South West member groups

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

If you have any questions about our groups, contact our External Affairs Manager for the South West:

South West Housing Futures Group

The South West Housing Futures Group is the regional committee for the South West. This group acts as a place where chief executives, chairs and senior directors can share information, contribute to and shape the broad policies and strategies of the Federation. The Group sets the priorities and ambitions for the sector and the National Housing Federations regional activities.


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


If you want to know more about the South West Housing Futures Group, or to get involved, please contact the Admin Team.

South West Quarterly Conference

Our quarterly National Housing Federation South West conference provides an opportunity for chief executives, 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.

Interest groups

Communities and Support Network

The Communities and Support Network brings together community investment and care and support into one group.  Half of the meeting is used to focus on employment, skills, volunteering, social enterprise, neighbourhood sustainment and community development. Sharing best practice and information is at the heart of the network's aims, but it also offers guest speakers on operational and strategic issues.

The other half of the meeting is used to discuss issues and opportunities within the health, care and support agenda, share best practice and engage on strategic issues.

Joint chairs: Kathy Gilmore, Pete Davies and Paul Marshall, Liverty

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: Chris Bartlett, Radian

Governance Network

Our network welcomes 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. We meet twice a year and provide a forum for discussion with occasional speakers. View the group's website

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 that meet in the South West: