Anthony Hearn

Chairman of the Board

Anthony Hearn

Currently Director of Housing and Communities for Merthyr Valley Homes, Anthony has worked and volunteered in housing, supported housing, and youth and community development organisations for over 30 years. He is passionate about working with people and communities to help them thrive and prosper, a big supporter of foundational economies and transformative power of the social economy, and a huge advocate for equality and social justice.

Catherine Shaw

Tenant Board member

Catherine Shaw

Former modern languages student at Aberystwyth University. Member of the Tenant Steering Group while Tai Ceredigion was being formed. Former long standing member and Minutes Secretary of the Tai Ceredigion Monitoring Group. Tai Ceredigion Board member since December 2015. The Care Society Board member since April 2018. Aims to ensure that tenants are considered in every Board decision and to help The Care Society to continue to develop, putting the support of vulnerable people at the heart of the business.

Peter Saunders

Independent board member

Peter Saunders

• Chair of the Joint Consultative Committee • Background in town planning, research and University lecturing • Former Director of student services at John Moores University, Liverpool • Active interest in social care and extra care housing • Aims to help Tai Ceredigion to develop services that reflect the particular needs of Mid Wales • Keen Welsh learner

John Rees

Vice-Chair of the Care Society

John Rees

Vice Chair of the Audit and Performance Committee • Finance Manager at Coastal Housing Group • Chartered Certified Accountant • Currently sits on the ACCA South Wales Panel and assists with Advocacy, attending CPD events representing the ACCA and planning the CPD programme for South West Wales • Passionate about the social housing sector and keen to use his knowledge and experience for the benefit of tenants • Board co-optee since June 2017

Stephen Cripps

Independent Board co-optee

Stephen Cripps

Former Chairman and current Vice-Chairman of Tai Ceredigion • Former local government Chief Officer with 30 years experience including in Housing Management • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing • Former Independent member (and Vice-Chairman) of Ceredigion County Council’s Ethics and Standards Committee • Former Board Member of Community Housing Cymru • Board co-optee since March 2016 • Aims to assist Tai Ceredigion in the provision of decent, affordable, and well-managed housing which is essential for good health, supports education and employment, and helps to build and support strong local communities. Committed to working in partnership with other Agencies for the benefit of local communities.

Tony Kitchen

Independent Board co-optee

Tony Kitchen

Tony moved to Wales with his wife in December 2003. He has been a trustee and a board member for the Care Society since 2004. He is a qualified accountant, being a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 30 years. Tony has a smallholding and has enjoyed learning about keeping sheep and chickens.

Margaret Gallagher

Independent Board co-optee

Margaret Gallagher

Margaret is an Australian who has lived in the UK for 26 years, 18 of them in Ceredigion. She has a BSc and MA in Psychology from the University of Sydney. In both Australia and the UK she worked in social care and health for over 20 years, in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, developing and delivering services, both housing-related and direct support, for adults and for families, working at all levels from strategic and managerial to operational and front-line service delivery. She was the original Supporting People Manager for Ceredigion County Council and facilitated the set up of the initiative in the county. After her retirement she undertook a number of courses in visual arts, as well as alternative therapies, and has just completed an MArts in Ancient Civilisations at UWTSD Lampeter. She is passionate about learning and has an extensive and constantly expanding library. Now she has completed her formal studies, she is looking forward to bringing her experience and enthusiasm into her role as an independent board member for the Care Society and trustee at Jig-So Children's Centre in Cardigan.