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.

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.

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!

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.

Donna Jones

Donna works for First Choice Housing Association as the Director of Corporate Services & Housing Website. 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.

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.

Kirsten Achtelstetter

Kirsten is an experienced Technology executive with a strong record of transformation and growth across FTSE250 organisations and start-ups. Having held various CTO roles in the City, she has deep experience in financial services technology across asset management, trading and FinTech. She now runs her own business advising clients on business strategy, organisational efficiency and technology delivery. Her personal passion for                                                     property brought her to Caredig in March 2022.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Wiard Sterk

Wiard is a Dutch citizen and moved to Wales in 1984, via a brief spell of living in London. His career began in theatre. After obtaining an Art History degree from the Open University he worked extensively with artists, communities and public and private sector clients, developing creative projects and strategies in support of large scale regeneration and infrastructure renewal. He was the CEO of two successful creative agencies where he initiated and implemented significant organisational change, and worked across Wales, the UK and internationally. More recently he developed guidance for vulnerable EU citizens in the UK to assist them in obtaining their new immigration status post Brexit and helped establish the charity Settled, of which he is now a Trustee. Wiard is a Trustee of Sinfonia Cymru, is a keen sailor and lives with his wife in one of Cardiff’s traditional dockland communities, where they also run a small allotment.