The Judges

Mike Brogan

Mike began his career with a national financial services provider, working at a senior level in sales and operations management, but 15 years ago he decided to give something back to the community and began working with Grosvenor Housing Association, helping the organisation to build social enterprises. It was one of these ventures which became the seminal project for what is now Procure Plus Limited.

After eight years, Procure Plus is now recognised as the market leader in its field, setting the standard for socially responsible organisations of its kind. Mike’s professional experiences during the past 10 years with Procure Plus – focusing on socio and economic regeneration – has led to his working with Cabinet Office, Homes and Communities Agency and HM Treasury as an advisor and member of several task forces in this field. He can advise on best practice for collaborative working in the social housing sector with a particular emphasis on how to make the money invested work harder.

Andrew van Doorn

Andrew is the Chief Executive of HACT. HACT is a UK innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.

Andrew has worked for HACT for 15 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 26 years. He is a Chair of Stonewall Housing and a Non-Executive Director at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.


Robin Lawler

Robin is the Chief Executive of Northwards Housing, the 3 Star ALMO set up to manage & improve the Council’s 13,500 homes in North Manchester. He is a member of GM Low Carbon Hub Board.

Robin became Chair of Plus Dane Cheshire in September 2013 and joined new combined Group Board in April 2015. He chairs their Neighbourhood Committee.

Before moving to Manchester, Robin worked in Leeds for over 20 years including being founder Chief Executive of Leeds West Homes, Assistant Director of Housing & Environmental Health with the Council & Project Director of Leeds Partnership Homes. He chaired Leeds YouthBuild board and he was a member of the Board of Sadeh Lok.

He has a post graduate qualification in Housing & is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Robin became a member of CIH Council in 2005, Chaired the Policy and Practice Board for 4 years and served as President of CIH for 17 months until May 2013.

Janet Hale

Janet has worked in housing since 1981, with experience spanning local authorities, housing associations, higher education and, since 2001, consultancy. She is Director of Pilkington-Hale Partnership, specialising in governance, co-regulation and non-executive recruitment.

Janet has been a non-executive director and charitable trustee since the late 1980s in housing and arts organisations and was President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2006.  She is currently Chair of Progress Housing Group and was the founding Chair of the Women in Social Housing (WISH) NW Board.

And – in April 2018 she will celebrate 30 years of living without a television.


Eamon McGoldrick

Eamon has 40 years’ experience in housing having started at the Greater London Council in 1977. He then worked for the London Boroughs of Brent, Hillingdon, Barnet and Islington

Eamon was appointed Chief Executive of Homes for Islington in 2004 and retained that position until March 2012. During that period, he was responsible for the management of 35,000 homes

Eamon is now an independent consultant and is currently Managing Director of the National Federation of ALMOs which is the trade body for all ALMO’s.

He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Chartered Management Institute and the Housing Finance Institute.

Phil Morgan

Phil has worked at a senior level in housing for 17 years including 10 years as chief executive of TPAS and then as executive director of tenant services at the social housing regulator. In that role he led the National Conversation and co-wrote the Regulatory Framework. Since leaving the regulator Phil has worked with a range of landlords on consumer regulation, tenant scrutiny and involvement, regulatory compliance and cultural change. He is the author of the annually updated Learning from Regulatory Downgrades. Phil is also a board member of the Guinness Partnership.

Dave Neilson

Dave Neilson is the Chief Executive at Fusion21.  Responsible for the overall strategic management and future direction of Fusion21 since 2004, Dave is instrumental in shaping the organisation’s vision and is a champion for innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Acting as a strategic change agent and champion of ethical and social business he has ensured strong growth for Fusion21 which has procured more than £855M in contracts to date.

Having worked in the housing sector for over 25 years, Dave has developed high level relationships at local, regional and national levels and also has considerable non-executive experience in social enterprise, CVS and community interest companies.

Ian Rumsam

Ian is a passionate, driven leader and manager with almost 40 years experience and expertise  who believes in training and supporting our younger people to create a sustainable future for all.  Ian now works part time as an independent consultant and actively fulfilling his role as the Vice Chair of the Direct Works Forum. In his role as a consultant Ian often  uses his experience as a DLO leader and manager to support  change, increase VFM and  improve service provision.

As an experienced speaker with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share Ian remains passionate about improving the industry.

Melanie Smith

Mel is currently Head of Policy Portfolio at Gentoo. She previously worked in the voluntary and private sectors, before being bitten by the housing ‘bug’ when joining Sunderland City Council in 2001 to help with the stock transfer process. Mel held roles on the front line, the business excellence team, and then policy, before becoming Head of Policy Portfolio overseeing the Group’s Policy and ‘Planet Smart’ carbon footprint reduction programmes and their Photo Voltaic portfolio.

Mel is Chair of the CIH North East Board. She joined the Board in 2010 and previously held the Policy Lead and Vice Chair roles.

Ffrancon Williams

Ffrancon is Chief Executive of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG). Previous to heading up CCG he was Head of Housing at Gwynedd Council where he led a successful large-scale tenant vote to transfer the social housing stock from the council to the newly formed CCG in 2010. Since then CCG has come a long way from being a new landlord to an established housing association with over 6,300 properties and nearly 300 staff based at six locations in Gwynedd and Denbighshire. His career has spanned private and public sectors and include senior management positions in infrastructure maintenance and manufacturing sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of Manufacturing Management at Cranfield University.