Yorkshire and Humberside member groups

Find out how you can get involved with member groups in Yorkshire and Humberside.

If you have any questions about our groups, contact our External Affairs Manager for Yorkshire and Humberside:

Yorkshire and Humberside Chief Executive Forum 

This group 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. This group is chaired by Geraldine Howley (Incommunities) and meets every quarter.

Interest groups

Care and Support Group

The Yorkshire and Humberside Care and Support Group provides information and shares good practice amongst associations and other providers. It links to the Federation’s Supporting People’s Providers Forum, enabling the group to benefit from the Federation’s national work and providing a mechanism for consultation.

The meetings include opportunities to hear from speakers on national and local topics, opportunities for consultation, and for sharing intelligence and good practice.

Chair: Kate Spencer, York Housing Association

Communications Network

The Yorkshire and Humberside communications network meets approximately once every three months. The network provides an opportunity for those with responsibility for PR and communications to come together share good practice and ideas and learn from one another.

Chair: Mervin Straughan, Yorkshire Housing

Federation Contact: James Grant

Design and Standards Group

This is a joint initiative between the Federation and Homes and Communities Agency. The group meets quarterly and has a focus on issues including retrofitting, construction methods, procurement efficiency, sustainability, new technologies and meeting development standards.

Finance Group

The group meets around three times a year to discuss finance policy and its impact on housing associations operating in Yorkshire and Humberside. The group receives regular updates from the Federations finance staff, has guest speakers and input from the HCA.

Chairs: Sean Flynn, Connect Housing Association and Darren Cooper, Leeds Federated Housing Association

Human Resources Forum

The human resources group in Yorkshire and Humberside operates as a joint forum with the North East. The group meet on a quarterly basis, holding the meetings in a variety of locations discussing relevant HR issues. This includes sharing best practice, arranging guest speakers and benchmarking key information.

Chair: Megan Henderson, Leeds Federated Housing Association

Small Housing Association Forum

The aim of the group is to bring together smaller housing associations to share good practice and carry out joint work from across Yorkshire and Humberside and the North East. The group meets on a quarterly basis and feeds into the Federation’s national Smalls Group. Meeting include specialist topical speakers.

Chair: Rotating Chair. Contact: Jo Allen.

Development Group

This group meets quarterly to discuss issues related to development in Yorkshire and Humber and to share best practice. It is an opportunity for members to network with peers and explore ways of collaborating and learning from each other to deliver new housing in the region.  The group hears from topical speakers and from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Chairs: Rotating Chair. Contact: Jo Allen.

Senior Managers Forum

This group is an opportunity for senior managers across a range of responsibilities within housing associations (generally reporting to the chief executive) to meet quarterly to network with peers, discuss key issues affecting the sector, share best practice and explore opportunities for collaboration. The group hears from topical speakers and members are encouraged to play an active role in agenda setting.

Chairs: Rotating Chair. Contact: Jo Allen.