NHS. 

Bethan is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Welsh Government approved since 2008). She is also a mental health tutor for Cardiff University’s PGCE courses and runs mental health training across the public, private and third sectors. Bethan has been an Employment Tribunal Member since 2010.  Her qualifications include an MSc in Equality and Diversity, MA in Women’s Studies (Applied) and an MSc in Health Economics.

Colin has been working as a trainer, consultant and coach in the field of equality and diversity for over 20 years. He has experience of working with a variety of organisations, including third sector organisations, large public sector organisations, small companies and a number of housing associations. He has an MSc. in Change, Certificates in Groupwork and Human Resource Management, and a Diploma in Leadership Mentoring and Coaching (ILM Level 5).

Through his work he brings about improved practice in equality and diversity and makes the issues discussable. His style is most often described by participants as very engaging.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Dai worked in local government in Wales for 31 years before becoming a freelance consultant on Equalities and Welsh language issues, covering translation work, policy support (development, monitoring and reporting) and training delivery (especially in terms of general Equalities and Welsh Language awareness and undertaking impact assessments).

During his local government career, he gained a BA in Public Management and an MSc in Equality and Diversity. He has experience on a practical level of linking housing and landlord/tenant issues with the Equalities agenda, through training sessions and developing guidance documents, and brings this experience to Tai Pawb as an Associate Member.

Marilyn Bryan-JonesMarilyn has a background in housing at both operational and strategic level and has undertaken many roles in the voluntary & private sectors. She has been involved in training for over three decades. Marilyn’s key focus is always to tailor the training to suit organisational needs, resulting in management and staff promoting and celebrating the training.

Diversity and equality has always been Marilyn’s main priority in the workplace. She is passionate about training and believes it is a vehicle in which to effect change in both individuals and organisations.

Olymbia is based in mid Wales and is passionate about supporting and delivering diversity and inclusion for both organisations and individuals. She has worked as an equality practitioner for over 18 years and has a range of experiences including working as an Equalities, HR and Skills Advisor for businesses across Wales, as an Equalities Advisor for public bodies, managing development programmes and as a freelance consultant. She is also a voluntary Trustee for 2 charities.

She has delivered a range of equality work including project management, training, facilitation and engagement processes, policy formation, equality impact assessments, equal pay audits, equality accreditations, data analysis and report writing. She has worked at Executive, Director and Board level, as well as with equality, organisations, networks and individuals. She is also a coach and mentor (ILM Level 7) and has a MSc in Computer Science.

Board

Tai Pawb is governed by a recognised board of trustees. The board scrutinises the work of Tai Pawb and drives our strategic direction. Board members represent membership categories and are recruited for their skills and expertise.

Twitter: @JaniceFionaBell

With a CMI level 7 in Leadership and honours graduate in Social Policy and Administration, Janice has extensive knowledge of Care and Support Services and Housing, particularly Supporting People. She initially worked as a nurse and midwife in the NHS, before changing career direction and for the past 26 years has worked in senior roles for progressive Housing Associations. Janice is also a Board Member of Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Development Project.

Until 2016, Janice was Head of Support for Taff Housing, with line manager responsibility for c.50 members of staff, including four Team Managers and a Senior Administrator. She managed a variety of generic and specialist floating support contracts as well as refugee and older people’s services in Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Newport regions. She also led the Association’s Equality and Diversity group.

In July 2016, Janice returned to United Welsh where she began her support career in 1992. She now has a wider portfolio and responsibility for a Hostel, temporary accommodation, supported housing, and floating support in Cardiff and Caerphilly and leads the United Welsh Thrive Support Department with her colleague Karen Tipple.

Twitter: @JC-NCH

Jonathan has worked in housing since 2003 in a variety of roles and currently works as Community Relationship Manager for Newport City Homes. Jonathan has been closely involved with the Black and Minority Ethnic communities of Newport and is currently working on ways to use digital tools to allow all tenants to get involved with their landlord and to improve their experience as customers. He strongly believes in the need for housing and related services to be accessible to all, and is really proud to be on the board of Tai Pawb.

Twitter: @BoyoCraig

A former Director of Engagement at the Senedd, Craig was awarded the OBE for services to the Welsh Parliament and Equality in the New Year’s Honours List 2021.  Craig enjoyed a 38-year career at the Welsh Office and since 1999, at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Since leaving the Senedd in 2019, Craig has developed a small portfolio career combining his board level experience and passion for equality and fairness:

  • Ministry of Justice Public Appointment as a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunal for England and Wales.
  • Chair-elect of Tai Pawb which promotes equality and social justice in the Welsh housing sector https://www.taipawb.org/
  • Chair of South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Deputy Chair and Community Editor of LGBTQymru which publishes Wales’ first free and fully bilingual, LGBTQ+ lifestyle e-magazine.
  • Board member of Tai Ffres – which is taking a fresh approach to ending youth homelessness https://www.unitedwelsh.com/taiffres/
  • Welsh Government Public Appointment as Senior Independent Panel Member for Public Appointments in Wales.
  • Member of Iris in the Community Advisory Group

Twitter: @Lindsay_Wallich

Lindsay is the CEO of The Wallich. She previously worked for the National Probation Service and a Community Safety Partnership in England, managing a portfolio which included substance misuse, housing, domestic abuse, community policing and counter terrorism.

Previously Lindsay was the CEO of award winning Newlink Wales and was the co-author of Recovery Framework for Wales. Her particular skill is innovation and she describes herself as a big ideas person.

Lindsay has published academically on the subject of culturally appropriate practice and the challenges of embracing diversity within the substance misuse sector. She is currently studying for her Professional Doctorate and is an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University. Most of all she is a relentless problem solver, skilled strategist and a lover of life!

Twitter: @findlayequality

Graham identifies as a disabled person and has worked on promoting disability equality in Wales and beyond for over 25 years.

Currently the Co-production Lead for national disability charity Scope, he has also worked for Chartered Institute of Housing, managing their award-winning Positive Action for Disability traineeship programme for disabled housing professionals. He also worked for ten years as Access Officer at Disability Wales, including successfully lobbying Welsh Government for the adoption of Lifetime Homes standards.

Graham believes strongly in deeds as well as words, and wants to see inclusive, accessible housing for all as central to the Welsh housing agenda, rather than being stuck in the margins.

Twitter: @Matt_Kennedy87

Matt started his career in housing as a graduate management trainee at (what was) Gwalia Housing Association working in a variety of departments and roles, from the front-desk to letting properties. Going on to study at the University of Bath gaining an MSc in Business & Community, Matt went on to become a policy officer at Community Housing Cymru, specialising in care, support and health.

Matt progressed to work at Macmillan Cancer Support as their policy officer in Wales, focussing on work to shape and inform the government’s approach to cancer care in Wales. Matt returned to the housing sector in 2017 to take up a role as policy and public affairs manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales where he leads on the organisation’s policy activity.

Matt is passionate about the role housing professionals have in improving outcomes for people and alleviate pressures on other public services.

Robin has been Head of Homes and Safer Communities for Carmarthenshire County Council since 2004. This includes leading housing, public protection and some social care services. Previously, he worked in a housing management community/co-operative development, was director of an RSL and Head of Housing in a south west council, ran his own housing and regeneration consultancy, and worked for the Audit Commission in Wales. Robin is a housing adviser to the Welsh Local Government Association and a Governor of Pwll Primary School. For his sins, he is an follower of the Scarlets, London Welsh and West Ham.

Sarah joined Valleys to Coast in July 2017 as Director of Resources continuing her career in the housing sector, in particular not for profit organisations. Her previous roles include Director of Finance and ICT for Cardiff Community Housing Association, Assistant Director of Finance at Gwalia (now the Pobl Group), and also Director of Finance for Tenovus, the cancer charity.
Sarah was a Board member at Valleys to Coast for a short period of time in 2011 and is currently on the Board of Cardiff and the Vale Care and Repair. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, has a CIPFA qualification in International Treasury Management, a Foundation Certificate in NLP from Chester University and a degree in Economics from Swansea University.

Bill worked in hostels in Cardiff and as a research assistant for Shelter Cymru before starting his current role as Local Authorities’ Housing Networks Officer. This diverse role has given him a good overview of the different perspectives of the housing and homelessness sector, from local authorities, to the third sector, and Welsh Government.

Bill studied Politics at Cardiff University, and went on to gain an MSc (Econ) in Public Policy, with his dissertation focus on Care Leavers and homelessness in Cardiff. He is currently learning Welsh, enjoys playing rugby for Aberavon Harlequins, and follows all things sport and politics.

In 2013, Elaine moved into the not-for-profit sector working for an organisation that supported people with Learning Disabilities to live independently. This opportunity gave her a greater understanding of the importance of having a secure home and how, with the right type of person centred support, it can enable people to grow and develop.

Elaine joined ClwydAlyn in 2015 as Director of Human Resources and was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in 2018. She is responsible for HR, Communications and Marketing.

Elaine is delighted to join the Tai Pawb Board and support the team to develop a new strategy for the charity.

Nazia has been working in the Welsh third sector since 2015 after graduating from the University of South Wales with a BSc Hons in Criminology and Sociology. With experience in a number of different fields including gambling related harm, access to dementia services for BAME groups and equality in housing, she has been able to see first-hand the impacts of social injustice on low income households and marginalised groups.

Her previous roles involved managing the award-winning Open Doors Project, and the Cardiff Homeless World Cup Legacy Project.

Nazia is currently working in the Welsh housing sector specialising in tenant engagement and is a strong advocate for the power of tenant voice in shaping services.