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CHC spokespeople are experts in the field of housing and can speak on a wide range of issues.


Group Chief Executive: Stuart Ropke

Stuart was appointed as Group Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru in October 2014. Previously Assistant Director of Policy and Research at the National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations in England, he was responsible for leading the Federation’s Policy and Research function, and for shaping the Federation’s futures and thought leadership work.

He is the co-author of the Federation’s think piece “Facing the Future: Evolution or Revolution” which argued for creative ways to finance affordable housing. In 2014, Stuart joined the board at The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC), an independent not for profit organisation which makes loans to regulated housing associations across the UK before resigning on his appointment at CHC.

Prior to joining the National Housing Federation, Stuart worked for the local authority in both Swansea and Cardiff and a Southern Housing Group in London across roles in housing management, supported housing and policy and strategy. 

Director of Central Services: Phillipa Knowles.

Phillipa is Director of Central Services for the Community Housing Cymru Group, where she has worked since 1999. Phillipa is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She was educated at Plymouth University where she gained a degree in Business Studies and a post graduate diploma in Marketing at Swansea Institute.  Phillipa has represented Wales and Great Britain at judo and has completed the London marathon three times. 


We can also put you in touch with housing professionals from within our membership, who work to improve communities and increase the supply of affordable housing on a daily basis.