South East member groups

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

If you have any questions about our groups, contact the Federation lead for the relevant group below. 

South East Standing Board

Federation contact: Eve McMahon

The South East Standing Board is made up of ten members drawn from housing associations across the region. Its remit is to engage members and stakeholders in the South East in the work of the National Housing Federation, and to shape the South East Leaders' Forum. A standard term on the South East Standing Board is three years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive terms. If you are interested in joining the standing board please contact Eve.

The members are:

  • Mark Perry, Vivid, Chair
  • Jonathan Higgs, Raven Housing Trust
  • Jackie Bligh, Worthing Homes
  • Dean Gill, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust
  • Sue Lakin, Cottsway
  • Jane Porter, Optivo
  • Denise Rajchel, PHA Homes
  • Craig Reynolds, West Kent Housing Association
  • Raife West, Havant Housing Association

South East Leaders’ Forum

This is a new quarterly event for senior executives from housing associations operating in the South East, to provide input into the Federation’s work. Meetings will focus on national themes, such as the Green Paper on Social Housing, but with feedback from a regional point of view. It will also provide space for networking with key housing leaders in the South East.

Practitioner groups

Communications network

Federation contact: Anna Duggal

Contacts are key for any communications professional. The South East communications network is a forum for members to share expertise and good practice from across the South East, whilst being proactive in highlighting the excellent work of housing associations. The group meets at the Federation’s offices in Lion Court, London.

Chair: Megan Aubrey, Sovereign Housing Association


Federation contact: Eve McMahon

The South East Development group meet regularly to discuss development issues in the region and share experience and innovation. The group is an opportunity to hear from peers and from speakers from Homes England, the Federation and other relevant organisations. 

Chair: Marie Riordan, Stonewater

London and South East Finance group

Federation contact: John Butler

The Finance group has restructured, moving from a series of one-off events to a group that meets four times a year to discuss issues specific to housing association finance. Examples include the SORP and accounting practices, lender attitudes and available finance, good practices and issues for future business planning. The group meets at the Federation's offices in Lion Court, London.

London and South East Housing management group

Federation contact: Sarah-Jane Gay

The Federation's housing management group aims to bringing together a wide range of members to discuss the innovative work undertaken by housing associations across the sector, to keep on top of current and up-coming government and sector policy and to share best practice in the fields of housing management, neighbourhood engagement and partnership working. Also giving the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the housing sector.

In November 2012 the group held a joint meeting with the London Housing Management group to focus on Welfare reform and related issues. Following on from this meeting it was agreed that, given the priority of Welfare reform and its impact on tenants and housing associations businesses the group would continue to meet jointly, every quarter, for the next 12/18 months with a focus on Welfare Reform impacts and associated work.

The group meetings in the Federation’s offices in Lion Court, London

Chair: Deborah Pike, Rosebery Housing Association (SE) and Howard Dawson (London)

Home ownership group

Federation contact: Eve McMahon

The South East home ownership group meets quarterly to discuss and address both strategic and operational issues faced by housing associations working within the wide range of home ownership services. Meetings are held at the Federation's offices at Lion Court, London.

Chair: Miranda Foster, Radian 

Smaller housing associations forum

Federation contact: Eve McMahon

If the housing association you work for has up to 1000 units, this is for you. Whether you're on the board or are a member of staff, join this forum to share information and network, hear from expert speakers on current topics and debate and discuss the key issues. Three half-day seminars are held each year at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Chair: Diana Kingdon, Greenoak Housing Association

Health, care and supported housing group

Federation contact: Eve McMahon

The South East health, care and supported housing group meets quarterly in London and is attended by chief executives and directors in the region. Meetings include presentations from external stakeholders, provide a forum for discussion about topical strategic issues, and are attended by Federation staff to provide timely updates on emerging policy changes.

Chair: Jim Aspdin, Southdown