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 appointed Campbell Tickell to work with us and our advisory group on the drafting of a new code. The new draft, which has been informed by responses to our first phase consultation, is being shared with members and stakeholders in our final phase consultation.

3. Final consultation on draft code

We launched this phase of the consultation on 5 August, and it is open until 6 September 2020. Find out more



In the final phase of the consultation, we are sharing the draft code with members and stakeholders for their input. We had originally planned to launch this phase in May 2020. However, due to the coronavirus crisis, we postponed the consultation so that we could focus our resources on supporting our members through the immediate challenges. We are now in a position to resume this important work, and launched the final phase of the consultation on 5 August until 6 September 2020. 

We plan to publish the final code in November 2020.

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