Edition overview

By Stephen Bampfylde

The potential for housing associations to further enhance their role in fixing the UK’s housing market is starting to crystallise. Whilst there is opportunity ahead to deliver more housing for more people, the governance and values of social housing providers – particularly in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy – will continue to be scrutinised. Recent work done by the Future Shape of the Sector Commission and the Chartered Institute of Housing make it clear that housing associations will need to embrace further change.

In looking to the future it will be essential – mission critical even – that housing associations are communicating and connecting better than ever: connecting with their customers, with government, with each other, with the wider stakeholder network, and especially with their social purpose. This in turn calls for reflection on the models of leadership needed and the ways in which housing associations can recruit and develop the talent to take the sector forward.

With a hugely interesting oversight of the whole sector, we are pleased to have had the chance to talk to David Orr, current Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, as he looks ahead to his retirement in September. Involved in the housing sector for almost 40 years, David’s drive and passion are evident, and his insights, advice and wisdom are extremely sound for those coming through the ranks in the future.

We were also lucky to have spoken with Dipesh Shah OBE, Chairman of Notting Hill Genesis. A relative newcomer to housing, but a hugely experienced senior leader in the energy sector in the UK and internationally, Dipesh shares his perspective on leadership, the importance of good governance and how to successfully navigate a merger.

In this edition our Practice Group Head, Hannah Scarisbrick, and Business Psychologist, Cassandra Woolgar, share their thoughts on how leadership models will evolve in response to the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector. We also welcome our new Consultant, Pamela Leonce, to the team.

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