'Right now London is facing huge challenges'
Ahead of CIH's London housing summit on 6 October, we caught up with Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon and CIH London board chair.
As the new chair of the CIH London board, what would you like to see the organisation doing to help the housing industry in London?
I think CIH is in a unique position as the independent voice for housing across the spectrum of housing providers. Membership brings great support for anyone working in the sector. Tapping into professional standards can also help to raise perceptions of housing as a fantastic career - and it gives your CV a turbo boost!
Right now London is facing huge challenges – from housing the poor to retaining the talent which makes our capital globally competitive. For anyone working in housing, these are extraordinary times.
What can the housing industry be doing to help with issues such as homelessness and lack of skill in the sector?
I’ve worked in housing for 25 years and started my career in homelessness. I was struck by the number of people who just needed a little support and the stability of a decent job or training to get back on track. The brilliant thing about most affordable housing providers is that you get more than a home. A lot of us can signpost to or even provide training and apprenticeships. Investing in affordable housing addresses far more than the housing shortage - it helps people build skills and meet aspirations. What an awesome sector.
Out of all the topics covered on the London housing summit programme, which do you think are the most pressing?
I’m not going to pick and choose – the programme is great. For anyone working in housing in London at the moment there’s a range of common themes: numbers; funding; land; innovation. Let the delegates judge which are most important!
- CIH's London housing summit will offer housing professionals from across the capital the opportunity to keep ahead with the latest knowledge from the industry and share information with peers who are faced with similar challenges - find out more