Code of Governance review

We’re reviewing our Code of Governance with a view to publishing a new version, which will reflect timely issues affecting our sector, such as accountability to residents, health and safety, and equality and diversity in our organisations.

We have designed a three-stage review process to ensure that all of our members – as well as residents and stakeholders – have the opportunity to feed into this review.

1. Open consultation

This first phase of the consultation – on the core principles framing the code.

(Closed 13 March)


2. Collaborative drafting process

We have appointed Campbell Tickell to work with us and our advisory group on the drafting of a new code. This will be informed by responses to our first phase consultation.

3. Final consultation on draft code

We will share the draft code for comments through an open consultation process. 


Once the code is drafted, we want to seek further input from members and stakeholders. We had originally anticipated that this phase would begin in May 2020. However, due to the coronavirus crisis, we are focusing our resources on supporting our members through the immediate challenges. We also want to ensure that our members have sufficient time and resource to contribute constructively to the consultation.

We have therefore taken the decision to postpone the third phase of the review, the final consultation on the new code, until later this year. We cannot confirm a date for this yet, but this work remains a priority for the NHF and we will aim to resume this as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

Advisory group

Our advisory group is guiding the development of a new NHF Code of Governance. The members of the group bring with them a wide range of expertise and perspectives in the housing sector and beyond.

  • Nick Abbey, Chair, Hundred Houses Society and Chair, Tower Hamlets Community Housing
  • Sarah Bell, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Neil Blanchard, Chief Executive, Southdown Housing Association
  • Janet Boston, Board Member, Chorus Homes
  • Anne Chapman, Assistant Director – Governance and Compliance, Golding Homes, Deputy Chair, Eldon Housing and Vice-Chair, CIH
  • Steve Douglas CBE, Chair, One Housing Group
  • Adrian Gordon, Governance Manager, Together Housing Group
  • Sarah Greenhalgh, Senior Associate, Bevan Brittan LLP
  • Mark Henderson, Chief Executive, Home Group
  • Grainne Heselwood, Chair, Salix Homes
  • Bjorn Howard, Group Chief Executive, Aster Group
  • Pamela Leonce, Chair, Inquilab Housing Association
  • Maxine Loftus, Senior Assistant Director of Regulatory Operations, Regulator of Social Housing
  • Chris Martin, Group Company Secretary and Legal Services Director, Places for People Group 
  • Reverend James Olanipekun, Vice Chair of the Board, Poplar HARCA
  • Zoe Ollerearnshaw, Director of Governance, Hyde Housing
  • Dave Shaw, Head of Governance, Great Places Housing Group
  • Fayann Simpson, Board Member, L&Q
  • James Tickell, Partner, Campbell Tickell
  • Joanne Tilley, Executive Director of Corporate Services, emh group

Who to speak to

Paul Bayly, Head of Governance and Compliance