Tai Ceredigion Board Members

Who are the Board members?


Listed below are the names and short personal statements from the 13 board members. Between them the board members bring different skills and expertise to the board to make sure that Tai Ceredigion would be able to deliver the promises made within the Offer document


Tenant Representatives


Catherine Shaw


Catherine Shaw came to Aberystwyth as a student at the University in 1996.  She planned to follow an academic career in Modern Languages, but had to give this up after becoming disabled.


A Council tenant for several years, she became involved in tenant representation when the idea of setting up Tai Ceredigion was first brought before tenants.  She served on the Tenants’ Steering Group, which became Tai Ceredigion Tenants’ Monitoring Group, starting during the period when Tai Ceredigion was being set up (2008/9) until July 2010 and then again from October 2013 until December 2015, when she was co-opted onto the Board.


Catherine hopes to bring the tenants’ voice to the Board, to ensure that tenants are considered in every decision, and to help Tai Ceredigion continue to develop with its tenants at the heart of its business.


Peter Deakin, Aberaeron



When in his Twenties, Peter was a builder’s labourer, a scaffolder and a painter.

He has lived in Aberaeron since 1988, renting flats in both the private sector and the social sector.

Prior to the transfer from the Council, he joined the Steering Group and assisted the Council by being on the Options Appraisal Panel. From this, he became the first Chair of the Monitoring Group, later standing down but staying with the Group. Until he was appointed to the Board he had then been the Vice-Chair and then the Treasurer of the Group. He is a strong believer in social housing and in social tenants being actively engaged with future developments.

Council Nominees


Councillor Dafydd Edwards


Dafydd lives in Bethania with his wife Llinos. He became a Ceredigion County Councillor in 2008, serving the Llansantffraid ward. He is actively involved as a board member of various groups supporting communities, local theatre, and the arts.

His background is civil engineering and he currently works in the field providing civil engineering, quantity surveying and management consultancy services – all skills and experience that are very valuable in his role on the Board of Tai Ceredigion.


“I see my role as a Board Member as an extension of my work as a councillor – ensuring that local communities are looked after and provided with good quality and value for money services. I want Tai Ceredigion to serve the local community by reducing bureaucracy, putting tenants first and adopting a common sense for the common good philosophy.”


Councillor Catrin Miles


Catrin has represented Teifi ward, Cardigan on the Town Council and on Ceredigion County Council since May 2008.  With a background in community development and social enterprise, she serves on many local boards and committees, co-ordinated Cardigan’s 900 anniversary celebrations in 2010, sits on the governing body of both Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi and Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Aberteifi (vice-Chair) and will Chair Cardigan’s premier cultural festival, “Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi” in 2013.


As a County Councillor, her ward is one of the most deprived in Wales and as a Tai Ceredigion Board Member Catrin wants to support policies which addresses deprivation throughout Ceredigion.


Councillor Lynford Thomas


Lynford is a native of the Swansea Valley but has lived in Ceredigion since 1969 when he moved to Felinfach with his family to work in the Milk Marketing Board factory as an electrical engineer - a move from coal to milk.

On the closure of the milk factory in 1988 and by now a Registered Safety Practitioner, he set up his own Health and Safety Advisory Service from his home in Ystrad Aeron offering a consultancy service for various clients throughout the UK, until his retirement in 2010.
An active member of the Aeron Valley community, Lynford has held various offices within local organisations ever since moving to the area. Any spare time is devoted to his 7 grandchildren.


In May 2012 he was elected to serve as County Councillor for the Llanfihangel Ystrad Ward which serves the villages of Felinfach, Ystrad Aeron, Dihewyd, Cribyn, Talsarn, Bwlchllan and parts of Penuwch and Abermeurig.

Lynford says “the local community has always been very important to me, in particular the preservation of the Welsh way of life, the language, village schools and wherever possible, retaining young people within their locality.


The provision of adequate work and suitable, local housing is therefore of paramount importance and I hope that my experience will assist Tai Ceredigion in maintaining their excellent progress to date”.


Independent Representatives


Derek Lassetter (Chairman)


Derek has enjoyed a lengthy career in Industry with various management roles in the field of specialist metals and engineering and has worked in London, Birmingham and Sheffield with extensive overseas experience.

He is also an independent member of the British Hallmarking Council and a committee member of the NHS Dyfed Powys Research Ethics Committee.

Derek lives in Aberystwyth with his family.

"My view is that Tai Ceredigion has quickly become established and respected as an organisation making a real contribution and a real difference to the lives of people in this County. Personally, I am very keen to be involved in the community and am pleased to have an opportunity to use my experience and skills to help Tai Ceredigion in this work"


Peter Saunders


Peter, who is now retired, lives in Aberystwyth and is learning Welsh.  He originally trained in Cardiff as a Town Planner, but soon moved into research and then lecturing.  He taught at John Moores University in Liverpool for a number of years developing an interest in public policy, particularly housing and health.  For the last 12 years of his career Peter was Director of Student Services and responsible for introducing significant changes to the administration and delivery of all student support.  Latterly, Peter has developed an active interest in social care and ‘extra-care’ housing.


Peter said "Tai Ceredigion as a great opportunity to develop services that reflect the particular needs of Mid-Wales, and it is important that the excellent work that is in hand is developed and extended."  


Cadwgan Thomas


Cadwgan was born and raised in Aberystwyth but moved to Cardiff over 20 years ago to pursue a career in Construction.

He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and is currently employed as the Head of Development at Hendre Limited. Cadwgan has worked in the social housing sector since 1996 and has overseen the development of several refurbishment, newbuild housing and care home projects in the South East Wales Region. He hopes that his skills and knowledge gained over the years will assist Tai Ceredigion in achieving their goals in delivering new and exciting projects for the people and communities of the County.’

‘I am passionate about the social housing sector, and am excited to be part of Tai Ceredigion, an organisation which is committed to making a difference to the people of Ceredigion’’

John Jenkins


John Jenkins is a Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience, and an in-depth knowledge of finance having worked in the City of London for many years. He currently works as a self-employed business consultant.


Originally from Pembrokeshire, he has lived in Llanfarian, near Aberystwyth, for more than 15 years. He is a governor of the local school and a director of a Community Interest Company.


“Tai Ceredigion is important to the people and economy of the county, and I feel that it should reflect the values and priorities of the local community”.



Karen Oliver (Co-optee)


Karen is a solicitor and has over fifteen years’ experience of working in the Social Housing Sector. She was Director of Governance and Legal Services with Grŵp Gwalia until 2014 and previously worked for a local authority and in private practice. 

She is self-employed now and offers governance, policy and project support to housing associations, charities and third sector organisations.


She is a volunteer with the Multiple Sclerosis Society Cymru.

She is committed to ensuring the availability of good affordable housing within sustainable communities and understands the importance of involving and listening to tenants to help shape services.


She is a keen and continuing Welsh learner.


Stephen Cripps (Co-optee)


Stephen is a retired local government Chief Officer with a great deal of housing management experience. With over 30 years working in local government in England, Stephen’s experience included responsibility for Housing, Technical Services, Environmental Services, ITC and Leisure. He was also very involved in a number of partnerships working with organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

He is also an independent member of Ceredigion County Council’s Ethics and Standards Committee.

Stephen is keen to contribute to the community in which he lives, and wants to ensure people have the best quality of life possible. Decent housing is essential for good health, it supports education and employment, and helps build a strong local community. Tai Ceredigion is here to provide that good quality housing, and a range of other related services. It is also able to play a role as a key partner working with other agencies throughout the County and beyond.

Stephen wants to see Tai Ceredigion continue to develop and grow so that the benefits it brings to the County, to local people, and to the local economy continue to increase, and so that it is well-placed to meet the needs of the future as well as those of today. Continuing to develop partnership working will be a key part of achieving that aim.

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