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.
Jane is a Partner at PwC LLP where she leads the firm’s National Social Housing practice. Based in Manchester, Jane works with a number of housing providers across the North West and Yorkshire on assurance, risk management and governance projects, including the provision of outsourced internal audit services. In 2010, Jane went on secondment to the Social Housing Regulator as its Head of Internal Audit & Risk, a position she held for two and a half years.
Jane is the current Board Chair of pro-manchester, the organisation that represents the business community, supporting growth and development to promote the North as the place to do business.
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.
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.
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 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.
Teresa joined JRHT as Director of Care Services in January 2018. She has responsibility for care services including residential and nursing homes, and our care at home services.
Prior to this Teresa worked for a range of private and not for profit housing and care providers. These included the Abbeyfield Society, Somerset Council, and Housing and Care 21. Teresa also held various non-executive positions with housing organisations and the Somerset Police Commissioner.
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.
Jacqui is currently Director of Housing & Inclusion at West Lancashire Borough Council having spent over 30 years in the sector. She is responsible for the Council’s retained housing stock, delivering the Council’s housing development and regeneration programmes, development company, housing strategy, private sector housing, homelessness, council tax and NNDR, housing benefits and has corporate responsibility for customer experience, communications, IT and business transformation.
Jacqui has 15 years’ experience at Executive Director level, 10 of which were spent developing a successful stock transfer organisation in Cheshire. She is passionate about inclusiveness, authentic leadership and helping people deliver social impact through their work.
Jacqui also has significant experience as a board member and trustee in a range of businesses including RSL, social enterprises, partnerships, voluntary organisations and is currently on the ARCH executive board.
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 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.
Nigel has over 33 years’ experience in the housing sector. He was a housing co-operative tenant and activist before working as a housing officer for housing associations and local councils. He worked in tenant participation and resident engagement before specialising in new business and regeneration. He was appointed Chief Executive of Parkway Green Housing Trust in August 2006 and has led WCHG since April 2013 following a group structure between Willow Park and Parkway Green.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Chair of JV North, Chair of FRC Group, Chair of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Chair of Young Manchester and the Chair of the Altius Trust. Nigel chairs the Social Value Task & Finish Group, established as a sub group of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers network, and is a Director of Athena, the GMHP delivery vehicle.