Northern housing associations make Progress

Progress North, the latest in a series of regional housing leadership forums, took place on Friday, 10th February at Wakefield and District Housing’s head offices in Castleford.

The event, sponsored by housing intelligence provider Mobysoft, featured presentations from Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive of Wakefield and District Housing and Michelle Reid, Chief Executive of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.

Delegates were invited to explore the day’s theme: ‘Reform or Revolution? The role of social housing in an inclusive society’, confronting the issues raised by the civil unrest of August 2011.

The second part of the event saw roundtable discussions chaired by Geraldine Howley the Chief Executive of Incommunities Group, Rob Young the Chief Executive of Helena Partnerships and Matthew Gardiner the Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust,questioning what measures housing organisations should implement to improve tenant confidence through challenging times.

Derek Steele, Managing Director of Progress’ sponsors Mobysoft said: “Progress North was a great success. It’s great to see so many housing leaders braving the bad weather to come together and learn from their peers.

“Progress – Leadership in Housing is about encouraging senior decision makers to collaborate and innovate to improve their organisations. This fits perfectly with Mobysoft’s ambition to boost efficiency,profitability and satisfaction within the housing sector.”

The next Progress event will take place on Tuesday, 28thFebruary at Stafford and Rural Homes’ head offices.

Progress Midlands will consider the implementation of fixed term tenancies, asking how to deliver new ‘freedoms and flexibility’ to social landlords in the UK.

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