Our Executive Management Team

Our Executive Management team provide strategic direction and strong leadership, enabling our people to make a positive difference.

We strive to ensure that we are a creative and sustainable business, which adds real social value in the areas which we operate.

Luke Takeuchi

Chief Executive

Luke has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years within local authorities and housing association’s in both England and Wales. He qualified with an MSc in Housing from Cardiff University and started his career as a trainee housing manager. He is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Following several years working for local authorities in Wales, Luke moved to England to work for Places for People Group, one of the largest social housing landlords in the UK. Luke was responsible for large multi functional teams and led on regeneration projects and operations in the South West and North West of England whilst working as the Regional Manager.

In 2014 Luke returned to live in and work in Wales and begin his new role as Director of Housing Services with Rhondda Housing Association. Following 4 years in this post Luke took up the role of Chief Executive at RHA in 2018 where he has overseen a significant period of change. During this time Luke has also held non executive roles as Chair of the Regional Partnership Board for Cwm Taf Morgannwg and is currently Board member of Business in the Community Cymru.

Jen Ellis

Director of Homes & Communities

Jen is an experienced housing professional and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years, with the majority of her time spent in local government before taking up her role at RHA in 2019. Over the course of her career in housing Jen has been responsible for managing leasehold services, commissioning new affordable housing, managing private sector housing standards and grants services, leading on housing led regeneration projects , and providing the strategic direction and policy framework for all housing services in RCT including housing allocations.


As Director of Homes, Jen provides us with a clear strategic direction and effective leadership for all our housing and maintenance services and is focused on delivering high quality services for our tenants and maintaining our homes to the highest standards.


Sara Foster

Director of Resources

Sara is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, she qualified at PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently worked in both the public sector and in housing.  More recently Sara was Director of Finance at Bridgend College, this included responsibility for funding, finance and procurement. Sara’s work involved setting up a subsidiary company to grow commercial training activities, transforming the finance team to improve performance and customer service and leading on a systems review and implementation for Finance, HR-Payroll and Student data systems, improving reporting and real-time data and management information across the organisation.

Rhianydd Jenkins

Director of Development and Regeneration

Rhianydd is an experienced and trusted construction and property professional with over 15 years of hands on experience working in development particularly delivery of affordable housing and mixed use developments.

Prior to her appointment, Rhianydd has built a career within the RSL in South Wales.

Rhianydd brings a huge amount of experience and innovation to the role.  She is responsible for our new build development programme, our commercial portfolio and for shaping our town centre regeneration plans to ensure our strategic plans benefit the community as a whole.

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