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Michelle McKenna is the Editor of Housing magazine and the Housing Excellence website.

Mike Rees is a partner based in the Cardiff office of national property consultancy Bruton Knowles

Monika Slowikowska is the founder of high-end residential developer Golden Houses Development. She has worked in the UK construction industry for over 16 years, holding multiple roles in engineering, architectural and construction companies.

Morayo Fagborun-Bennett specialises in all areas of landlord and tenant and property law. She also regularly acts in disrepair and dilapidation proceedings, service and estate charge disputes and residential and commercial lease renewals. Her public law practice includes community care, Court of Protection, deprivation of liberty, welfare benefits, homelessness, judicial review and discrimination law. She provides training to legal professionals, housing officers and students in property, social housing, welfare benefits and employment law, and participates in marking the Employment Law FRU Option on the BPTC at City University.

Nigel Wilson is the chief executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He is also chairman of JV North, a joint-venture company formed in 2007 by a group of 10 housing associations, nine of them based in the North West.

Paula Higgins is the founder and chief executive of the HomeOwners Alliance.

Paula Higgins is the chief executive of the HomeOwners Alliance, which she founded after noticing the lack of a voice for homeowners in Britain.

The organisation was established as a means to lobby for policies and industry practice to get a better deal for homeowners and restore trust in homeownership. Among its activities, the HomeOwners Alliance also aims to provide advice and services.

With three million visitors a year, her website is one of Britain's most popular and fastest growing property advice websites, staying true to her mission to help homeowners facing some of the biggest and most complex decisions of their lives.  

She provides leadership and strategic vision driving the organisation forward and has built a strong team. She has also become a respected commentator and advocate for homeowners and is regularly quoted in the media and appears on radio and TV.

Phil Shelton is the chief executive of SDS, the Housing Specialists. He has held this role since 2009, but he started working in the family business back in 2002 to help support customers using the viability software system, SDS ProVal. He quickly recognised the need for a development management system, and so began work on what has become the partner product to ProVal, SDS Sequel. Before joining SDS, he had worked on P&O cruise ships as a photographer.

Sian Evans is a property litigation partner partner at Weightmans LLP

Snéha Khilay is an expert in cultural diversity, unconscious bias and is a specialist adviser on bullying and harassment in the workplace. As the managing director of Blue Tulip Training, she has provided training and consultancy to public and private organisations for over 15 years. She also provides support to staff (and managers) who wish to develop their personal impact at work through effective communication skills.

Stacy Eden is head of property & construction at audit, tax and advisory firm, Crowe Clark Whitehill

Sue Chalkley joined Hastoe Group in 2007 and is currently its chief executive. She has worked in social housing for 38 years. She is a member of the Rural Housing Advisory Group and is a previous chair of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Alliance.

Before joining Hastoe, Chalkley worked for Gallions Housing Association as director of development and regeneration and operations director, and for Housing 21 as regional director (South East). She began her career in a quantity surveying practice

A former director of the National Flood Forum, she currently chairs a local flood group.

Will Price is an architectural technologist at chartered surveyor and property consultancy, Sanderson Weatherall. He works across a broad spectrum of projects, within a variety of industry sectors, and advises on all aspects of architectural design, from concept to completion. He specialises in office and retail design along with multiple-unit residential developments.

Andrew Robinson is a managing partner at Andrew Granger & Co (www.andrewgranger.co.uk), one of the largest independent chartered surveyors and estate agencies in the East Midlands. An RCIS fellow and registered valuer, Robinson has represented clients on both sides of large public infrastructure projects.

Angela Forshaw is director of landlord services at Liverpool Mutual Homes.

Bill Midgley is the chair of the board of trustees at Leazes Homes, a social landlord operating primarily in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Brian Simpson is the chief executive of Magenta Living, the Wirral's leading social landlord. The company is one of the largest housing associations in the North West, with 12,500 properties in its portfolio.


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