The Importance of Innovation

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….

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