The ACE Board of Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do.  The board meet monthly to discuss the development, delivery and finances of the organisation.  With a mix of skills, expertise and experience the board provide a firm structure to enable ACE to succeed in its charitable purpose.

Tracy Cazenave
Tracy has lived in Ely all her life, and knows a lot of people! She is a familiar face at Our Place Dusty Forge and she helped set up the Getaway wellbeing group. She is trained in mental health first aid. She is knowledgeable about local issues and is keen to influence local service delivery.
Marian Dixey
Marian lives in Fairwater. She has worked for the NHS for over 30 years. She started volunteering on a Good Neighbours scheme and is now involved in her local PACT group and sits on the Timeplace steering committee. She is committed to supporting a multi-agency response to local issues.
Martin Hulland
Martin is the head teacher at our new Cardiff West Community High School. He has been working hard to engage the local community as he seeks to work collaboratively to create a world class educational establishment. He has been teaching since 1994 and a Senior Leader since 2003.
Helen McCarthy
Helen lives in Ely and her parents are from Ely. She and her husband set up a successful haulage company where she has been a company director and office manager. She has also been active on school governing bodies and Parent Teacher Associations. She volunteers on ACE’s CAER Heritage project and sits on the project’s management committee.
Carl Meredith
Carl grew up in Caerau and attended Glyn Derw High School. He trained as a carpenter and went on to establish a successful construction firm, delivering contracts for (amongst others) Cardiff Rugby Club, Glamorgan Cricket Club, Cardiff City Council and a number of private sector companies. He brings skills in building design and management.
Jean O’Keefe
Jean attended Windsor Clive Primary School and has lived in Ely and Caerau since she the age of 3. She has volunteered on a number of local projects including: Ely Grapevine, Ely Festival, Ely Wheelies cycling group, and summer play groups at Western Leisure Centre. She acts as the vicar’s warden at St David’s Church, Caerau. She is a member of the Timeplace Steering Committee and a strong advocate of co-production principles.
Anne O’Regan
Vice Chair
Anne lives in Caerau. She worked for 32 years in the NHS in both community and hospital environments. She was also an equalities officer for Unison and is passionate about equalities issues. She brings expertise in Human Resource management.

Gareth Pierce
Gareth manages the Ely & Caerau Community Hub on Cowbridge Road West. He has seven years’ experience as an operational manager for Cardiff Council and eight years’ experience working in Cardiff West. He has extensive knowledge of housing and benefits issues, and issues relating to welfare reform. He is experienced in staff management.
Mel Witherden
Mel is a retired community development consultant with 40 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. He has worked as an advisor and volunteer with ACE since 2012. His work in Wales has included establishing development trusts and supporting Communities First projects. He is the author of books on developing social enterprises and running charities.
Gloria Yates
Gloria has lived in Ely all her life, and has brought up her 6 children here. She has volunteered on a number of projects here over the years. Having helped establish the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise older people’s project in Ely over 27 years ago, she has only just retired as the project’s co-ordinator. She has extensive knowledge related to our local community and strong local networks.
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