Meet your HouseProud Steering Group
Anna Kear - Co-chair
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Anna is CEO of Tonic Housing Association working to create LGBT+ retirement communities. Although new to the HouseProud Committee, Anna has worked closely with HouseProud in her role as Chair of the ‘Housing with Pride’ steering group to actively promote LGBTQ+ residents inclusivity and affirmative action in social housing.
Anna is also Chair of the ‘Building Safe Choices’ action research group working with Stonewall Housing and Opening Doors London. She is a member of the London Housing Panel, working with the GLA on policy changes on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Anna has worked in the social housing sector for over 30 years. Prior to joining Tonic, Anna was Executive Director of UK Cohousing and active in the growing community-led housing movement helping establish new community-led housing hubs across the country.
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.
Sophie Collinge - Trans Officer
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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.
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 - Press and Communications Officer
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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.
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.
Recently Asif led a lively and informative collaborative discussion, working across the sector and sharing best practice for Black History Month 2020
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
Cressida Stanley-Williams - National Membership Officer
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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.
Daniel Hibbs-Woodings - Events Officer
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Daniel works for Tonic Housing as their lead on Community Engagement and Outreach. Tonic aims to become the first LGBT+ affirming extra-care provider in the UK. Prior to this Daniel worked in housing management for Notting Hill Genesis, then moved to community work, where he led on the delivery of community-based events and consultations as part of the current NHG/Southwark Council Aylesbury Estate regeneration.
Daniel was the co-chair of ERIC, NHG's company LGBTQ+ network as well as an active member on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel. He also worked on various projects and initiatives to promote positive mental health of staff and residents alike. He is a keen advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees and migrants and has worked on multiple projects to this aim, as well as on a variety of other London-based projects such as the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre.
He has recently returned from a 2 year break living in Germany, where he founded a successful non-profit organisation offering artistic workshops to disadvantaged groups.
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