2024 Judges

Adam Brannen

Head of Regeneration, Leeds City Council

Adam leads major spatial programmes and place partnership activities across the whole Leeds district, leading a multi-disciplinary team planning and delivering renewal and growth including the City Centre, South Bank, the Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone, green infrastructure, wider housing growth activities, neighbourhood regeneration and heritage-lead renewal schemes.

As a chartered town planner and with 25 years working in regeneration, Adam has a strong track record in planning and delivering high quality, complex place changes, securing funding, working with communities and with the development industry to realise successful development initiatives at all scales.

Adam also draws on wide-ranging experience of community and partner consultation and engagement in his work on neighbourhood renewal, brownfield development, major urban extensions, Towns Fund, Levelling Up Fund, high street renewal and housing development.

Emma Richman

Director of Operations, Peaks and Plains Housing Trust  

Emma is an award winning Housing Professional with a career in housing that spans over 28 years, she is currently the Exec Director of Operations at Peaks and Plains Housing Trust and is also at First Choice Homes Oldham as an Independent Non Exec.

Emma is a qualified Architect and Building Surveyor.

Emma is currently a board member of The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, including Manchester Women’s Aid.

Emma is a previous Chair of the North West Branch of Women in Property and has been on their committee for the last 11 years, currently as National Vice Chair.

Lucy Lovatt

Head – Markets, Partners and Places, Homes England

Lucy has been with Homes England for about five years working across both strategic and delivery roles.

She has over 20 years of experience in housing and regeneration, primarily in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

Through her career she has undertaken strategy development, housing delivery and regeneration activity, giving her insight into the complex relationships behind the big picture and the detail required for successful project and programme delivery.

Her current role focusses on the development of Homes England’s national place-based delivery approach. She is also a qualified career coach and provides ongoing career coaching support.

Cedric Boston

Chief Executive, Unity Homes and Enterprise. 

Cedric Boston is currently the CEO of Unity Homes and Enterprise, a Housing Association based in Leeds that supports people into employment, training or to set up their own business. Cedric has over 30 years’ experience in Housing, 25 of them at senior executive level.

He is a former Chief Executive of Arhag, a BME association in London that specializes in addressing the needs of migrants and refugees. Prior to that he was Director of Housing at Lambeth Living, one of the UKs largest ALMOs, and before that the Director of Operations in Richmond Housing Partnership. 

He has a degree in law and politics and is a member of Gray’s Inn where he qualified as a barrister.

Paul Smith

Chief Executive, Elim Housing Group

Paul has worked in the housing and charity sectors for 35 years.

Key roles include Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council, Chief Executive of the Furniture Re-use Network, Chief Executive of Housing Potential UK (the sector skills agency for housing management) and Director of Consultancy at Heart of England Housing Group. Paul has also worked for the National Housing Federation with regional and national roles. Paul first became involved in social housing as an active tenant and then as a city councillor.

Elim Housing Group is a small housing association with a wide diversity of services currently operating in the South West, West Midlands and South Wales. It provides general needs housing, supported housing, shared ownership, specialist supported housing, student housing and is the largest UK housing association provider of pitches for the Roma and Traveller communities.

Paul has a BSc in Astrophysics, A Post Graduate Certificate in Education, is a fellow of the RSA and a Chartered Member of the CIH.

Steve Allcock

Group Business Transformation Director, Riverside Homes

Steve is a board and executive level technology and transformation director with nearly 20 years of experience in delivering award-winning business transformation through technology, process, and people. With a strong background in customer services, digital innovation, and operational excellence across multiple regulated sectors, such as housing, financial services, health and utilities.

Currently, Steve is responsible for the strategic transformation portfolio across The Riverside Group, and leads a large team of business transformation experts, covering PMO, business design, programme management, business adoption, and continuous improvement. Steve manages large budgets and oversees the merger and integration of Riverside and One Housing Group, as well as contractual and legislative change, and corporate plan deliverables.

Steve’s focus is always on delivering customer value, influencing culture, and driving colleague performance and satisfaction. Steve is also a board director at Magenta Living, providing strategic advice and guidance on business performance, vision, and direction of travel.

Andrew van Doorn

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 Data Standards, Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money and be fit for a digital future.

Andrew has worked for HACT for 16 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 28 years.

He is a Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Gudrun Haskins-Carlisle

Horton Housing

Gudrun has worked for Horton Housing since 2000. Gudrun joined the Association as a support worker and went on to develop and manage several of the Association’s services.

Gudrun joined the Senior Management Team, as Services Director, in 2013, overseeing services in Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire, as well as some central services. Gudrun was appointed as CEO in 2024.

Gudrun continues to promote good practice and high standards of quality throughout the organisation and in the wider housing sector. Gudrun’s area of specialist interest is the vital role housing has in supporting independence for people, believing everyone has the right to a safe, secure home, a base from which they can grow and fulfil their potential.

Gudrun is also a Board Trustee for Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association, providing accommodation and support for older people.

Eleanor Bowden

Eleanor Bowden is a leader within the housing sector, with a focus on improving the affordability, quality, and sustainability of housing. Her current work is primarily leading a retrofit initiative, collaborating with bluechip companies committed to making retrofit affordable for social housing landlords.

Additionally, she is involved in a national innovation project supported by the UK government, aimed at elevating standards within the private rented sector.

With a diverse professional background spanning roles at Homes England, Legal & General Affordable Homes, Local Authorities, Registered Providers, and within social impact investment, Eleanor brings a depth of understanding of the housing landscape to her work.

Her contributions to the sector have been recognised through accolades from such as Property Week, Estates Gazette, and Grant Thornton

Robin Lawler

Industry Consultant and Non-Executive Director

Robin has over 30 year’s experience in social housing.

He holds a number of NED roles including Chair of Derive RP in Salford; Chair of Kirklees Council’s Homes and Neighbourhood Improvement Board and shortly to become Chair of Trustees of the Booth Centre- a homeless day centre in Manchester.

Robin is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the founder Chief Executive of Northwards Housing.

Robin lives in Manchester, but has not forgotten his roots – he has held a season ticket at Anfield for 30 years enjoying good times and not so good.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey

Chief Operating Officer at West Lancashire Borough Council

Jacqui currently heads up the Council, having previously had over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector.

Jacqui is ambitious about developing communities and believes in putting customers at the heart of everything. She is passionate about inclusiveness, authentic leadership and building strong sustainable relationships.

Jacqui has worked in a variety of executive leadership positions across the housing sector throughout her career and now leads the Council during a period of rapid change and transformation.

Jacqui has a strong reputation in strategy and influencing, development, regeneration, asset management, strategy, housing advice, homelessness and community development.  She has a track record of driving transformational change and positive improvement and is dedicated to creating great customer service and maximising untapped potential.

Jacqui also has significant governance experience as a Chair, Board Director and Trustee in a range of businesses, including RP`s, private sector, social enterprises, partnerships and voluntary organisations.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the AEA and is currently a Director on the ARCH National Executive Board.

Phil Morgan

Housing Professional

Phil has specialised in resident involvement and scrutiny for over 20 years.

He was Chief Executive of TPAS for 10 years and then Executive Director of Tenant Services at the Regulator of Social Housing. Currently he works with both Housing Associations and Councils.

He is also a Board Member of the Guinness Partnership chairing their Service and Performance Committee, Chair of Healthwatch Salford and on the Panel of Advisors to the Housing Ombudsman.

Phil is author of Learning from Regulatory Downgrades.

Stephen Dunstan

Director of Resources, Blackpool Coastal Housing

Stephen is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 

As part of BCH’s wellbeing efforts he has obtained an NVQ in leading workplace exercise activity, and is the founding Event Director of the only junior parkrun in Blackpool.

David Miller

Director & Principal Architect, David Miller Architects  

David has worked at the highest levels of design both in the UK and abroad and is passionate about emerging technology, progressive architecture and delivery excellence.

Before setting up the practice, David worked in the offices of Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava, then became an associate director of Future Systems, where he was project architect for the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

His specialist knowledge of complex buildings evolved into an interest in three-dimensional analysis and computer modelling to enhance building design. This is fundamental to the practice’s approach to search for delight and proportion in solutions to everyday problems.

Tim West

Development Director, Ark Consultancy

Tim has a worked within the housing sector for over 25 years, both within the public and private sectors and is currently Development Director at ARK Housing Consultancy.

He started work in housing in local Government for Luton Borough Council in their Neighbourhood Management Team before joining the Housing Strategy and Policy team at Bedford Borough Council.

This experience helped create a strong interest in community cohesion and sustainability which has stayed with him throughout his future career with Housing Associations and private contractors.

During his periods working for both Raglan and Jephson Housing Associations, Tim was a pivotal member of the development teams and developed an expertise in exploring potential development and regeneration opportunities from both a new build, strategic asset and regeneration perspective.

Tim’s more recent experience as Partnerships Director for two differing Building Contractors has led to him undertaking project leadership roles in numerous development and regeneration projects. He has led on community consultation, design development and value engineering processes on a multitude of projects, with a keen focus on aesthetic appearance, sustainability and budget constraints being considered from scheme inception.

Jane Forbes

Partner, PwC LLP

Jane is a Partner at PwC LLP where she has spent 22 years working with social housing providers across the North to provide assurance, risk management and governance support, including the provision of outsourced internal audit services.

A Chartered Accountant and assurance specialist, Jane led PwC’s National Social Housing business for five years and continues to provide technical advice to Boards and Audit Committees.

Jane previously seconded to the Social Housing Regulator as its Head of Internal Audit & Risk, a position she held for two and a half years.

In 2018, Jane was instrumental in establishing the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, whose mission is to end homelessness in Greater Manchester. Jane passionately believes that no one should be without a home and, together with her fellow Board Trustees, developed a permanent infrastructure through the Charity, to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping.

Jane is also the former Non-Executive Board Chair of pro-manchester, the largest business development organisation in the North West representing the Greater Manchester business community.

Mike Brogan

Chief Executive – Procure Plus

Mike began his career with a national financial services provider, working at a senior level in sales and operations management, but 25 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 20 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.

Guy Corbett

Director of Business Improvement, Livv Housing

Guy has worked for Livv Housing Group for 10 years in a variety of roles covering Customer, Health and Safety, IT and Business Improvement.  Guy leads the Business Improvement and Health and Safety Teams within Livv driving change across the business with a focus on improving colleague and customer experiences.

Prior to working for Livv Guy has worked in senior roles in Telecoms and Banking and is able to bring this wide range of experiences to the housing sector.

Jacqui Bateson

Managing Director at HACT Housing

Jacqui joined HACT in 2020. As Managing Director at HACT, she provided day-to-day leadership and management and is responsible for driving HACT to achieve sales, profitability, cash flow, business goals and objectives.

Responsible for product development, she works with clients both within and beyond the housing sector.

Before joining HACT, she completed her Masters in Business Administration specialising in corporate finance, strategic marketing and business innovation and change.

She has worked in the financial services sector in a wide range of roles and within the housing sector as a non-executive director for over 20 years.

Faye Whiteoak 

Regional Director at Consortium Procurement Construction

A seasoned housing architect and regeneration specialist, Faye has vast experience in estate renewal, housing-led regeneration, and Public Private Partnerships.

She brings invaluable expertise from senior roles at major house builders which, coupled with her background as a Non-Executive Director for RP’s, positions her as a leading figure in the housing and regeneration sector.

With her expertise in both social and private housing delivery, Faye has been instrumental in the design and development of thousands of homes throughout her career. Notable among her accomplishments are the Plymouth Grove PFI and Beswick Regeneration programmes in Manchester, where she led the creation of 2000 new homes and the refurbishment of another 600, alongside new infrastructure and amenities. These projects transformed previously neglected neighbourhoods into vibrant, thriving communities.

Barrington Billings

Head of Asset Management and Development, Tuntum Housing  

Barrington began his senior housing career in 1990 as an Executive Director at Hallmark Community Housing. 

Since then, he has held senior executive-level posts at a number of Housing Associations, such as Prime Focus Group and Places for People Group and worked for the Housing Regulator as a Senior Stock Transfer Advisor. 

Barrington is currently Head of Asset Management and Development at Tuntum Housing Association. 

In terms of non-executive roles, he has served on the Boards of Gentoo Group, chaired Arhag Housing and currently chairs Manningham Housing Association. 

Barrington also served as a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for eight years becoming President in 2005. 

Outside of sector he has also been an External Examiner at De Montfort University, a Non-executive Director for a NHS Hospital Trust and was Chair of the Joint Awarding Body of the Chartered Institute of Building from 2007-2008.

Sarah Robson

Director of Development and Regeneration, Karbon Homes

Sarah works for Karbon Homes as Director of Development and Regeneration.

Before this, she had a long career in local government, most recently as corporate director for growth, enterprise, and environment for a local authority in Teesside and before that, she worked for a decade in Durham as the lead for economic development and housing.

She also spent 8 years working as a project director for an Urban Regeneration Company on major development projects.

Brought up in the north and having lived here since leaving University, Sarah is passionate about the people and places of the region. She was a board member of the Northern Housing Consortium until recently and is delighted to be able to get involved in the judging this year.

Jo Wilkinson

Chief Officer – Housing and Property, Lancaster City Council

Jo has been at Lancaster City Council for four and a half years and has responsibility for the Council’s housing functions including Council-owned homes, more recently taking on responsibility for the Council’s customer services and corporate and commercial property portfolio.

Jo has 20 years of experience working in the Housing Sector and has a particular passion for delivering homelessness services and support to vulnerable residents.

Previously Jo has spent much of her career at Stockport Homes, focusing on various areas of housing, including homelessness, allocations, temporary accommodation, resident support and employment support.

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