Meet your HouseProud Steering Group
Kevan Forde - Co-chair
Kevan is 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.
Cressida Stanley-Williams - Co-chair
Cressida has worked as part of the HouseProud committee for four 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 community services
Cressida is passionate about LGBT+ and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She co-chairs 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.
Aron Barrell - Administrator
Aron has worked in the housing sector for over eight years . He works as an Income Recovery Officer at Swan Housing Association, the largest housing association in Essex.
He has been pivotal in driving the EDI agenda at Swan, taking an innovative approach to cross sector and stakeholder engagement around LGBT+ issues - forging strong links with the Metropolitan Police. He currently chairs Swan Proud, Swan’s LGBT+ Network Group, which involves facilitating meetings, networking events and staff training.
Aron is Events Officer at HouseProud. This role involves planning, organising and taking part in the varied network speaker events, that take place throughout the year.
Aron brokered the HouseProud attendance at Essex Pride for three years to date, which has consolidated HouseProud's presence outside of London
Tomasz Herbasz - Young People's Officer
Tomasz is currently working as Customer Liaison Officer at The Guinness Partnership.
He has about 15 years’ experience volunteering with various youth organisations, at present he is a member of The Scouts and Army Cadet Force.
Tomasz is Young Members’ Officer at House Proud. He will lead in developing our Young Members’ strategy and work on increasing our Young Members’ membership.
Tomasz is polish and identifies as gay male.
In his spare time Tomasz likes to travel, last year he spent 47 days abroad. Tomasz believes that it is very important to get to know other cultures and appreciate them.
Miles Lanham - National Co-ordinator and website
Miles is currently an Acting Regional Head of Housing at Notting Hill Genesis, delivering housing management services across 7,000 homes in Westminster and west London
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.
He co-chaired the organisation for two years from its inception and on becoming Comunications 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 South East 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 and Lille.
Lynne Nicholls - Events Officer
Lynne Nicholls has over 16 years’ experience working across the Housing sector in London and works for Clarion Housing Association as Regional Head of Service Charges & Section 20; she is also the co-chair of their LGBT+ network.
In February 2016 she became the London board Independent board member for Watmos Housing Association and in 2017 became the Independent board member on the main board for Watmos Housing Association.
Lynne has been a passionate LGBT activist for 18 years, previously being the chair of the Pink Singers the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe. She became involved in HouseProud since its inception, taking on a variety of roles, and is currently HouseProud’s Co-Chair.
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.
She has most recently become a Diversity Role Model and speaks at events about her experience of bisexuality.
Jo Peres - Communications Officer
Jo has worked in housing since 2011. She is a Performance Analyst in Development Strategic Services within L&Q Housing. Her job is to provide performance reporting and analysis to the Development and Sales division.
Jo also has LGBT+ roles in her 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 she was really proud to win Diversity Champion of the year.
From the start Jo has been an active supporter of HouseProud. Now she says she wants to continue working with all housing providers so together we can build HouseProud that plays a pivotal role in these challenging times.
Pamela Sinnott - Membership Officer
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.
This year Pamela is the winner of Inclusivity Champion in the Women in Housing Awards 2018
John Stevens - Research Officer
John is Senior Policy Analyst at Clarion, and policy spokesperson 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.
Darryl Strawson - Events Officer
Darryl started off as a volunteer for a homeless day centre in Hackney in 1999, and became the chair of its board for a brief time. He has worked in cold weather shelters, day centres, supported housing, a care home and now works on the front line of supporting vulnerable adults in south Hackney as part of the Shoreditch Floating Support Service for Peabody.
As lead Unison steward at Peabody, he is involved with the Greater London Regional Community Service Group, which supports Unison members working in Housing Associations and charities.
Darryl has just been re-elected LGBT officer for the London Housing Association branch and is currently co-chair of the regional LGBT committee. At Peabody he is heavily involved in the continued development of our Staff LGBT Network.
As a member of the LGBT Residents Forum at Genesis Darryl was able to support HouseProud from the beginning and now represents Peabody on the Steering Committee for HouseProud.
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Contact HouseProud North West
HouseProud NorthWest has it's own programme of network events and meetings. You can contact their chair Tara Kelly on the link to your right.
HouseProud was set up in 2014 as the network group for LGBT people working in social housing. We now have around 50 represented organisations, from across the South East, East Anglia and the Midlands varying from housing associations, ALMOs, local authorities and care providers. These include:
A2Dominion; B3Living; Campbell Tickell; Catalyst; Central and Cecil; Clarion; Freebridge; Guinness Partnership; Habinteg; Hackney Homes; Hanover; HCA; Hexagon; Housing for Women; Isos; L&Q;
LB Kensington and Chelsea; LB Lambeth; Lewisham Homes; Greater London Assembly; Metropolitan;
Network; Newlon; NHF; Northwards Housing; Notting Hill Genesis; NU Living; Octavia; One Housing; Optivo; Origin; Outward Housing; Peabody; RBKC; Riverside; Reigate & Banstead; Shepherds Bush; St. Mungo's; Southern; Stoll;
Stonewall Housing; Swan; Thames Valley; Tower Hamlets Homes; Trowers; Wandle; West London Mission.
There is also a HouseProud North West who cover a large amount of the North of England around Manchester and Liverpool.
Membership is very simple - providing you are employed in social housing, you can be member - simply email our membership officer at HouseProud_LGBT@Outlook.com.
To be a forum for sharing information and promoting best practice across the industry and with HouseProud members
To support HouseProud members in their development and help mentor each other;
To raise awareness of LGBT issues across the industry;
To Influence policy and boards/decision makers;
To develop partnerships and support other organisations
To be a network and safe space for LGBT housing staff
To be a support and advocacy service for HouseProud members
Improve service delivery for all our service users
We are reliant on donations for our work, and are managed by a steering group of volunteers from across the our membership, who are elected each autumn at our AGM.