Welfare Reform Group

The role of the National Welfare Reform Group is to provide strategic direction and act as a sounding board at a national level for our work on welfare reform.

The role of the group is to:

  • Shape and influence the policy landscape on welfare reform by engaging and working with government ministers, officials and parliamentarians. 
  • Bring the sector together to collaborate, innovate and share practice and resources. 
  • Showcase the great work of the sector on welfare reform, building trust with the government and other key stakeholders. 

The group’s specific activities and work plan will be driven in part by the strategic direction laid out by the National Housing Federation’s Board and in part by changes in the external operating environment. The group will maintain a strategic focus, as this is where it best adds value to the NHF and sector and will ensure its areas of focus remain consistent with the strategic themes listed above.

The group is not a governance mechanism, so the onus will be on debate and engagement rather than lengthy papers and minutes. You will need to be able to attend a minimum of three of our four core meetings a year. What we promise you in return is a dynamic space with the opportunity to contribute to the NHF's policy-making, with high quality facilitation and support from our staff.

Group members

  • Sarah Rogers (Co-chair), Curo
  • Suzanne Halliwell (Co-chair), Thirteen Group
  • Richard Bampton (Vice-chair), A2Dominion Group
  • Liz Mount, Abri
  • Zabina Kauser, Anchor
  • Ian Cory, Aster Group
  • Amanda Ryan, bpha Ltd
  • Jon Dickin, Bromford Housing Group
  • Matt Ansell, Bromford Housing Group
  • Emily Shuttleworth, Hundred Houses Society
  • Sara Herrington, North Star Housing Group
  • Rob Davies, Onward Group
  • Claire Willis-Blake, Places for People
  • Claire Fouracre, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
  • Rachael Robinson, Rooftop Housing Group
  • Stephen Wright, Sanctuary Housing
  • Tosin Durojaiye, The Pioneer Housing and Community Group
  • Janette Pearce, Together Housing Group
  • Tansy Crowley-Sweet, whg
  • Angela Havens, Yorkshire Housing Ltd

Who to speak to

Ed Barber, External Affairs Manager