South West member groups

Find out how you can get involved with member groups in the South West.

South West Chief Executive Forum

The South West Chief Executive Forum is open to all housing association chief executives in the region, and acts as a place where chief executives can share information, challenges and expertise on the issues that matter to them.

It is the key forum for South West Chief Executives to hear and influence NHF work and our sectors relationship with Government. John Clark chairs this group. 


  • John Clark, Chief Executive, Plymouth Community Homes
  • Selina White, Chief Executive, Magna Housing (Vice Chair)

South West Quarterly Conference

Our quarterly National Housing Federation South West conference provides an opportunity for chief executives, board members, chairs and senior directors from across the region to come together.

At this conference we hear from external speakers including regular updates from Homes England, the Social Housing Regulator and other exciting, relevant speakers. This is also members opportunity to hear updates on the Federations activities and feed into and shape our work.

To join the circulation list for more information on each upcoming meeting email the Admin Team.

Communications Network

Contacts are key for any communications professional, so why not join the South Communications Network to share expertise and good practice with colleagues across the South West. It is also a great way to get your organisation involved in the Federation's media and campaigning work.

Chair: Becci Cox, Yarlington Housing Group

Federation contact: Rick Lloyd

Development Group

The group meets quarterly to discuss all of the key issues affecting the delivery of new affordable housing in the South West. Covering everything from planning law and process to sustainable development, guest speakers attend to talk on a variety of development related subjects, with regular slots for the Homes and Communities Agency and planning experts Tetlow King.

Chair: Stephen Lodge, Yarlington

Governance Network

We welcome anyone who deals with housing sector governance and would like to share good practice, discuss challenges and identify solutions with colleagues from across the region.

Aims and outcomes of the group:

  • Network, troubleshoot and discuss ideas with peers across the sector
  • Share good practice, expertise, knowledge and information
  • Build links and network with people facing the same challenges as you
  • Tap into others’ expertise and awareness of current issues
  • Learn about and raise awareness of current issues
  • Be part of a unified voice on consultations and policy development
  • Potential to work together to achieve tangible value for money outcomes by sharing training for ourselves and board members

Chair: Lucy Rickson, Westward Housing Group

HAMMAR (Housing Asset Management, Maintenance and Regeneration)

For those involved in social housing maintenance and asset management, South West HAMMAR is the forum for sharing information, improving knowledge and communicating with like-minded people in this field.

Being a member of this group will also enable you to play a role in advising the National Housing Federation on issues related to specialist subjects within the field.

Chair: Stephen Chalmers

Incomes and Inclusion Group

This group meets quarterly to discuss everything to do with rent collection and financial inclusion. Guest speakers give presentations on operational and strategic issues. Sharing best practice is at the heart of how the group functions.

Chair: Ian Cory, Aster 

Other practitioner groups

Who to speak to

Member and Business Support team