Cardiff City FC Foundation Trustees are responsible for the direction and governance of the Foundation, and for guiding the activities of the senior management team led by the Foundation Director.
The current Board of Trustees is made up of people from all walks of life and bring to the table a wealth of professional experience. Trustees bring both broad business backgrounds, and specialist skills and knowledge in key functional areas such as finance and marketing. In all cases, Trustees offer their experience pro bono, lending the Foundation the benefit of their expertise as a volunteer.
Chair of Board
Tony is passionate and skilled in bringing people together to design, deliver and measure programmes and collaborations that seek to strengthen the tools available for everyone to tackle social inequalities all around us.
Tony is particularly skilled in identifying new opportunities with governments, philanthropists, corporates, business leaders and funders to test new ways of working with the freedom to fail, take risks and share learning.
Tony is the Strategic Advisor at Office of Micheal Sheen as well as:
Consultant for the Royal Society of Public Health
Trustee at Vi-Ability
Ambassador at Llamau UK
Steve is a Director at Cardiff City FC and has a long association with the football club. Steve joined the Foundation Board of Trustees in August 2016.
Managing Director at CMB Engineering Limited, Steve is also:
Governor at Eastern High School,
Trustee of Llanrumney Hall.
Head of Housing Services – Cadwyn Housing Association
Richard is employed as Head of Housing Services at Cadwyn Housing Association. Cadwyn is a Cardiff based not for profit housing association. It provides affordable homes in the social housing sector. Richard is responsible for managing all the operations services for Cadwyn’s core housing stock including: Customer services, RentLettings, Employment & Training,Neighbourhood and estate management & Housing cooperatives.
Richard has been a Trustee since August 2016 and he is particularly interested in the services the Foundation delivers around equalities and diversity.
Outside work he enjoys long distance running and watching Merthyr Town FC.
Melanie is Director of the Cardiff Business Club.
She is a senior partner and co-founder of Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice ltd, established in 1996 as the first niche family law firm in Wales. She deals with all aspects of family law, with particular expertise in big-money divorces and separations (often acting for high-profile and celebrity clients).
Melanie was educated at Aberdare Girls Grammar School and then Aberystwyth University. Her law career started in Eversheds, Cardiff, where she qualified as a solicitor in 1989.
She is a co-founder of South Wales Ladies Business Club. Melanie has lived in Cardiff since 1987 and is married with two children.
Leighton Andrews is Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation at Cardiff Business School.
Formerly Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Public Services in Carwyn Jones’s Welsh Labour Governments from 2009-16, and Assembly Member for the Rhondda from 2003-16.
Prior to his election to the National Assembly in 2003, Leighton had had a successful career in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He was the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs in London from 1993-1996 during its Charter Renewal campaign He ran a number of businesses in the public relations field and set up his own business after leaving the BBC.
After training as a systems analyst, Dave started his first business at the age of 25 with £13,000 he borrowed against his home. It was the start of an entrepreneurial journey, that has seen him launch, grow or sell more than 20 businesses. He still retains controlling interest in seven of them in sectors that cover printing, marketing, software, app development, property and consulting.
His latest venture is a revolutionary mastermind group process for small to medium business owners that will launch in both the UK and US.
A visionary and strategist, Dave enjoys starting, and working with others to start, new ventures from the ground up then handing them over to management teams to run day to day because they’re usually better at doing it (his words!)
Having learned many lessons along the way, both good and bad, Dave started looking for ways to help other business owners and in 2012 qualified as an IFC coach which then led to becoming certified in the US by the John Maxwell Team.
Dave’s been with the Foundation for almost two years and in 2014 became one of the founders of GlobalWelsh, a charitable initiative created to connect the Welsh diaspora who are spread all over the world.
Shikala has extensive experience of working as a senior HR and L&D professional in organisational development, human resources and change management, which she has gained at strategic and operational level including joint-venture activities.
She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Shikala has worked in both the Public and Private Sector including FTSE 100 blue-chip organisations. Shikala’s expertise includes strategic planning and management of re-engineering business processes through major organisational restructuring, project management and problem solving. She currently works in NHS Wales.
In 2016, Shikala was ‘Highly Commended’ by the Healthcare People Management Association in Wales for Excellent Organisation Development – Restructuring the Nursing Team.
Shikala has attended Harvard Business School, where she studied Value Measurement in Healthcare.
Shikala joined the Cardiff City FC Foundation in February 2016 and is Chair of the Programmes & Partnership Advisory Committee. Shikala’s passion is in encouraging people to celebrate their uniqueness and to be courageous in stepping out and having adventures.
Shikala is also a Vice Chair of Governors in Fitzalan High School in Cardiff and on Board of Governors for Lansdowne Primary School. She enjoys organising events to raise funds for charities and organising and speaking and teaching at retreats and conferences for women.
Chief Executive Officer at Cardiff City Football Club. Ken has been a member of the board since August, 2016.