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I have several years' experience working as an independent researcher and consultant with local authorities and housing associations. Most recently I have been employed bymore...I have several years' experience working as an independent researcher and consultant with local authorities and housing associations. Most recently I have been employed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF), advising the UK government on issues of community involvement. During this time I have undertaken several action research projects and co-authored high profile research on community self-help, which was launched at the House of Commons.
I have a varied knowledge of the housing sector, having been involved in numerous improvement programmes for social housing providers. I recently finished an MSc by Research, which is an extensive study into the creation of community land trusts in housing demolition areas. This intensive academic study, along with my publications for CDF, have enabled me to develop a professional but engaging style of writing.
Area Covered: Housing, community development, research, social policy
Work Experience Summary: Community Development Foundation (CDF) – Practice Manager
CDF advises central government on issues of community development and empowerment. My work for CDF has entailed conducting support and research projects to better involve communities in public service issues, and advising government on relevant policy matters. This has entailed running hands-on, action research projects such as our impactful Art of Influence work. Other projects include research into Community Self-help, which was launched at the House of Commons in 2010 and is driving the implementation of the Big Society agenda in numerous local authorities. In 2009 I also co-authored authoritative guidance for local authorities on the Duty to Involve, working in conjunction with the Department for Communities Local Government.
Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) – Senior Research Officer
WDH are the biggest Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) housing association in the UK, owning 31,000 homes. The organisation appointed me to provide a clear evidence-based approach to service development, and to deliver key projects prior to Audit Commission inspection. Working with a team of researchers I developed new systems for ensuring tenant views informed service design. As a result of the Audit Commission inspection, WDH became the only housing association in the north of England to be awarded 3 stars and ‘excellent prospects’ for improvement.
QA Research - Head of Team (Housing and Built Environment)
In September 2004 I joined QA Research as Senior Researcher and in March 2005 I was given the responsibility of heading up a distinct Housing and Built Environment Team. During my sixteen months as Head of Team we delivered numerous contracts for national, regional and local government. Focusing on community engagement in housing and regeneration, clients included three Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders (HMRPs) and reputable charities such as Shelter. The Chartered Institute of Housing acknowledged the quality our work in their guidance for HMRPs on community engagement.
Education Summary: Birmingham University – MSc by Research
Undertaking a purely research based Masters, concluding with a 40,000 word thesis, my study looked at the application of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in areas of housing demolition. Using a case study approach, the thesis assesses the value of CLTs in Housing Market Renewal areas and how we may remove the barriers to their development. The thesis articulates a strong case for CLTs, based on their ability to empower and increase the capital wealth of existing residents.
Durham University – BA (Hons) Philosophy
Graduating with a First Class, I became one of only five students in the year to achieve the top degree grade. This has given me a solid grounding in political and moral philosophy, which has been crucial in my advisory role with government.