Meet your HouseProud Steering Group

Cressida Stanley-Williams - Co-chair

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Cressida has worked as part of the HouseProud committee for five years now and now takes up role of Co-Chair. Cressida has a 15 year history in housing operations and works for Anchor Hanover Group, the largest older people’s specialist housing provider, as a Service Development Manager with a focus on resident wellbeing.

​Cressida is passionate about LGBT+ and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She helped to establish, and co-chaired the Anchor Hanover Group’s LGBT+ staff network, alongside supporting the resident LGBT+ network group. What HouseProud achieves and how we can support LGBT+ housing professionals never fails to amaze her! Her focus is on continuing to have maximum impact in making the voice of LGBT+ colleagues heard as widely as possible within the sector.

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John Stevens - Co-chair

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John is Senior Policy Analyst at Clarion, and co-chair for HouseProud.

 

In 2015, on behalf of Affinity Sutton, John commissioned

London Southbank University to survey LGBT*Q residents at an event in Greenwich about their experiences housing, which raised issues around the ability of social landlords to deal effectively with cases of harassment.

Through HouseProud, John has subsequently spearheaded the coordination of ‘No Place Like Home?’, helping to build the coalition of housing providers and other stakeholders to work in association with the University of Surrey and Goldsmiths to deliver the study.

Faz Bukhari - Trans Officer

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Faz Bukhari has over 10 years of experience working with young people within the housing sector and over 5 years of working with lgbtqi+ young people.

 

By sharing his lived experience, Faz Bukhari, delivers a range of presentations, workshops and shares best practise at roundtable meetings at 10 Downing Street to encourage change and reform to existing policies. Faz also chairs the LGBTQI+ Steering Group within One Housing and provides regular resources and holds events to create an inclusive culture.

 

His drive to go that extra mile for young people and to be a voice and a beacon for those with marginalised voices, was recognised throughout the organisation where Faz was awarded the Young Person Award 2018. He has pro-actively and innovatively created tools to empower LGBTQI+ Young People and to encourage them into leadership roles and independence. This was recognised throughout the housing sector where Faz won the The Young Person Award 2019 at the 24 Housing Diversity Awards

Faz was also elected by the board to become the first young person who had used the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT)'s services, to become the President. As President Faz plays a key role in representing young people across the organisation, raising their concerns or suggestions and turning them into an action plan. Faz campaigns for AKT and has developed great personal and professional skills as the President and Ambassador for AKT.

Besides this, Faz delivers training to local authorities and councils specifically homeless units and explore ways to support and create holistic strategies for those with multiple layers of intersectionalities. The training explores what intersectionality looks like and what this means for the diverse range of people within our communities.  

Currently Faz is writing a book around trans experiences using accounts of poetry he has been writing since the age of 11.

 

 

Hugo Drummond - Young People's Officer

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Hugo is 27 and lives in Hackney, London. He has worked in housing for over 5 years and held a number of roles relating to inclusion. Hugo sees it his personal mission to improve equality in every work place he can impact. He volunteers actively in his local community and provides coaching to young people in Hackney.

Hugo says "I hope to engage and challenge young people, to question the traditional views which have impacted our environment. By challenging views at an early age we can really shape the future environment we are trying to create. Through knowledge comes understanding and through understanding comes respect and empathy".

Kevan Forde - Research Officer

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Kevan was Head of Innovation at Anchor Hanover Housing, a national provider of housing for older people.

 

He is particularly passionate about the housing and care needs of older LGBT people and is leading Hanover’s initiative to make an Extra Care estate in Brighton LGBT affirmative.

 

Kevan has an MSc in Social Policy and was a magistrate for seven years.

Miles Lanham - National Co-ordinator & Website

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Miles is Assistant Director of Housing at Octavia, delivering housing management services to 4500 properties across Central London. Octavia is the oldest housing association in the country

Miles established G-Force, the Genesis LGBT Network group in 2010, the Genesis LGBT Residents Forum in 2012, and was a founder of HouseProud in 2014, observing how well the different Housing Associations networked at diversity conferences. Miles was accepted onto the coveted Stonewall Leadership Conference in 2013

He co-chaired HouseProud for two years from its inception and on becoming Communications Officer created the website. Miles was nominated LGBT Diversity Champion of the Year in the 2017 NatWest LGBT Awards. 

Miles is also a passionate member of the CIH International Travel Group and travels abroad frequently to share best practice and global housing solutions. Miles's visits have taken him to Copenhagen, Detroit, Mumbai, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and Lille.

Lynne Nicholls - Events Officer

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Lynne Nicholls is a long-standing London housing sector professional, and heads up Regional Service Charges and Section 20 at Clarion Housing. She also co-chairs Clarion's LGBT+ staff network. She is a board member for Watmos Housing Association.

 

Lynne is a passionate LGBT+ activist,  and has chaired the Pink Singers -  the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe. She became involved in HouseProud at its inception, taking on a variety of roles, including co-chair and is currently HouseProud’s Events Officer.

 

Lynne has masterminded the HouseProud London Pride presence over many years, organising a vast number of housing staff and residents from many organisations to march together each year and alongside Pamela Sinnott founded HouseProud's bi-annual conference.

 

She is passionate about inclusive education and is a trustee for Schools Out and a speaker Diversity Role Models on bisexuality and faith.

Jo Peres - Communications Officer

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Jo has  worked in housing since 2011 and is  a Performance Analyst in Development Strategic Services within L&Q Housing. Their job is to provide performance reporting and analysis to the Development and Sales division.

Jo also has  LGBT+ roles in their organisation – co-chairing Spectrum, L&Q's LGBT+ network group, and is a core member of the Inclusion Committee. These network groups are the main consultative body for the development of new policies, procedures and initiatives which impact on EDI issues within L&Q. In 2016 they were really proud to win Diversity Champion of the year.

From the start Jo has been an active supporter of HouseProud. Now saying that they want to continue working with all housing providers so together we can build HouseProud that plays a pivotal role in these challenging times. 

Asif Rashid - BAME Officer

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Asif joined HouseProud in 2019 in the newly created BAME officer role to enable HouseProud to be reflective of the housing sector and encourage BAME housing professionals who identify as LGBT+ to be actively involved in the sector. 

 

Asif has over 20 years housing experience in a variety of disciplines.  Asif works for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH), a nationwide housing association offering housing, care & support services, older persons services and refugee support services across the county. 

 

Asif is also part of the MTVH colleague group called METRO, who represent colleague and customer groups in all equality, diversity & inclusion policy decisions the organisation makes.  Asif is passionate about equality and diversity and his focus is on authentically encouraging BAME groups to engage and have their voices heard and have an impact in making the voice of LGBT+ colleagues heard as widely as possible within the sector.

Pamela Sinnott - Membership Officer

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Pamela Sinnott is the Commercial Manager  for Care and Support at Notting Hill Genesis.  Notting Hill Genesis is   one of the largest housing associations in London and the south-east, providing homes to over 170,000 people in over 64,000 properties across the capital, home counties and East Anglia.  Pamela joined Notting Hill Housing in 2015.  Pamela is responsible for leading  the commercial development of care and support services for older people, successfully growing the turnover of the department year on year in line with the demand for housing care and support from and increasingly ageing population. 

 

Pamela has a 25 year track record of working in social housing within care and support, prior to working for Notting Hill Housing, Pamela led the commercial development of Metropolitan HA’s care and support directorate for over 8 years, having previously worked for Threshold Housing.

 

Pamela has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion which has seen her chair a number of  successful LGBT staff and resident  network groups including HouseProud.  She has also worked with colleagues to support an annual International Women’s Day event across social housing in London and several BAME events. 

 

Pamela was the winner of Inclusivity Champion in the Women in Housing Awards 2018

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