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Written by Leadership 2025 participant, Jehan Weerasinghe, published by 24housing magazine.
What does innovation mean? Well, for me, what it certainly isn’t is a handful of individuals sitting around in a lab work-shopping cool ideas to trial.
It’s about responding to challenges and finding new solutions that can work.
Housing has many challenges: the shortage of affordable homes in areas of high demand; the affordability of running a home for social housing tenants; universal credit; skills shortages in the building industry; environmental sustainability of homes; fuel poverty.
I could keep going.
With challenges like these, it’s clear we need to think differently while also staying true to our core mission of providing safe, affordable and warm homes….
A group of leaders from the housing industry met for the first-time last week to discuss how to improve diversity across the sector.
The Leadership 2025 Advisory Board has been established to support housing associations to implement the five recommendations of the Leadership 2025 Review on creating a more diverse sector, and to monitor their progress.*
At this inaugural meeting, the Mayor of London’s Office confirmed its commitment to ensuring that the capital’s housing sector can draw on the talents of people from the widest possible range of backgrounds.
The Board includes:
Gina Amoh (Chair) – Chief Executive of Inquilab HA and Chair of BME Landlords London.
David Montague – Chief Executive, L&Q
Jamie Ratcliff – Assistant Director of Housing, GLA
Shaun Scantlebury – Director, EY People Advisory Services
Elly Hoult – Chair, CIH Futures
Emma Maier – Editor, Inside Housing
And is supported by Altair Specialist Housing Consultants.
The Board will meet on a quarterly basis over the next year to consider how the sector can ensure that best practice, from both within and beyond housing, is truly embedded in housing association practices.
Securing a place on the Leadership 2025 programme, together with acquiring the role of Director of Operations/Deputy CEO at YMCA West London, alongside turning 50 years of age were a few of my most momentous accomplishments of 2017.