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 with a first class degree in English, 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.
Chief Executive and Chair, Inquilab Housing Association and BME London Group
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.
Chief Executive, SHAL Housing
Chief Executive, Greenoak Housing Association
Finance Director, SHAL Housing
Chief Executive, PHA Homes
Policy Leader, National Housing Federation
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.
Chief Executive, Pickering and Ferens Homes
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing 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 NHF Groups at a regional level.