In a collection of short articles, members of the Finance Policy Advisory Group (FPAG) have commented on the impact of coronavirus on the sector, in their own organisations, and across all regions of England. Nathan Mallows, Director of Finance & IT at Coastline Housing Group and Chair of FPAG, reflects on the past few months and outlines the content provided by the group.
In these times, unprecedented in recent history, I am thankful to be surrounded in different parts of my life by brilliant people who can offer their thoughts and insight into such uncharted waters. Through this crisis, all of us in FPAG are doing our best to keep our residents, communities, staff, and loved ones safe.
From a professional point of view, the board, executive and my colleagues at Coastline provide a generous balance of challenge, support and encouragement – and in a wider sense, chairing FPAG has given me access to a breadth of knowledge and experience that continues to be of real benefit to me and my housing association.
With that in mind, we have brought together a series of articles looking at the impact of coronavirus on the sector, not with a single voice of expertise, but like many of the meetings of this group a variety of thoughts from across the country and from organisations both large and small:
Susan Hickey, Board Member, Westmoreland Supported Housing Association
Michelle Allott, Director of Finance, Together Housing Group
David Armstrong, Chief Financial Officer, Flagship Group
Phil Day, Group Finance Director, The Guinness Partnership
Phil Elvy, Executive Director of Finance, Great Places Housing Group
Nasreen Hussain, Director of Finance & Resources, Soha Housing
Rob Griffiths, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Financial Officer, Longhurst Group
James Walder, Executive Director of Finance & Business Support, North Star
Lawrence Morris, Policy Officer, National Housing Federation
I hope these articles provide some reference points for what different organisations are doing to continue to provide much needed services during this pandemic, and also give you the impetus to get involved with your regional finance forum if you are not currently.
As we transition to whatever our new normal might be, I think one of the things that isolation seems to have delivered is more communication, more content, more connections and more patience and understanding.
Hopefully, in addition to giving you a cross-check of the things other finance teams are doing, these articles will prompt you to get involved with your regional forum – details of the chairs of these below.
If you're interested in making contact or getting involved with your regional forum, please email the NHF.