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Four new experts enlisted to help CIH shape its housing policy ideas


Ingrid Fife, chair of CIH's policy advisory committee, introduces these new team members.

CIH’s policy advisory committee is a part of our governance structure which helps us to develop and review our housing policy ideas. It also advises on how to frame and deliver our messages to achieve maximum impact. It's an important committee for CIH with its Royal Charter that requires it to act in the long term public interest rather than represent specific organisation or membership views.

We've just recruited four CIH members to join our existing members: Rachel Terry (vice chair of our policy advisory committee and of Northampton Partnership Homes); Clare Powell (Sovereign Housing Association); Andrew Wells (board member of Moat Homes Ltd); Nick Murphy (Nottingham City Homes) and Andrew Dench (the Guinness Partnership)

Here's who's joining our team:

  • David Edwards is executive director for housing and regeneration at Oxford City Council and chair of their new housing company. David also brings experience from his time as a civil servant and at the Homes and Communities Agency. He is involved with the devolution agenda through his lead on the City Deal for Oxford. 
  • Ian Johnson is chief executive of Tyne Housing Group which offers a range of services including homeless provision and supported housing. He brings experience from a registered provider, with charities and industrial and provident societies and has worked within a complex political environment. 
  • Sam McGrady is a director with David Tolsen Partnerships (DTP) and was previously HouseMark’s deputy chief executive. Working at DTP, she has a diverse view of how housing organisations are changing to address the current operating environment challenges.
  • Steve Wilcox will be well known to many through his work as professor for housing policy at York University and as joint author of CIH’s UK Housing Review. Steve has dealt with policies in all four countries of the UK and brings a historical and comparative perspective built up over decades of policy work in this field. He has acted as an advisor to a number of housing ministers, parliamentary committees and government departments.

With significant change already taking place and still more on the horizon, they couldn’t be joining us at a better time.

On that note. . .

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