Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is made up of the Chief Executive, the Executive Directors and the Heads of Caredig Services. Scroll down to meet them!

Executive Team

Marcia Sinfield, Chief Executive

Marcia joined Caredig as its Chief Executive in January 2020. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief Executive at Tai Calon Community Housing. A qualified accountant, Marcia has held senior roles in social housing and local government, including supporting regeneration projects at Cardiff Council. She has held Board Member positions and is currently a lay member of Swansea University.   

She believes that providing good quality affordable housing is essential to maintaining healthy, resilient communities and that this is a key driver of prosperous local economies. Marcia  is committed to providing person centred outcomes for tenants and service users and recognises the importance of kindness in all relationships.  

Marcia relaxes using alternative therapies, including yoga and reflexology, to support her well-being. She also enjoys walking with her springer spaniel and the family – in that order 🙂  

 

Cerys Gregory, Executive Director of Finance & Business

Cerys joined Caredig in September 2019 as Executive Director of Finance and Business Services.

Cerys graduated from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, Cardiff with a honours degree in Economics and Accounting. She is a fully qualified “Big 4” trained Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Cerys has over 21 years of significant experience in a number of demanding financial management positions. Her last position prior to joining Caredig was with a global manufacturer in a UK wide role; she has extensive experience of multi-functional change management, leading and enabling transformation and delivering robust strategic financial leadership.

Outside her busy family life, Cerys’s interests revolve around travel, books and good company.

Janet Bochel, Executive Director of People & Communities

Janet is responsible for Housing, Older Persons, Supported Housing, Property Services & Organisational Development Teams.  Janet joined the Association in January 2017.   She has a wealth of experience, having worked in a variety of roles in local authorities and housing associations in England and Wales.  She was formerly Director of Customer Services and Development at Taff Housing Association.

Janet is married with two children.  To satisfy her love for dogs she is a volunteer ‘boarder’ for Guide Dogs Cymru providing care for Guide dogs undergoing assessment, training or between clients.

Heads of Service

Chris Randall, Head of Finance & I.C.T.

Chris gained experience in a number of finance roles outside of Housing before joining Caredig in July 2018. He is responsible for the financial transaction processing teams and for financial reporting. He also looks after the external IT contracts. Chris enjoys walking the dog along the Wales coast and watching football. 

Farid Ali, Head of Governance & Company Secretary

Farid began his career in one of the largest housing associations in Wales, straight out of university and has never looked back. Having gained over 15 years’ experience and a number of sector-recognised qualifications, his interest is in strong governance and tenant engagement.

Since joining Caredig, he has become part of the fabric of the organisation particularly through the transitions Caredig has gone through. Farid’s expertise has extended out of the office and into the community and has served on a Regional Equality Council Board of Management and now plays a leading role in the management of a local city charity.

Jason Smith, Head of Care & Support

Jason has worked in the Health and Social care sector for over 15 years and joined Caredig in 2016. He is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives by ensuring services are focused on supporting people to lead flourishing lives.   

Jason started his career as an apprentice in an NHS criminal Justice service and has since held a number of leadership roles in third sector organisations. He has diverse experience in leading and transforming a range of services including mental health, substance misuse, criminal justice, learning disabilities, older persons, volunteering and domiciliary care.   

In addition to his employment, Jason has previously been a director for a local social enterprise and is currently a Board Member for Taff Housing Association as well as a Trustee for Cymorth Cymru.  

In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family in the best part of Wales (West – of course) as well as training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  

Stephen Evans, Head of Housing & Communities

Steve joined Caredig in April 2020. He is responsible for leading our housing management teams; letting homes, collecting rent and other income, working with tenants on other tenancy issues and ensuring effective resident involvement.  

Steve has worked at a senior level in a variety of Housing organisations across South Wales and the North of England. He has extensive experience of working with tenants and staff to deliver customer-focused housing management, tenancy support and repair services. 

Steve is a past Chair of the Community Housing Cymru Welfare Reform Strategic Delivery Group, and currently, a Primary School Governor and Trustee of Cardiff and Vale Care and Repair, having previously held similar roles at other charitable organisations. 

Steve is married with two young children and a new puppy. He is sports mad and (still!) plays football and cycles regularly. 

Stuart Thomas, Head of Property & Estate Services

Stuart has worked in the Property sector for over 30 years and joined Caredig in 2001 following managerial and leadership roles in University Estate management and the Rent Officer Service.  

Stuart leads our property and estates teams to provide maintenance services in and around our tenants' homes.  

In his spare time, he is a volunteer at a local rugby club, having previously been a director of a sporting Association and a rugby and cricket coach for over a decade. 

Vicky Nicholas, Head of HR, OD & Comms

Vicky is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has worked in a number of HR Management roles for over 15 years. She joined Caredig just over 12 years ago as HR Team Manager.

Prior to joining Caredig, Vicky worked for a large Public Sector organisation where she has managed local HR teams and national Business Change projects across multiple sites.

Vicky was also a finalist for Best HR Professional - Public/Third Sector in the Wales HR Awards 2018!