Board Members

Our Board Members embed outstanding governance, leadership and innovation in a well established and successful housing association. Scroll down to meet them!

Jackie Royall, Chair of the Board

With 20+ years’ experience at CEO level, Jackie is an experienced board member both as an executive and non-executive in the private and the public sector.  Jackie has been a member of the Caredig board since May 2017 and was vice-chair of ARC from April 2018 to October 2019.  Jackie currently works with several organisations as a non-executive and a business mentor. Jackie is a qualified accountant, a six sigma blackbelt, has a masters in lean and is motivated by learning and continuous improvement.

Max Humber

Max has worked in the automotive, aerospace and metals processing industries. He joined Jaguar Cars in 1988 and has held operational, technical and commercial roles in both large international and private businesses. He has been CEO of two private equity-owned manufacturing businesses and is able to focus on both operational and strategic objectives. Max holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and an Engineering degree from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He is married and has 3 sons!

Deborah Smyth

Deborah is the director of her own recently established small businesses, taking the decision to move on from many years in education and teaching within the school of Business and Construction. Deborah has prior experience of working on a housing board, which included holding the position of chair, extending her knowledge of the NED role and boards purpose. She has sound knowledge in corporate governance and experience of leading organisational change.

Chris Foxall

Christopher is currently a private investor based in Swansea. He has been involved in the Global Financial Securities business for over 17 years. He has managed global trading businesses in London and Wall Street for some of the world’s leading investment banks. Christopher has many years of experience with not-for-profit companies and was recently Chairperson of a charitable organisation focused on people with learning disabilities.

Martin Ridgeway

Martin has worked in partnership with local RSL’s, local authorities, Welsh Government and private developers for over 25 years, and has extensive knowledge of the Housing and Property market. Martin has a strong background in Regeneration, particularly in Town and City Centres, and is a member of the Vibrant and Viable Places Management Board in Bridgend. He has developed a strong and clear understanding of the need for transparent and sound governance through his voluntary and professional roles.

Donna Jones

Donna works for First Choice Housing Association as the Director of Corporate Services. She is responsible for Housing, Governance, HR and PR & Marketing. Donna is a Fellowship CIPD member and an Associate Member of Corporate Governance Practitioners. Donna has worked in supported housing for over 20 years.

Steffan Phillips

Steffan owns a Healthcare Service Design Consultancy and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. He was a director of a charity working with adults with learning disabilities, has a post-graduate qualification in Philosophy and Healthcare, and is a member of the European (Care) Pathway Association. Steffan supports community development, reducing social isolation and health and wellbeing. He is very active in the voluntary sector, and works with the friends of parks and gardens community!

Mike Santon

Mike has worked in Housing and Construction for over 30 years. Throughout his career, Mike has made a positive contribution to the built and wider social environment while supporting sustainable communities through local employment, training, volunteering and community investment. Mike is passionate about tackling inequalities and adding value within his sphere of influence, and is currently a Member of the South Glamorgan Community Health Council.

Hamish Munro, Co-opted

Hamish is a regeneration and development specialist. In the last 30 years he has been the Director of Development Consultancy at TC Consult, the Head of Regeneration at Newport Unlimited, and has delivered regeneration projects for the Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Government. Hamish is a qualified youth worker and has worked in several youth and community organisations, and is currently coaching the local U18’s football team.

David Evans

David is a Law graduate and Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience as a senior finance professional in both private and third sector organisations. He is the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Bay Leisure Ltd, a health and fitness chain with sites across England and Wales. David enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two children, and taking his golden retriever Ollie on long walks!

Angharad Higgins

Angharad has over 25 years of experience in housing and health, including direct provision, planning, and commissioning services. She works for the University Health Board and is passionate about making sure that people who use services play a role in shaping them. Identifying and meeting the needs of minority groups is important to Angharad. She is studying for a PhD with the Centre for Innovative ageing in Swansea University, researching the needs of older Welsh speakers living in care homes in Wales.