David Orr

David Orr

Chief Executive

David began working as a deputy warden at a homeless centre in Glasgow before becoming a co-ordinator at Centrepoint in London. He joined Newlon Housing Trust as Chief Executive and four years later became Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. In July 2005, David was appointed chief executive of the National Housing Federation.

David is the former president of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing. He has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the board of Homeless International. He also sits on the board of The Housing Finance Corporation , was a member of the Social Investment Task Force and is one of the founding directors of My Home Finance, a social enterprise set up by the Federation to provide a new high street service offering affordable loans, money advice, bank accounts and linked savings accounts. He is also a co-opted member of the Homeless International Council of Management.

David was awarded an honorary membership of the CIH in 2010.

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Tel: 020 7067 1021
Twitter: @natfedDavid

Ruth Davison

Ruth Davison

Executive Director - Public Impact

Ruth has worked in a variety of strategy and communication roles, including locally and nationally in the National Health Service, the Audit Commission, the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government and in academia.

She is also a member of the Homes and Communities Agency board advisory group on equality and diversity.

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Tel: 020 7067 1071
Twitter: @natfedRuth

Gill Payne

Gill Payne

Executive Director - Public Impact

Gill has worked in a variety of management and strategy roles across the private and public sector. She has worked for Eagle Star Assurance Company, the Financial Services Authority and in 2001 joined the Countryside Agency. As Director of Organisation and Development (OD) she led work to establish Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC).

She was Director for Communications and OD at the CRC and was interim CEO. Gill joined the National Housing Federation in October 2011 to job share with Ruth Davison.

Gill is also a trustee of the Cheltenham, Cirencester and Tewkesbury Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Tel: 020 7067 1093
Twitter: @GillCSPayne

Simon Nunn

Simon Nunn

Executive Director - Member Services

Simon has worked in a range of national policy and public affairs roles. He has also worked in a corporate policy role in local government, marketing and hosted his own shows on Radio Caroline. Simon leads the Federation’s work on housing issues affecting members across England.

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Tel: 0117 952 9915