Our Board Members embed outstanding governance, leadership and innovation in a well established and successful housing association. To see why each of our members love to work with Family Housing click on their individiual profile image.

Jackie Royall - Chair

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 Family 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.

Max Humber

Max Humber has lived in Swansea since 1998 and 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. More recently he as been CEO of two private equity-owned manufacturing businesses and is able to focus on both operational and strategic objectives. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and an Engineering degree from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He is married and has 3 sons.

Chris Foxall

Christopher is currently a private investor based in Swansea. He has been involved in the Global Financial Securities business for over 17 years. He has managed global trading businesses in London and Wall Street for some of the world’s leading investment banks. Christopher has many years of experience with not-for-profit companies and was recently Chairperson of a charitable organisation focused on people with learning disabilities.

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.

Martin Ridgeway

Martin has over 25 years in Housing, working in partnership with local RSL’s, local authorities, Welsh Government and private developers. He has extensive knowledge of Housing and Property market across the Swansea Bay City Region. 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.

Donna Jones

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

Keith Bowen

Keith is a qualified social worker with over 30 years’ experience. Currently working for Cardiff Children’s Services, he has been a senior manager working in the voluntary and statutory sector across health, social care and education. Involved in policy and campaigning at a Wales and UK level, he previously led the Homes Fit For Children campaign in Wales and published work with Shelter Cymru on the housing needs of disabled children and young people.

Steffan Phillips

Steffan owns a Healthcare Service Design Consultancy and has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare-related industry. He is a former 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. He is very keen on community development, reducing social isolation and promoting health and wellbeing. Steffan is very active in the voluntary sector, in particular working within the friends of parks and gardens community.

Mike Santon

Mike has worked in Housing and Construction for in excess of 30 years, across England and South Wales and “retired” from full time employment in September 2019. Throughout his career Mike has been fortunate to be able to make a positive contribution to the built and wider social environment whilst supporting more sustainable communities through local employment, training, volunteering and community investment. Mike is passionate about tackling inequalities and adding value within his sphere of influence. Currently Mike is a Member of South Glamorgan Community Health Council and a Board Member in the Housing Sector in South Wales.

Ben Wheeler - Co-opted

A digital specialist, Ben has lived in Swansea since 2003 and has a successful entrepreneurial career working with local businesses on their use of technology and marketing. Ben won an Institute of Directors, Director of the year award in 2014 and is also studying for a doctoral qualification in his spare time. He has previously volunteered on the board of the Dylan Thomas Theatre, and chaired a local Community Council.

Hamish Munro – Co-opted

A regeneration and development specialist, Hamish was recently the Director of Development Consultancy at TC Consult and the former Head of Regeneration at Newport Unlimited and has delivered regeneration projects for the Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Government, over a career spanning three decades.

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.

David Evans

David is a law graduate and chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience of working as a senior finance professional in both private and 3rd sector organisations. David is  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 2 children, and taking his golden retriever Ollie on long walks!