Guardian columnist and former political editor of the Observer, The Guardian
Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist, political columnist and interviewer for Grazia magazine, writer, blogger and former political editor of The Observer. For over 12 years she covered politics for The Daily Mail and then for The Observer, developing an astute inside track on the exercise of power and the development of policy. Leaving Cambridge University in 1990, Gaby worked first for the Grimsby Evening Telegraph before joining The Daily Mail in 1996. She worked as a news reporter and health reporter before becoming political reporter in 1997. She was headhunted by The Observer in 2000 as chief political correspondent and, in 2004, became the youngest then political editor of a national newspaper. She has closely followed both the rise – and otherwise – of New Labour, and the remaking of the Conservative party. Gaby specialised in the point at which politics, social affairs and policy meets.
Executive Director of Public Impact, National Housing Federation
Gill has worked in both the public and the private sector with her early career spent mainly in the financial services industry. More recently Gill has worked for the Countryside Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities. Gill's team leads the Federation’s work on behalf of housing associations and the people they serve, in the areas of campaigns, policy, research and communications at national, regional and local levels.
Director of Audit and Vice Chair, Aster and South Western Housing
Andre's initial career was in banking which lead to being responsible for a group of branches, before moving to the social housing sector over 12 years ago. He now holds a senior position at Aster.
Chief Executive, Innisfree
John became chief executive of Innisfree Housing Association in June 2012. Prior to this he worked with Hyde Housing Association and was Services Director at Hyde Southbank Homes and Acting Managing Director at Hyde Minster in Peterborough. In February 2013, John was elected as chair of g320, the grouping of smaller London housing associations.
As a specialist in risk and compliance services Amandeep has led internal audit and risk management services for a number of commercial organisations and over the past nine years has specialised in the housing sector.
As Audit Director for Orbit and Service Matters, he is responsible for a number of risk services, including the delivery of internal audit, information governance, risk management, fraud management and internal regulatory services to a number of external customers.
Chief Executive, Greenoak Housing Association
Diana Kingdon is Chief Executive of Greenoak Housing Association which operates in Surrey and West Sussex.
Greenoak is a small association providing both general needs and supported housing for older people. Greenoak has specialised in developing small urban and rural schemes working with communities to provide affordable housing for local people.
Greenoak is a leader in building highly sustainable energy efficient homes, winning a Gold Award for Environmental Sustainability plus two further national sustainability awards for its energy efficient housing. Diana is also on the board of Sustainable Homes Ltd, one of the UK’s leading environmental sustainability consultancies to the social housing sector.
She is a member of the National Housing Federation’s Standing Group for smaller associations representing the south east.
Chief Executive and Chair, Peter Bedford Housing Association and G320
Policy Leader, National Housing Federation
Sue leads the Federation’s work on welfare reform and has been closely involved with the Department for Work and Pensions on the design and delivery of the housing costs element of Universal Credit. The Federation is working alongside housing associations, local authorities, job centres and the DWP in the live Universal Credit areas to track the experience of landlords and tenants. This evidence is helping to shape DWP policy.
Katrina Robinson MBE
Head of Legal Services, Optivo
Katrina was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to social housing in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List. She is passionate about protecting the victims of anti-social behaviour and personally takes on all hate crime litigation at Optivo (previously Viridian) and is the chair of the in-house LGBT Group. Katrina is also the founding member and chair of the Tenancy Fraud Forum which brings together all social landlords to identify and stop tenancy fraud.
Over the last five years Duncan has led a number of major strategic advisory mandates as well as financing transactions, with both UK and US investors. At JCRA, Duncan manages a team of modellers and executives providing advice to housing association clients across all aspects of treasury practice, risk management and finance from constructing business plans and stress testing .
Chief Executive, Pickering and Ferens Homes
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and with a BA (Hons) degree in Housing Studies, Claire has a social housing career spanning 27 years. She has worked as a chief executive for the last 14 years and has significant experience in non-executive roles and currently holds directorships with Gentoo Homes, Sunderland and Procurement for Housing. Claire is appointed to the National Housing Federation's National Smaller Housing Association Group, the National Efficiency Group and participates with both CIH and Narional Housing Federation groups at a regional level.
Chief Executive, Havant Housing
Raife has worked in the social care and supported housing sector for nearly 30 years. During this time he has worked in various NHS psychiatric/learning disability services and nursing/residential care homes.
He also worked for a national supported housing association for over 10 years and for the past 12 years he has been the Chief Executive of Havant Housing Association, a small developing supported housing provider.
Raife is active within the National Housing Federation and is currently the Chair of the South East Health, Care and Supported Housing Group, a South East Standing Board member and the Vice Chair of the National Smaller Housing Association group.
He is passionate (and vocal) about supported housing and can be found responding to various websites as well as @RaifeHHA on Twitter.
Chief Executive, Crown Simmons Housing
Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Crown Simmons Housing in January 2012 and is responsible to the board for the leadership and strategic direction of the association. Paul has previously worked as an independent housing consultant and at executive level for a number of large housing associations such as A2Dominion, Catalyst and Radian. Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and has more than 20 years experience in the housing sector.