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Meet your HouseProud Management Board

Co-chairs

Jamie Hickling 

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Jamie works with WLM (West London Mission) overseeing services in Southwark, Lambeth and Westminster. He leads teams delivering supported housing, low cost housing, winter provision, adult education and community hubs. He has worked in homelessness services for over 20 years and is excited by the role of arts, sport and community to enfranchise people. 

Back in 2014-2016, Jamie was the Co-Chair of St. Mungo’s LGBTQ+ network and helped to develop a strategy to think across diversity strands, intersectionality and about coproduction for which Stonewall ‘Network of the Year 2016’ was won as part of the workplace equality index. 

Jamie is passionate about lifelong learning opportunities and thinks it is never too late to learn from each other. He has completed study with Birkbeck and Central St Martins in the last 10 years and hopes to keep learning.

 

Jamie says, “HouseProud has been a real lifeline for me in terms of development opportunities and support networks. I’m pleased to be able to support the work of HouseProud as Co-chair and look forward to strengthening the unity of purpose over the next year.”

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Dewbien Plummer  

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Dewbien is an experienced housing professional with 20 years’ experience in tenancy & leasehold management for local authorities, ALMO’s & G15 registered social providers. In addition, her first home was a council property and many of her family members still live in social housing properties.

Currently Head of Housing Strategy and Improvement at the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south-east London.

 

As a member of the LGBT+ community; Dewbien identifies as bi/pan sexual; and as a woman of Caribbean descent (black). She's very passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly as it relates to those of us with ‘multiple’ identities and how we can improve the experience of our colleagues and residents.

 

Throughout her career Dewbien has been involved in the leadership and co-ordination of a number of staff networks including; LGBT, Women’s and the Race Equality Network. 

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Board Members 

Sophie Collinge 

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Sophie has worked for housing associations for over eight years and has a strong commitment to the housing sector and the residents that it assists.

In 2018 Sophie became the first employee in the recently merged Peabody to transition and has since been an active participant in the Peabody LGBT+ Network. Sophie is on the steering group of this committee, representing trans and gender non-conforming employees, and is currently working with the committee to develop a policy for employees intending to transition at work. 

Sophie has helped with increasing awareness in the company of trans issues and employees through participation in related information sessions and also by publishing on the company Intranet about the significance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as some personal history of her journey. 

Sophie has also been active in regards to trans issues outside of work for many years, attending events and being part of the discussion. Sophie is passionate about the issues and the people that make up the community and she is dedicated to helping spread awareness to improve the lives of trans people.

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Miles Lanham

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Miles is Director of Customer Service and Operations at SW9 Community Housing, part of the Network Homes Group. He is also Vice-Chair of Coin Street Housing Co-op on London's South Bank, and works on transforming housing management departments, leading and developing customer-centric models. He has recently supported Octavia, Notting Hill Genesis and Newlon Housing Trust on their journey to more resident-centred provision. 

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.

Maari Nastari

 

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Maari began her LGBTIQ+ career as a Young People’s Officer at LGBT Foundation in Manchester. Moving to AKT, Maari then set up and managed a new pathway project for LGBTIQ+ homeless youth. This project was particularly close to Maari’s heart, having been an LGBTIQ+ homeless youth herself. The pathway brought AKT, Stonewall Housing, the (now defunct) LGBT mental health charity PACE and the LGBTIQ+ anti-violence organisation Galop together, forming a partnership known as the LGBT Jigsaw. Alongside managing the LGBT Jigsaw, Maari worked as the Development Officer for AKT, assisting the development of a short term crisis accommodation service for young people, the Purple Door project. 

In 2013, Maari left LGBT Jigsaw and became the Advice Team Manager for Stonewall Housing, managing a team of housing advocates on a range of projects including domestic abuse, young people, mental health and general housing advice. In 2016, Maari was promoted to Director of Services for Stonewall Housing, overseeing all of the advice and supported housing services, including a range of accommodation services.

In 2021, Maari was appointed as the interim CEO of the Outside Project. At the time, The Outside Project were reflecting on the impact of the pandemic on the queer community and subsequent development of the organisation's services. This domestic abuse work carried out by The Outside Project over the pandemic has since been developed into a new independent non-profit, Star Support LGBTIQ CIC. Maari is currently the CEO of this organisation and working towards setting up the UK’s first accommodation service for survivors of domestic abuse. 

 

Maari holds an BA(Hons) in Community Studies and postgraduate awards in Social Work and Leadership and Management. She has previously sat on the Board for Galop and the Persian LGBT Advisory Service.

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Pamela Sinnott 

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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

Tina Wathern 

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Tina is Resident Engagement lead for Housing 21, a provider of housing for people over 55’s where she has strategic responsibility for Resident Engagement across Housing 21.

Tina was previously the Director of Education and Engagement for Stonewall Housing where she worked for 11 years. She had responsibility for Stonewall Housing’s national work which included facilitating national LGBT projects, writing about LGBT housing for various publications and academic journals and coordinating Stonewall Housing’s networks.

 

Tina was also the lead trainer for Stonewall Housing and is the creator of Stonewall Housing’s Inclusion standard. Tina is an experienced trainer facilitating training on LGBTQ+ topics. 

 

Before working in the LGBTQ+ sector Tina’s background was in Domestic Abuse services.

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