Get to know our Board

Cadwyn is led by a voluntary Board which is responsible for the way we operate

The Board meets on the first Wednesday of every month (except January and August) to agree future strategy, monitor performance and decide policies.

They also have a Board Away Day every January where they discuss the strategic direction of the organisation, governance and the Business Strategy.

The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Defining and ensuring compliance with the organisation’s values and strategic objectives;
  • Ensuring that there are effective systems for evaluating the work of the organisation. Establishing mechanisms for communication and receiving feedback from the organisation’s partners;
  • Monitoring the organisation’s performance, taking timely corrective action if required and driving improvement through a self-evaluation process;
  • Ensuring strong effective governance.
Frances O'Brien
Frances is an experienced senior executive local government leader. She is currently the Chief Officer – Enterprise at Monmouthshire County Council with responsibility for strategic projects, highways and neighbourhood services.
Frances has chaired a number of different Boards, including Cylch (an organisation which represents a network of smaller charities that worked in reuse and recycling). At the time of chairing Cylch, Frances was the youngest female chair of a charity.
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John Union
Vice Chair

John has had a long and successful career in financial services most recently working for Barclays until March 2016 as Head of Wales, Corporate Banking. John has been a Board Member at Cadwyn since 2017.

Since leaving Barclays he has held a number of roles working in the business community in South Wales and in addition to his role as Vice-Chair at Cadwyn Housing he is also currently an Independent Member (Finance) at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board since October 2017 and a Non-Executive Director at Swansea Building Society since November 2017.

He is also a Governor at Mary Immaculate RC High School, a Vice President at Cardiff Business Club and an Ambassador for Blake Morgan, Solicitors. John is also a Non-Exec Director of Igneous, Cadwyn’s subsidiary company.
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Nicola Eynon
Vice Chair of Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

Nicola is the Housing Team Leader at Newydd Housing Association. She has been a Cadwyn tenant for over 20 years.


Katie Dalton
Vice Chair of People Committee

Katie Dalton is the Director of Cymorth Cymru, the representative body for providers of homelessness and housing-related support services in Wales. Katie has been a Board Member since 2015. 

Within her role, Katie provides strategic leadership and works with Cymorth’s members, people who use services, government and other stakeholders to influence policy, legislation and practice with the aim of preventing homelessness and supporting vulnerable people to live independently. Prior to this, she was Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Welsh mental health charity Gofal (now called Platfform).


Derek Walker
Board Member

Derek is the Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre and previously worked as the Head of External Affairs for the Big Lottery Fund in Wales and as a policy officer at Stonewall.

Derek is a member of the Governance, HR & Equalities Committee and has been a Board Member since 2017.

Sioned Hughes
Chair of Governance, HR & Equalities Committee

Sioned works as Principal Consultant at Altair Ltd. Prior to this, she worked as the Chief Exec of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, and Deputy Chief Exec of Community Housing Cymru (CHC). She worked for CHC for 12 years. Sioned is also a fluent Welsh speaker. Sioned has been a Board Member since 2017.

Cathy Madge
Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Cathy works for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, as a Lead Change Maker focussing on advice for public bodies, futures work and the health agenda. She is also a committee member of the Mackintosh Community Garden in Roath and a parent governor at Albany Primary School. Cathy has been a Board Member since 2017.

Paul Evans
Board Member

Paul is an experienced Compliance and Regulatory Risk professional, with over 30 years experience gained in senior roles with NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Computershare and Grant Thornton. He is currently Head of Compliance and Conduct Risk at Principality Building Society, having previously been their Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Paul is a member of the Audit Committee and has been a Board Member since 2018.


Paul Riley

Paul is the Director of Library and Information Services at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is responsible for the Digital Strategy. Paul has worked at the university for 25 years.

Paul is a member of the Audit Committee and has been a Board Member since 2018.


Gareth Hexter
Chair of Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

Gareth has recently retired as Group Director Resources at United Welsh, where he had overall responsibility for all aspects of the finance team. This role also covered the IT, HR and marketing teams. He was also a board member for Celtic Horizons (the maintenance subsidiary of United Welsh). He has over 30 years of experience in the housing sector.

Mark Davies
Board Member

Mark is retired and worked for Carmarthenshire County Council. He was the Head of Property Maintenance and Construction. He is currently a Director of his own small company (iMD Systems Ltd.). He is also a Director of Constructing Excellence Wales. They seek to improve the construction industry.

Peter Maggs
Chair of Igneous Board

Peter is an experienced housing professional and worked in the housing association sector for over 35 years. His last role was as Group Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Housing. Since retiring he has had a number of Board member roles, including at Tai Tarian, Ty Hafan, and Hendre.

The Board is comprised of up to 12 people, including tenants, who, collectively, have a wide range of experience within the private, third and public sector.

From time to time, we may also seek to recruit new Board Members who have specific experience in one or more of the following:

  • Governance and strategic management:
  • Financial Management, accountancy and audit:
  • Financing;
  • Risk management
  • Media, public relations and marketing;
  • Information technology;
  • Human resources, training and development;
  • Asset management, construction industry including related professional services and property development;
  • Business consultancy and business planning;
  • Legal;
  • Social landlord activities;
  • Residents’ issues;
  • Housing management and community relations;
  • Equal opportunities and diversity;
  • Risk management;
  • Social enterprise and community development.

Content of Board Meetings

Board meetings are divided into three parts: items for decision; items for discussion and items for information. Over the past year the Board have been involved in decisions about expansion and relocation of CanDo Contractors; our investment strategy; our Business Strategy; diversifying parts of the business; improving our governance arrangements through changes to our rules; discussions and decisions about development, and much more.

There is a standard Board timetable for agenda items, which will be explained more fully during the induction process.

Cadwyn’s Board welcomes observers to a Board Meeting, and if you are interested in observing, please contact Leynie Pearn. ( or 029 2043 4435)


For more information about the Board, please see the Board’s obligations, terms of reference and Code of Governance, which can be downloaded here