Lord Richard Best
Lord Best is a past chief executive of the National Housing Federation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He was President of the Local Government Association for nine years, Chair of Hanover Housing Association and of The Property Ombudsman for eight years. He is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People and of the Centre for Social Justice’s housing commission. Richard has successfully piloted four Private Members Bills through the House of Lords, the last being the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Claire is Executive Director at the JRF. Claire has strategic oversight of JRF's policy and research, analysis and communications. She is responsible for driving forward JRF’s strategy to inspire action to solve UK poverty. Claire joined JRF in November 2013 as Director of Communications and External Affairs. She was appointed JRF Executive Director in December 2017. She leads work on understanding the social and political attitudes of people in poverty, and chaired the task group of JRF’s strategy to solve UK poverty. Prior to joining JRF in November 2013, Claire worked in public affairs and communications in the public and voluntary sectors, and for the UK's largest trade union. Claire has a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London. She is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. Her book, ‘The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes’, was published in May 2018 by Policy Press.
Sinéad Butters MBE
Sinéad has been Aspire Housing’s Group Chief Executive since 2006 and under her leadership Aspire has grown substantially; expanding by acquiring Staffordshire’s largest apprenticeship provider PM Training, and last year received a Queens Award for Enterprise, a first for housing. In 2015 Sinéad became Chair of national housing network PlaceShapers and in 2016 was awarded an MBE for her services to housing. This summer Sinéad was granted honorary doctorates from two Staffordshire universities for her work supporting communities and promoting opportunities for young people. Recognised as a Top 6 ‘24Housing Power Player’, Sinéad is driven to deliver excellence.
British Property Federation
Ian Fletcher is Director of Policy (Real Estate) at the British Property Federation (BPF) – the trade association for the property investment sector. Ian speaks for the sector and his team covers a wide range of housing, commercial property, planning and sustainability issues. He was a member of the Government’s Montague Review Group, which examined how to encourage greater institutional investment in rented housing, and is a long term champion of the nascent Build-to-Rent sector. He has also recently helped Government review the case for making client money protection compulsory for letting agents. Away from the BPF, Ian has recently stepped down from chairing the committee of management which regulates the quality of private student accommodation in the UK. Ian was formerly Head of Policy and Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce. He has also worked in banking and teaching, and holds professional qualifications in finance and market research, and is an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management.
Professor Kenneth Gibb
University of Glasgow
Kenneth Gibb FAcSS CMCIH is a professor of housing economics in Urban Studies (School of Social and Political Sciences) at the University of Glasgow where he directs the new ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Ken is an applied economist researching the economics, policy and financial dimensions of housing, locally, nationally and comparatively. Recent work includes a project for the European Housing Partnership, international knowledge exchange through the Shaping Housing Futures programme, as well as contributing to work on affordable supply for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Ken is an associate editor of Housing, Theory and Society. He was founding director of Policy Scotland and a co-director of What Works Scotland. Ken is finance director and a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation and chairs Sanctuary Scotland housing association. He is a member of the Scottish joint housing policy and delivery group and Inside Housing named him in 2017 as one of their leaders of Scottish housing.
Robert heads the Housing Division of Savills which he started in 1989. The Division provides a wide range of complementary property, financial and management consultancy services across the housing, student and residential investment sectors. He sits on the Savills UK Board. He pioneered the loan security valuation techniques for Voluntary Transfers of local authority housing. He also conceived the RICS basis of valuation, Existing Use Value: Social Housing (EUV:SH) which has gone on to become the principal basis of valuation for loan security valuations of housing association assets. His current interests include; helping housing organisations to understand more about their property assets, improve decision making and increase the delivery of better housing; and looking at how we can increase housing supply at a time of constrained funding. He is also involved in a number of significant transactions involving housing portfolios. Robert is a member of the CIH Governing Board and is consulted by industry organisations including RICS, DCLG, NHF, CML and HCA. He frequently speaks at housing sector conferences.
Lindsay joined the Resolution Foundation in February 2016 as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst. She leads the housing research programme at the Foundation, where she has co-authored key reports such as The Housing Headwind (2016), Home Affront (2017) and Home Improvements (2018) and written extensively on the importance of housing costs for living standards. She previously worked at Child Poverty Action Group, the World Bank and Oxfam where she developed policies to assist those on low incomes.
Metropolitan Thames Valley
Geeta is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley. Across a career of nearly 30 years, she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. Most recently she was Chief Executive of Thames Valley Housing for nine years, and then Chief Executive of Metropolitan from October 2017, before the two organisations formed a partnership. At Thames Valley Housing, Geeta oversaw a top quartile performance in the sector for customer service, and the establishment of a highly successful market rent subsidiary, Fizzy Living. Geeta is a Non-Executive Director of McCarthy & Stone, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations. She is also an Ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.
Raised in Surrey and Hampshire I moved to Hull in 1982. After a brief time at the University and a spell on the dole I was one of the founding members of Giroscope, then a workers’ co-operative, now a housing charity. I have worked both on the building side and also the management and financial planning sides. The organisation has brought over a hundred empty properties back into use and worked with many hundreds of disadvantaged and excluded people across our volunteer programmes.
Jenny Osbourne is Chief Executive at Tpas – the tenant engagement experts - and has been with TPAS since 2002. Her previous role was Head of Corporate Services with specific responsibility for membership and governance matters. She is an English Graduate from Leeds University. Prior to working for Tpas Jenny worked for the Post Office on their management programme in the branch network. Jenny is also a board member at Stockport Housing Group and the subsidiary Three Sixty. Jenny is committed to the tenant empowerment agenda, and is a strong advocate for effective partnership working between tenants, providers, contractors and government.
Home Builders Federation
John Slaughter is Director of External Affairs for the Home Builders Federation. John has a general representational role at HBF and is also responsible for a wide range of policy issues at both national and regional level. His responsibilities include political liaison for HBF and representations on major legislation and regulatory change, and he helps provide HBF’s media comment. He has particular policy responsibility for skills, urban design and sustainability issues. He also leads HBF’s work on the supply of housing for older people. He has worked on the industry issues connected with the Government’s zero carbon homes objective and was a member of the 2016 Task Force. He was also a member of the steering group for the Technical Housing Standards Review and has represented HBF in discussions on the Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy and the Construction Sector Deal, including issues connected with innovation in building methods. He is a member of the leadership board of the new Home Building Skills Partnership. John formerly worked in the oil and gas industry and as a civil servant at
the Department for Trade and Industry.
Dan Wilson Craw
Dan has been Director since April 2018, having run Generation Rent on an interim basis since December 2016. He joined in 2014 as Communications Manager, after six years working at a corporate communications agency with clients in the property, health, energy and non-profit sectors. In September 2015 he added Policy to his role. He first got involved in housing after one rent rise too many, starting out as a volunteer and spokesman for PricedOut, the campaign for affordable house prices. He has 12 years' experience of renting, from 7 different private landlords.
National Housing Federation
Kate Henderson is Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, the voice of housing associations in England. Our members provide 2.7 million homes for nearly six million people and each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities. Prior to joining the Federation in October 2018 Kate was Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). During her decade at the TCPA Kate raised the Association’s profile through a range of campaigns and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, local authority innovation, affordable housing, health, poverty and climate change. Kate has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions including the Lyons Housing Review. She is a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, a Board member of the International Federation of Housing and Planning, and has co-authored various books including ‘The Art of Building a Garden City’ published by RIBA Publishing and winner of the National Urban Design Book Award 2018.
London Borough of Croydon
Originally from Australia, Jo has worked in regeneration and planning in London for over 28 years. Working on projects from small public improvements to major metropolitan regeneration, Jo has focused on making places that people can enjoy and own. Jo now has, in her words, “the best regeneration job in London” as Chief Executive at Croydon Council, one of the fastest growing economies with one of the greatest opportunities for housing growth in London. Jo now pulls the strings on bringing together all the services of the Council, together with partners to make Croydon a place where people want to be. Croydon is a unique place as it provides opportunities for housing growth but also is re-emerging as an alternative place for business. HMRC, Body Shop and EDF are just some of the companies who have moved to Croydon in the last 18 months.
Chartered Institute of Housing
Gavin Smart is deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Gavin started his career as a researcher at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol and spent five years at the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, heading up the high demand housing markets research team. Before joining CIH he worked for the National Housing Federation as assistant director for research and futures.