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Board member in the spotlight  Grainne Heselwood

Board member in the spotlight Grainne Heselwood

10 October 2019

Grainne Heselwood, Chair of Salix Homes
Grainne Heselwood, Chair of Salix Homes, describes her experience as a housing association chair, and offers advice on ensuring you have the right skills on your board and you’re prepared for the challenges ahead. Grainne also chairs our Board Member National Group, which guides and supports the Federation’s work for housing association board members.

Tagged with: Guest blog

How you can support #HousingDay 2019

How you can support #HousingDay 2019

7 October 2019

Leslie Channon is the organiser of #HousingDay
#HousingDay – an annual celebration of the important role housing associations play in society – is an opportunity for you to highlight the excellent work you do, and the many and various ways you’re making things better for everybody.

Tagged with: Investing in communities, Guest blog

Are you prepared for Gas Safety Week 2019?

Are you prepared for Gas Safety Week 2019?

9 September 2019

Scott Darroch is Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement at Gas Safe Register
Gas Safety Week (16-22 September 2019) sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tagged with: Building and fire safety, Guest blog

It’s time to talk about smoking

It’s time to talk about smoking

3 July 2019

Ciaran Osborne, Director of Policy at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
We know that housing is important to health. But while healthy housing conversations often focus on safety standards, build quality, protection from damp or ensuring homes are efficient and warm, we are missing a trick.

Tagged with: Health, care and housing, Guest blog,

Making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy

Making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy

11 April 2019

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
Two years on from the start of the Apprenticeship Levy and there is still confusion among large private and public sector employers about the obligations of the levy and how to make best use of it.

Tagged with: Employment and Skills, Guest blog,

Four lessons from a polar explorer about personal development and team leadership

Four lessons from a polar explorer about personal development and team leadership

27 March 2019

Antony Jinman is a polar explorer, team leader, founder and a speaker at the HR in Housing Conference and Exhibition 2019
Antony Jinman is most widely recognised for being the twelfth brit to have skied to the Geographic North Pole and ski solo to the Geographic South Pole. As a qualified International Mountain Leader, Antony leads teams in all manners of challenging environments. He is also the founder of LiketoBe, an online network for young people to achieve their career aspirations and for employers to create their optimum future workforce. Antony’s commitment to developing others has earned him an Honorary Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) from the University of the West of England.

Tagged with: Guest blog

Six questions board members should ask when discussing digital strategy with their executives

Six questions board members should ask when discussing digital strategy with their executives

8 March 2019

Peter Lunio is a Non-Executive Director at EPIC Housing and a Business Partner at Insights with Purpose
As a housing association board member and a technology advisor, I’m often surprised by how digitally unsavvy board members can be. I know some organisations are creating new technology forums, building the expertise of their board members, and strengthening IT governance – all with the aim of allowing boards to guide management by asking the right questions about the impact of technology.

Tagged with: Employment and Skills, Guest blog,

Together with Tenants – we will listen completely to tenants’ and residents’ voices

Together with Tenants – we will listen completely to tenants’ and residents’ voices

7 March 2019

Jacqui McKinlay is Chief Executive of Centre for Public Scrutiny
Last Friday, we hosted an engagement session with around a dozen tenants in Liverpool as part of the ‘Together with Tenants’ consultation. For two hours we listened, answered questions, and received lots of healthy challenge on all aspects of the plan and the detail of the charter commitments.

Tagged with: Together with Tenants, Guest blog

LGBT History Month – looking back and moving forwards

LGBT History Month – looking back and moving forwards

4 March 2019

Cressida Stanley-Williams, Service Development Manager – Community Services & Kevan Forde, Head of Innovation at Anchor Hanover
If we look back only 10 years to 2009, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and the Equalities Act was about to become law. People tended to talk about LGB people, not including the T we’re now all used to. Civil Partnerships were in place for Lesbians and Gay Men but not equal marriage. In the workplace it was rare to find staff networks for any specific groups, including LGBT+ people.

Tagged with: Guest blog,

Creating an Enviable Workplace

Creating an Enviable Workplace

5 February 2019

Andy Partridge, Founder of Enviable Workplace
Ahead of speaking at the HR in Housing 2019 conference, Andy shares his tips on creating a thriving workplace.

Tagged with: Guest blog

How housing associations can help in the fight to end domestic abuse

How housing associations can help in the fight to end domestic abuse

25 November 2018

Sian Hawkins is Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid Federation of England
On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women we want to thank housing associations who are working hard to protect survivors and support their local domestic abuse specialist organisations.

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