Judges

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.

Tracy Harrison

Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC)

Tracy Harrison is Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), a membership organisation for social housing providers. Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior posts in blue-chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software. With the housing sectors’ ever-increasing focus on driving efficiencies, Tracy has been instrumental in ensuring that NHC offers its members products & services which support them with achieving this aim & developing solutions which can help improve the service they offer to their customers. Tracy has also helped to develop NHC’s influencing activities, particularly around placemaking and addressing quality and net zero issues within the North’s housing stock.

Tracy is also a Trustee of Age UK North Tyneside.

Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior marketing and business development posts in blue chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software.

With the housing sectors’ ever-increasing focus on driving efficiencies, Tracy has been instrumental in ensuring that NHC offers its members products and services which support them with achieving this aim, and developing solutions which can help improve the service they offer to their customers. Tracy has also helped to develop NHC’s influencing activities, particularly around placemaking and addressing quality issues within the North’s housing stock.

Tracy is also an Independent Board Director of The Gateshead Housing Company and a Trustee of Age UK North Tyneside.

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.

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.

Cedric Boston

Chief Executive, BME Housing Association Unity Homes and Enterprise. 

With over 30 years of senior level experience in social housing, Cedric is a former Chief Executive of Arhag, a London BME association dedicated to improving the life chances of migrants and refugees.

Mr Boston also served as Director of Housing Services at Lambeth Living with responsibility for the provision of operational services to 65,000 people.   

He read law and politics at Keele University, was called to the Bar in 1985 and is currently studying part-time for an Open University degree in classical history. 

Robin Lawler

Industry Consultant

Robin has worked in social housing for over 30 years. He is the Chair of Six Town Housing in Bury and a new landlord in Derive RP in Salford.

Robin retired as chief executive of Northwards Housing in December 2020 and stepped down from the board of Plus Dane last September. He is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Robin is a life long Liverpool fan and has a season ticket on the Kop. He keeps busy walking his 2 cocker spaniels twice or more every day

Lara Oyedele

President of the Chartered Institute of Housing  

Lara Oyedele, the current President of the Chartered Insititute of Housing. She is a social entrepreneur, property developer and campaigner for affordable housing.  She is passionate about eliminating homelessness and promoting diversity in leadership. Her presidential campaign is promoting ethnic and racial diversity in the boardrooms of housing organisations, while also raising shoes for the Charity ShoeAid which provides shoes for homeless families in poverty. 

Originally trained as a journalist, she has over 30 years’ experience working in housing associations, local authorities, private sector housing management companies and homelessness charities. A former Housing Association CEO, Lara was founding Chair of, and creative force behind, BMENational, the coalition promoting ethnic minority housing associations in England.  She was also central to the development of Migrant Rights housing information website https://www.housing-rights.info/index.php 

Lara is chair of homelessness charity, Hope Housing (Bradford) and a Non- Exec Director of Housing 21. Lara runs the training company Black on Board whose aim is to increase diverse representation on boards, and is also developing an affordable housing company.  She loves shoes, tea and Eastenders. 

Alison Inman

Former President of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Alison Inman is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Board member at TPAS, Housing Diversity Network and Saffron Housing Trust. She is a former Chair of Colchester Borough Homes and the National Federation Of ALMOS and a co-founder of SHOUT, the social housing campaign group. Alison has lived in the South since her twenties but still considers herself a Northerner!

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.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey

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

Ian Rumsam

Independent Repairs and Maintenance Consultant  

As an Independent Repairs and Maintenance consultant who has worked in the industry for over 40 years, Ian is passionate about achieving great results through service improvements and working with tenants.

Ethan James

Regional Director, Consortium Procurement Construction

Ethan began his career over 10 years ago working in the public sector for procurement specialist LHC.  He is passionate about working with people and valued building strong relationships which led to working for various contractors and suppliers in the construction sector in business development and key account positions eventually returning to LHC in 2019.

After leading the London and Southeast team, Ethan now runs the north and central England regional business unit, Consortium Procurement Construction. As regional director he is responsible for supporting housing providers with solutions to deliver better buildings, homes and communities.  

Outside work Ethan is a proud father, sports enthusiast and enjoys cooking. 

Nigel Wilson

Former Housing Association Chief Executive  

Nigel has over 35 years experience in the social housing sector, with the last 16 as chief executive. He has worked in the Midlands, North West and North East , covering local authorities and housing associations. His involvement in housing came from his move into a Birmingham housing co operative, this lead to leaving the civil service and beginning work as an housing officer as he was inspired by the values behind social housing. 

Lizzie House

Chartered Surveyor / Board Member at WISH Yorkshire Board

Lizzie has been working in the affordable sector for the last 8 years at Savills having joined the graduate scheme in 2015. 

She is a Registered Valuer who specialises in providing consultancy and valuation advice to a wide range of clients in relation to new build affordable housing projects and regeneration schemes. 

She lives in London and is training for her third half marathon later in the year.

Emma Richman

Executive Director of Operations at Peaks and Plains Housing Trust  

Emma is an award winning Housing Professional with a career in housing that spans over 27 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 Trustee of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester.

Emma is a previous Chair of the North West Branch of Women in Property and has been on their committee for the last 10 years.

Emma also won Woman of the Year at the 2018 Woman in Housing Awards.

Victoria Tomlinson

Development Director at ARK Housing Consultancy  

Vicki believes a secure and affordable home enables us to reach our full potential and is passionate about the provision of new affordable housing.

Vicki has worked at executive and senior level with a number of RPs over the last twenty years, having strategic and operational responsibilities for Development, Asset Management, Compliance and Corporate Health and Safety.  She has extensive experience of delivering regeneration projects, S106 acquisitions, land led and package deals plus commercial sale developments. She also has experience of leading and managing sales and leasehold management teams. 

Vicki is Development Director at ARK Housing Consultancy. ARK’s expert management and technical consultants dedicate themselves to getting the very best results for their clients. ARK is a multi-disciplinary consultancy supporting Registered Providers and Local Authorities, across the UK, with all aspects of housing services. 

Ciarán Tully

External Affairs Manager – North West, National Housing Federation

Ciarán Tully is the External Affairs Manager for the North West at the National Housing Federation, taking responsibility for engaging housing associations and stakeholders across the region.

Ciarán leads on community cohesion and engaging NHF members on devolution in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region.

Ciarán joined the Federation from a political party, where he held various roles across the country.

Lucy Lovatt

Senior Partnership Manager, Homes England

Lucy is a Senior Partnership Manager at Homes England and has a strong reputation in strategy development and housing delivery. She collaborates with local authorities, developers and landowners to provide grant, loan and brokerage to support the delivery of new homes.

Over a twenty-year career Lucy has shaped strategies and created buildings that have made a huge difference to people’s lives and communities. Her early career was spent in kitchens across the north, drinking tea and listening to what matters to people’s lives; their hopes, fears, dreams and desires for the future. This understanding of what is important to people still shapes and drives the work Lucy engages in.

Over the past year, Lucy has been integral to the Homes England response to Covid-19 and Brexit preparations. She has led the development of market recovery interventions to support the sectors of the housing market that are most vulnerable in the event of economic downturn.

Crystal Hicks

Chair of WISH NE

Crystal is passionate about positive change and social justice. Whatever Crystal puts her hand to, it is to create a better world for us all to live in. She has worked across the public and VCS including social housing, homelessness prevention and crisis support, the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, social change and justice.

Crystal’s areas of expertise are sustainable growth (both commercial enterprise and voluntary fundraising), business development, customer experience and audience research and development. 

She is passionate about building mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships – her experience has taught her that collaboration changes things, doing it alone doesn’t. Having been involved in this type of work in large and small charities, all with varying missions and approaches, has given her a wealth of experience in understanding the foundations for success.

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.

Adam Brannen

Head of Regeneration, Asset Management & Regeneration, Leeds City Council

Adam is Head of Regeneration for Leeds City Council responsible for the delivery of Place outcomes aligned with the city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy.

Adam is a Chartered Town Planner leading a multi-disciplinary team focussed on local regeneration across the Leeds district; strategic infrastructure and major growth zones; and securing housing growth, choice and quality.

Pragmatic and commercially minded, Adam is dedicated to collaboration and cross-sector partnership and to ensuring the achievement of genuine regeneration outcomes from these relationships rather than just the delivery of new real estate.

He is leading on key areas of Leeds’ success as a growing city and economy through city centre developments – including South Bank, one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects, major urban extensions that will result in thousands of new multi-tenure homes, the planning and delivery of new affordable homes, neighbourhood renewal in the city’s Priority Neighbourhoods, brownfield land developments, town centre improvements and heritage-lead property schemes.

Adam is keen to see schemes that are responsive to climate change, address health & well-being and which make a genuine difference to the lives of people and communities.

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