Board of Management

Hugh Irwin


Hugh is the Managing Director of HICO, a Wales based consultancy that provides a wide range of practical help, advice and support options primarily to public sector and not for profit organisations including the NHS, Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Care & Support Providers and charities ( He is a registered social worker and executive coach and has a long history of supporting organisations and sectors to develop innovative strategies and approaches that tackle inequalities across a broad spectrum of topics from homelessness to access to social care and health inequalities.

He brings with him a broad understanding of the public policy agenda with a focus on housing and social care; experience of helping leaders navigate complex systems through the lens of their citizens; and connecting people, organisations and agendas across the public and third sector services.

Amie Chapman

Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, ACCA Member and Level 5 Leadership and Management

Amie is a qualified accountant who has worked in financial roles for over 14 years - including seven years in social housing. Amie currently works as a Senior Management Accountant for Tai Calon Community Housing, where she’s responsible for assets and housing. Amie can be relied on to get the job done and deliver great results. She provides the financial data, support and reporting needed to help with important business decisions. She loves a challenge and is passionate about continuous improvement and delivering value for money.

John Morgan

John is a retired NHS Chief Executive and a former Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist. He has proven leadership and strategic planning skills and is also an experienced executive coach.

Shone Hughes

Shone is the Chief of Staff for the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and works across South Wales. He has broad career experience, having worked for UK-wide companies including NatWest and ITV, and for various public sector organisations such as the Legal Services Commission and BNFL (Magnox). He’s highly experienced in communications and excels at driving and shaping change in organisations and getting everyone involved and interested. We also value his ability to build and grow partnerships. Shone’s first language is Welsh. He was born on Anglesey, and now spends his time between Carmarthenshire and Cardiff.

Bill Walden-Jones

Bill has worked in the charity sector throughout his career. He’s had roles in the Citizens Advice Bureau, NACRO, and for 11 years until 2014 he was Chief Executive of Welsh mental health charity Hafal, where he still works part-time as a senior consultant. Bill is also a trustee of Bipolar UK. In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for services to mental health service users and carers.

Stacey Anastasi

Chair of Governance & Risk Committee

BSC; Hons Housing Policy and Practice; CMCIH

Stacey has worked in housing for 12 years, specialising in housing management, welfare reform and strategic housing positions. Stacey has a real passion for ensuring that everyone lives in a safe and secure home and has opportunities to learn, develop and better themselves. Stacey currently works for Cadwyn Housing Association as the Housing Manager, and previously worked for First Choice Housing and Cardiff Council. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Housing Policy and Practice.

Gareth Clubb

During his career, Gareth’s commitment to social justice has seen him work in international development, environment and politics. Working to bring about change from grassroots level through to policy level, he has extensive experience of leadership, transforming organisations, communication, and policy.

Gareth is a former Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru and Chief Executive of Plaid Cymru. He now leads on climate change action for Bridgend County Borough Council.

Jamie Edwards

Jamie is a highly experienced Company Director and Prince2 qualified Project Manager who runs a specialist bid writing consultancy and a civil engineering business specialising in road maintenance. Jamie has over 25 years’ experience in helping organisations successfully tender for over £100 million of contracts in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

In that time, Jamie has worked closely with the likes of Welsh Government, local authorities in Wales, NHS Wales and a broad range of clients including Cardiff Metropolitan University, CBRE, Siemens, Pembrokeshire College, Proactis and many more. Jamie is a highly experienced business strategist who has helped shape the competitive offering of many organisations in Wales, the UK and overseas.

Christian Davies

Christian is a commercial solicitor with over 16 years’ experience. He currently works as a Senior Legal Counsel for a leading publically listed consulting, transformation and digital services business. Christian previously worked for Blake Morgan in Cardiff, where his clients included Welsh Government, Health Boards, NWIS, charities, social landlords and universities.

Alan Brayley VR DL

Alan is a successful entrepreneur who have won numerous business awards and is recognised for his personal achievements. He has been running his business for over 30 years, starting with manufacturing hermetically sealed double glazed glass units to manufacturing and installing commercial and domestic aluminium windows, doors, curtain walling, and other related products and services – building it into a multi-million pound turnover business.

Alan was appointed Chair of the Swansea West Business Park forum, and whilst President of the Swansea Bay Business Club, he was instrumental in its growth to becoming the largest networking Business Club in the region, where he remains as a board member.

He is also very active in Swansea’s education sector, from being Chair and Governor to a local primary and secondary school, respectively, to receiving an affiliate status from Swansea University.

Alan is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Glamorgan and is a High Sheriff in Nomination for 2024/2025. He is a veteran reservist having served 20 years as an infantry soldier and spends much of his time supporting other veterans and raising money for ABF The Soldiers Charity.

Suki Collins

Suki is a Global 500 Influential Leader, an award-winning Business Coach and an accredited Executive Coach.

As the founder and director of Pebbles Systemic Coaching, Suki draws on and leverages over 20 years’ experience of Senior Human Resources management roles within higher education organisations primarily in the Medical Schools and Finance sectors, including supporting a medical school’s growth income from £7M to £28M over 10 years.

She has worked as a coach since 1997. She is a specialist on Human Resources, Management Development and Organisational Change. The focus of her Systemic Coaching work is to support individuals, teams and organisations to achieve their full potential. Suki enjoys working with CEOs, Senior Management and leaders in STEMM and has seen the ROI of the positive impact that Systemic Coaching makes at all levels.

Suki still works for the University on a part-time basis as a Staff Engagement Officer/Executive Coach, a role created to provide support amidst major transformational change, including increased student numbers and leadership change.

Deb Barrow

Deb is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and runs her own HR Consultancy based in Carmarthenshire. With a career spanning public, private, and charity sectors she has written and implemented Equality Schemes for West Mercia Police and Probation Services along with leading on domestic abuse, community engagement and employability projects. She continues with lecturing undergraduates and mentoring young entrepreneurs within the Swansea University and business communities.