• Sean Anstee

    Sean Anstee

    Leader, Trafford Council and , Board Member, National Housing Federation

    Councillor Sean Anstee is the Leader of Trafford Council, Greater Manchester. In addition, he is the Trafford representative and a Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, holding the lead portfolio for Skills, Employment and Worklessness. Sean is a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association, the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government. He is a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and the Manchester Growth Company, and Vice Chairman of the North West Regional Leaders Board.

  • Julian Ashby

    Chair of Regulation Committee, HCA

  • Kate Barker CBE

    Kate Barker CBE


    Kate Barker is a business economist. At present she has a plural career, including as a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc and the Yorkshire Building Society. She was appointed as chairman of trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Fund in 2014 and is a non-executive board member at the Office for Budget Responsibility. Kate was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply – published in 2004, and on land use planning, published in 2006.  In 2014, she published a short book: ‘Housing: Where’s the Plan?’

  • Jennifer Bennett

    Jennifer Bennett

    Partner, Capsticks

    Jennifer Bennett is a partner specialising in property, asset management, governance and regulatory work for housing providers across England and Wales. She has worked in the sector for over 30 years and was involved in the development of the early low cost ownership schemes, providing support and advice to housing associations in the development of sites and sales of shared ownership leases to a new client base. Jennifer worked closely with the development team and with retail lenders, who for the first time were providing funds to home owners with a new form of security. In recent years, Jennifer has established an Asset Management team, comprised of specialist lawyers who provide contentious and non-contentious advice across the whole range of housing providers' stock. Typically, the work may involve advice on strategic disposals of stock through to LVT applications. She particularly specialises in residential leasehold work and has advised many housing providers on procurement related issues, consultation and remedies available in the event of leaseholder default.

  • Helen Bevan

    Helen Bevan

    Chief Transformation Officer, NHS England

    Helen has been a leader of large scale change in the English National Health Service for more than 20 years. She has been at the forefront of many NHS improvement initiatives which have made a difference for thousands of patients ever since. Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large scale change and for her ability to translate it into practical action and deliver tangible outcomes. She provides advice, guidance and training on transformational change to leaders of health and care systems across the world, and has been recognised as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS. Helen leads a small team of change experts, and is currently setting up the Horizons Community Interest Company to offer cutting edge transformational expertise to the health and care sector, both in the UK and abroad.

  • Shruti Bhargava

    Shruti Bhargava

    Chair, Unity Homes and Enterprise

    Shruti is an independent consultant specialising in strategy, leadership and change, and has been Chair of Unity Homes & Enterprise since January 2015. She began her career as an operational researcher in the steel industry, and has had a diverse career which has spanned sectors and roles since then. Her journey has included being a management consultant in Cap Gemini, a VFM specialist at the Audit Commission, leading on Best Value transformation reviews at Sheffield City Council, and working as a facilitator with community groups. Within housing, she has worked with tenants groups, led on Sheffield Homes’ first two successful inspections, was a board director at Sheffield Homes, and a trustee of a BME domestic abuse charity. She has strengths in visioning, making sense of complex problems, and has particular interests in public policy creation and delivery. Shruti is especially passionate about addressing issues of equality, diversity, and cohesion in our society. 

  • Sallie Bridgen

    Sallie Bridgen

    Joint Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network

    Sallie was appointed joint chief executive of Housing Diversity Network in May 2016. With over 25 years' experience in social and supported housing, Sallie is committed to social justice, sustainability and the role housing can play in tackling inequality and helping people improve the quality of their lives and achieve their aspirations. As well as the HDN role, Sallie also works with social enterprises, housing associations, and public health on a variety of projects. She is also a board member at Progress Housing Group, and Together Dementia Support a not-for-profit Community Interest Company offering support and therapeutic activities for people living with dementia, their carers and supporters in Manchester. Previously Sallie worked with the National Housing Federation in the North West, where she led the representation and lobbying on behalf of the region’s 150 housing association members and their tenants. Prior to that Sallie led Shelter’s services in the North West, developing and delivering services to support homeless people and campaigning for an end to homelessness.

  • Stephen Bull

    Stephen Bull

    Senior Consultant, Campbell Tickell

  • Duncan Cadbury

    Duncan Cadbury

    Chairman of Trustees, Bournville Village Trust

    Duncan retired from the post of head of training for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation in 2003, having previously held senior posts in social services departments. He chairs three committees, the main Board of Trustees, the Governance Review Committee and Estate Management & Scheme Committee. He also serves on the Development Committee and the Finance, Audit and General Purposes Committee.

  • Steve Cole

    Steve Cole

    Programme Director, London First

    Steve Cole has over a decade’s experience in the public, private and voluntary sector and has worked for organisations ranging from National Housing Federation, Department of Work and Pensions, NCVO Consulting, National Union of Students, SKY, The Landscape Institute, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. His expertise lies in four main areas: strategy and organisational development, strategic communications and membership, climate change, and housing policy. He has managed a number of award winning campaigns including I want to be a landscape architect and Neighbourhoods Green, and is a non executive director of Energiesprong UK.

  • Bernadette Convoy

    Chair, Network Homes

  • Professor Tony Crook CBE

    Professor Tony Crook CBE

    Group Board Deputy Chair, Orbit

    Tony Crook is former senior pro-vice chancellor of The University of Sheffield and emeritus professor of town & regional planning. He is deputy chair of the Orbit Housing Group; a member of the RTPI Trustee Board, chairing its Education Committee; chairs the review of governance in Rotherham; and is on the Housing Commission for Northern England. Recent former non executive roles include: Shelter chair; Coalfields Regeneration Trust trustee; Academy of Social Sciences council member; Sheffield Homes chair; and a Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission member. His current research includes private renting and planning obligations. His latest books are ‘Private rental housing: comparative perspective’ (Edward Elgar) and ‘Planning Gain: providing infrastructure and affordable housing’ (Wiley Blackwell), winner of 2016 RTPI Research Excellence Award. In 2004 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to housing.

  • Ruth Davison

    Ruth Davison

    Director of Policy and External Affairs, National Housing Federation

    Ruth started her career as a newspaper journalist, before defecting to the world of PR. She has since worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors across education, local government, health, and housing. Her roles have largely been in strategy and communications. Now the National Housing Federation’s director of policy and external affairs, her team leads the Federation’s work on behalf of housing associations and the people they serve across policy and research, member relations i.e. external affairs and campaigns and communications.

  • Tony Davison

    Tony Davison

    Chair, Great Places Housing Group

    Tony has a wealth of business experience with more than 20 years at Bostik spending six years as the MD. He is also a councillor on Crewe Town Council, a non-executive director of Manchester Metropolitan University, and a director at non-league football club Nantwich Town.

  • James Green

    Head of External Affairs, National Housing Federation

    James Green is head of external affairs at the National Housing Federation and is responsible for the Federation’s work influencing politicians at both a local and national level. James has a ten year track record in public affairs. He has worked for a number of MPs, lobbied politicians on a range of issues and led a number of campaigns, including Homes for Britain.

  • Jill Haley

    Jill Haley

    Chief Executive, Byker Community Trust

    Jill was appointed as chief executive in March 2012 and before the formation of the organisation in July 2012. Prior to this she spent 12 years working for Gentoo and a total of 14 years Sunderland City Council, Jill has also worked in the private sector for Halifax Property Services where she played a key influence in the development of their national property management company. She is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and chair of the CIH NE Regional Board 2012-2016. Previous to that Jill also held the vice chair role at the North East Chamber of Commerce.

  • Dr Christopher Handy OBE

    Dr Christopher Handy OBE

    Chair, Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group and Chief Executive, Accord Group

    Christopher received an OBE in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours, and in 2010 was made a Professor of Governance by Birmingham City University’s Business School. He has been Chief Executive of Accord and its precursors for over 20 years, previously working in other housing organisations and local government. Chris is a published author with titles including ‘Housing Associations: The Law of Social Landlords’ (written jointly with Professor John Alder) and ‘Discrimination in Housing’. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Housing Law. Chris is a Non-Executive Director of the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the NHS Strategic Health Authority for Midlands and East of England. He was appointed to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board in 2012 and leads on enterprise and the green growth agendas for the region. Chris is also a Board member of Placeshapers. In addition, he is Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group and was Executive Commissioner of the Commission for Co-Operative and Mutual Housing.

  • Joey Jones

    Chair, Weber Shandwick

  • Mervyn Jones

    Mervyn Jones

    Board Member, National Housing Federation

    Mervyn joined Yorkshire Housing as chief executive in 2008. Yorkshire Housing owns and manages over 18,000 homes and employs 830 people. He has been involved with the housing sector for over 30 years. He was previously chief executive at Willow Park, a major urban stock transfer organisation in Manchester, and has worked at housing organisations in London, the North West and Yorkshire. Mervyn is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and a board member at the National Housing Federation and Plus Dane Group

  • Kathleen Kelly

    Kathleen Kelly

    Assistant Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation

    Kathleen’s responsibilities include leading on the identification of key issues of concern and significance to housing associations, working closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop knowledge and understanding. She provides a modern research and information capability which enables forward thinking and scenario planning. Prior to joining the Federation she led Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s strategic housing research programmes.

  • Mushtaq Khan

    Director, New Charter Group

  • Peter Lakey

    Peter Lakey

    Chair, Flagship Group

    Peter has been Flagship's chair since 2010. He's also chaired a small specialist HA and  care and educational charities. He's been a NED in the housing sector for over 20 years. Peter started his first business, in music promotion, as a student and has been a serial entrepreneur since - owning retail fashion and gift chains and a business agency group.

  • Anne McLoughlin

    Anne McLoughlin

    Chair, Innisfree

    Anne's early working life began as a welfare and benefit rights case worker, eventually running a Law Centre and later Oxford CAB. She gained a reputation for efficient services as a supported housing area manager, empowering young people leaving care, recovering drug and alcohol users and Asian Women fleeing domestic violence. Operations Director at Hastoe Housing Association, the leading rural housing provider, since 2005, she has spoken at a national level about the effects of fuel poverty on the rural poor and the settlement needs of Gypsies and Travellers. Anne is a Board member of the Refugee Council.

  • Steve Moseley

    Steve Moseley

    Assistant Director of Strategy & Communications, L&Q

    Steve has 20 years' experience in the housing sector across a variety of business areas. He currently heads up the corporate research and strategy, communications and homeownership functions at L&Q. This includes responsibility for directing L&Q’s strategic planning process and research programme; as well as leading on market analysis and new product development for L&Q’s core customer groups. He is the L&Q strategic lead for delivery of the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot in London. 

  • David Orr

    David Orr

    Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

    David is former president of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, has chaired the mobility taskforce, and also sits on the board of The Housing Finance Corporation. He was a member of the Social Investment Task Force and is one of the founding directors of My Home Finance, a social enterprise set up by the Federation to provide a new high street service offering affordable loans, money advice, bank accounts and linked savings accounts. Previously, David has been chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust.

  • Turlogh O’Brien

    Turlogh O’Brien

    Chair of Governing Board, CIH

    Turlogh, is chair of the L&Q Group board and also sits on the council of the University of Southampton. He was previously chair of the Construction Industry Council, and has a wealth of experience across the industry.

  • James Prestwich

    Head of Policy, National Housing Federation

  • Rebecca Shrubsole

    Deputy Director, Communities and Local Government

  • Paul Smith

    Chair, Pierhead Housing Association

  • Alistair Smyth

    Head of Policy, National Housing Federation

    Alistair works across a number of policy areas including health, care and support, supply and research. He has been leading the Federation’s work on funding supported housing. Prior to this role he was the external affairs manager for the South East region. Before joining the Federation Alistair worked for 10 years across social housing, consultancy and social enterprise. As a consultant he worked with councils, housing associations and tenants on governance, scrutiny, stock transfer and regeneration. He spent three years at Peabody working in housing management, and started his career working for a small social enterprise focussed on education and community leadership.


  • Mark Stevenson

    Entrepreneur, Author and Broadcaster

    Mark Stevenson is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends – helping you see where the world is going – and how to adapt. He is the author of the internationally best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future. Stevenson has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is the ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter. His many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, Civilised Bank, Atlas of the Future and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

  • Lord Ben Stoneham

    Lord Ben Stoneham

    Chair, Housing 21

    Lord Ben Stoneham is currently the Liberal Democrats' spokesperson on Business, Innovation and Skills. He has spent much of his career in the newspaper industry, working on both regional and national newspapers as an operation manager and PLC director. Lord Stoneham brings a broad range of experience to Housing & Care 21, having been chair of two other housing associations, as well as having worked on the Portsmouth Harbour Renaissance project. 

  • Frances Street

    Frances Street

    Chair, Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust

    Frances was elected Chair of the Board of the Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust in August 2013 and has many years of leadership and service in senior public roles. She is Chair of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, Deputy Chair of North West Cancer Research, a Governor of Birkenhead 6th Form College and was previously a magistrate, Chair of Wirral NHS, a member of Merseyside Police Authority, Chair of Wirral Primary Care Trust, Birkenhead and Wallasey Primary Care Trust and Interim Chair of NHS Sefton. Frances started her career in the city of London as a Sterling broker. In 2013 Frances became a Public Appointments Ambassador appointed by the Government Equalities and Cabinet Offices to encourage more people from different backgrounds with skills to apply for public appointments. She is also currently a director of a food manufacturing company based on the Wirral.

  • Anne Turner

    Group Board Member, Network and asra Housing

    Over twenty years experience of senior positions in large housing association groups, and a firsthand working knowledge of the sector and the issues it faces in seeking to deliver good quality homes for residents with limited choices and opportunities.

  • Baroness Diana Warwick

    Chair, National Housing Federation

  • Mark Washer

    Vice Chair of the Board, National Housing Federation

    Mark Washer is Group Finance Director and a board member of Affinity Sutton Group, one of the largest housing groups in England with over 57,000 homes.