A senior associate with Anthony Collins Solicitors, Hall advises on commercial, contract, property, and company law. He regularly advises insurance companies, commercial lenders and charities in relation to financial services issues, and provides advice on a host of IT-related matters. Of these, Hall provides advice on electronic trading, hardware/software licensing and telecommunications installations, and works with charities and financial services companies on IT and technology issues.
Ian Ormondroyd is a solicitor in the social housing team at Cobbetts LLP, specialising in litigation and housing management advice for registered social landlords. This involves advice and proceedings dealing with anti-social behaviour issues including possession claims and ASB injunctions. His expertise also includes other tenancy issues such as rent arrears and access for gas servicing as well as housing disrepair claims, tenancy agreements and a variety of housing management issues.
Jerry Gilbert is one of the founding Partners of Ark Housing Consultancy. His early career was in ICT and he has worked for a number of blue chip organisations in positions up to board level. Since then he has been directly involved in housing, in both the private and social sectors, for over twenty five years.
Immediately prior to starting Ark, Gilbert was a main board director for a major national house-builder, in charge of all the corporate functions. His final role was managing director of their Business Development Division and as part of this role he created, and had full operational responsibility for the Partnership Housing Division
At Ark he has bought his considerable management skills to bear on the affordable housing sector specialising in performance improvement and problem solving with particular emphasis on development, regeneration and asset management.
John McCormack is an education and research consultant in the social housing sector. Previously, he worked as a training co-ordinator in a large regional housing association, in between periods of teaching in both further and higher education. He has had several articles on tenant participation and learning published in international, scholarly journals.
Karen Armitage is the chief executive of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). She has worked in social housing since 1987, serving with Warrington Borough Council (Golden Gates Housing) and later as director of the ALMO Wigan and Leigh Housing before taking on her current role.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), she also serves on the CIH UK Housing Panel and is also a member of the CIH’s governing board. She has also been active on the Children’s Safeguarding Board at Wigan Council, the Children’s Trust Board at Stafford, and also on Stafford Borough Strategic Board.
Armitage works with the ‘Generate’ group of chief executives in the housing sector looking at ways to influence policy and achieve value for money by working in partnership. Karen is committed to influencing the agenda for housing and committed to adding valuable services that benefit the communities that she serves
Roland Simmons is a knowledge transfer partnership associate with the Age Research Centre at the University of Coventry. He is currently 12 months into a two-year ground-breaking project to develop a management intervention toolkit and training programme around compulsive hoarding.
As well as increasing knowledge on the issue, the programme also aims to provide a procedure so that OCR and other agencies can work effectively with people who hoard. The toolkit will include a series of case studies to show effective interventions and also how to measure improvement and techniques to prevent relapse.
In 2010, Simmons qualified with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Coventry University. During his time studying he completed successful placements in a hospital setting, community mental health (supporting people with dementia and schizophrenia) and working with young homeless people between the ages of 16-24. The skills he learned in those three years have been crucial to the work he is involved with in current role.
Steve Coffey is the chief executive of Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).
Back in 2008, against the backdrop of the credit crunch, he finalised the UK’s largest single Gap Funding deal and established an investment programme worth £400 million to regenerate homes across the city.
The programme was completed in March ahead of schedule and exceeded the 135 promises LMH made to Liverpool City Council. Under his leadership, LMH has since moved to a new phase that will see a development programme of 1,000 new homes and a transformation of LMH to become a ‘social entrepreneur’.
Coffey has developed a vision for social housing, believing it should take a more entrepreneurial approach that creates ‘social dividend’ – reinvesting profits into communities. He is also Chairman of Procurement for Housing, the largest collective procurement vehicle in the social housing sector with annual spend under management in excess of £120 million.
Steve White is a leader with an extensive track record of transformational change in organizations, most recently as chief executive of Scottish housing association Blackwood.
He has worked across the third, public and private sectors, from Edinburgh Building Services, where he improved productivity by 40%, to his successful restructure and cultural transformation of Lewisham’s environmental service.
A nationally recognised motivational speaker on cultural change, White is said to inspire commitment through imaginative and creative leadership. Developing human potential through empowerment, confidence and leadership training are the keys he uses to unlock the untapped potential within organisations.
Suresh Lal, a consultant with Odgers Interim, is a member of the firm’s public sector interim management practice. Based primarily in the London office, he has responsibility for placing interim executives across all social housing registered providers in the UK. After graduating with an honours degree in Geography from Brunel University, Lal worked as a trainee auditor with the Audit Commission before joining a leading global recruitment business.
He spent six and half years initially working with social housing clients across London, successfully delivering on a number of senior interim appointments. Originally from Wolverhampton, he now resides permanently in London and is a fanatical supporter of the Ferrari Formula1 team.