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'You make it happen, you call the shots!' - the Big Conversation


Ahead of our Big Conversation event, which brings together up and coming housing professionals, we held our very own big conversation with Yorkshire Housing's Katherine Proctor who is vice chair of the CIH Yorkshire and Humber regional board.

Why do you think it’s important to be a member of a professional body?

From starting at the bottom rung of the housing ladder, I have held various operational housing roles. I’ve moved into repairs, created a direct labour organisation and managed capital programmes. I’ve worked in the housing sector for 17 years and the CIH has provided long lasting support to my career.

The CIH is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Their goal is simple – to provide everyone involved in housing with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant.

Why should under 30 year olds become CIH members?

Sharing practice, ideas, innovation and intelligence is key to both individual and organisational success. All things that the CIH offers in abundance. There’s so much available, skills, knowledge, advice and crucially you have access to a really strong support network.

You can take advantage of an introductory offer of £60 for a year’s membership and Yorkshire Housing can cover the cost of this. Customer insight and engagement officer Alice Keirle said: “I joined the CIH to take advantage of the latest information on all things housing and keep up to date on best practice. It’s also nice to know that you are part of the wider community of housing professionals.”

So why have you decided to become involved in the CIH Yorkshire and Humber regional board?

I’m proud to work in a sector so committed to promoting positive change. I strongly believe that by working together we can really improve people’s life chances, and create an environment that can flourish. I want to be able to work with more people, connect with more people and raise the profile of the work the CIH does. I’m passionate about getting more young people into housing and for them to really see it as a positive career choice. I hope this is something I can contribute to.

Why get involved with the Big Conversation?

Already more than 3,000 people have taken part in the CIH Rethinking social housing project. This shows what a powerful influence network the CIH is capable of.

The Big Conversation uses an unconference format to invite you to discuss your interests on your terms. You make it happen! You call the shots! Please get involved, share your opinions and bring your best ideas to help make the Big Conversation a success.

Katherine Proctor is head of homeworks at Yorkshire Housing and vice chair of the CIH Yorkshire and Humber regional board.

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