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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 Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.
Kate Henderson is Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, the voice of housing associations in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That’s why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing.
Our members provide 2.7 million homes for nearly six million people and each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.
Prior to joining the Federation in October 2018 Kate was Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). During her decade at the TCPA Kate raised the Association’s profile through a range of campaigns and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, local authority innovation, affordable housing, health, poverty and climate change.
Kate has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions including the Lyons Housing Review. She is a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, a Board member of the International Federation of Housing & Planning, and has co-authored various books including ‘The Art of Building a Garden City’ published by RIBA Publishing and winner of the National Urban Design Book Award 2018. She has recently been appointed Deputy President of the International Federation for Housing & Planning (IFHP).
Chloe has worked in the social housing sector for over 20 years, starting in housing management whilst completing a housing masters and diploma at London School of Economics. In 2000 she moved into housing policy and worked on affordable housing and housing finance policy on behalf of the London boroughs, initially for London Housing Unit and prior to joining the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) in 2007, as Head of Affordable Housing and Investment at London Councils.
She has been the Policy Director for the NFA since 2014. Over the past 12 years with the NFA she has worked with officials at MHCLG, DWP, BEIS and the Treasury, MPs and Ministers as well as other housing organisations and wider stakeholders such as the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Local Government Association, the National Housing Federation, the Employment Related Services Association, NHS Alliance and Give Us A Chance to promote ALMO and council housing issues covering areas such housing finance, new build, welfare reform, health and housing and tackling worklessness.
She is currently leading the NFA work on Universal Credit and the Social Housing Green Paper highlighting issues that affect ALMOs and their tenants. She sits on MHCLG technical advisory groups and the DWP Core Landlord Group on behalf of the NFA.
Mark Lawrence is Editor of 24housing magazine and has been working in the sector since 2015. Before that, he worked for various publications, looking at community-led initiatives to combatting extremism in the UK. He is passionate about ending discrimination and promoting equality across the sector.
Rachael Orr has been the Director of PlaceShapers, the network of 120 community-based housing associations since July 2018. She is also a Trustee at the British Refugee Council.
Prior to PlaceShapers, Rachael was Head of Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme, leading all policy, campaigns and programme work on domestic poverty.
She previously worked for Shelter as a Campaigns Manager and Press Officer, and was the Chair of Angel Shed Theatre Company, an inclusive theatre charity.
Jenny Osbourne is Chief Executive at Tpas – the tenant engagement experts, and has been with the organisation since 2002. Her previous role was Head of Corporate Services with specific responsibility for membership and governance matters.
She is an English Graduate from Leeds University. Prior to working for Tpas, Jenny worked for the Post Office, on their management programme in the branch network. Previously, Jenny was with Scottish and Newcastle, and worked on data management in their Leeds office.
Jenny is committed to the tenant empowerment agenda and is a strong advocate for effective partnership working between tenants, providers, contractors and government.
Peter Aldous MP
Peter Aldous is the Member of Parliament for the Waveney constituency in North Suffolk and has been the MP since being elected in the 2010 General Election.
In Parliament Peter’s work has focused on housing and local infrastructure projects, the future of the East Anglian fishing industry, energy policy and support for small businesses.
Peter was first elected as a councillor to Waveney District Council in 1999, serving until 2002. He was a member of Suffolk County Council between 2001 and 2005 and was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group from 2002 until 2005.
He was born in Ipswich and has lived in North Suffolk most of his life. Before entering Parliament, he helped look after the family pig and arable farm outside Halesworth and worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Norwich and Ipswich.
Jennifer is a Director at BECG, and leads GUAC’s communications work.
She has been working in social housing communications for over five years, and ten years in communications and lobbying. She works on a range of infrastructure and housing briefs, helping clients deliver strategic PR and communications needs.