Ian Brady is the Chief Operations Officer for Depaul International.
Prior to this he was a senior Civil Servant with extensive experience across a number of key departments, latterly as the Deputy Director in the Troubled Families Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Before that he spent four years at the Department for Education and worked in the Home Office within the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. He was also Deputy Director of the Governments Respect Task Force. Before Ian joined the Home Office he headed up the rough sleepers team in the Homelessness Directorate at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). Prior to joining the civil service he worked in the voluntary sector for several years and was deputy Chief Executive of the National Youth Charity Centrepoint.
Simon Dow is the Executive Chairman of the London Housing Foundation. Until recently he was Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership which owns 60,000 homes across the country. Prior to joining The Guinness Partnership, Simon was the acting Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation. Simon is a Member of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee and a Trustee of the Dolphin Square Foundation.
In the past he has been a Director of the National Housing Federation, a Board Member of Reall (formerly Homeless International), a development agency working in Asia & Africa and Chair of the Independent Policy Complaints Commission’s Audit Committee.
The first half of Nick’s career was in the voluntary sector, first working with young offenders for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, then leading the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint before moving to run the British Refugee Council. In 2003 he was appointed to establish and run the Independent Police Complaints Commission as its first Executive Chair. He moved from police to prisons in 2010 when he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. Since his term as Chief Inspector ended in 2016, he has combined roles as Professor of Criminal Justice at Royal Holloway, University of London with chairing the Parole Board for England and Wales and some consultancy projects. He is chair of New Horizon Youth Centre and vice chair of Prisoners Abroad.
Derek was managing director of HACAS Group, a major quoted research and consultancy company, for over 30 years. He is now Finance Director of General Industries plc, a fully quoted company whose investments include Altair Consultancy & Advisory Services Ltd, and is involved in major funding and private sector facing consultancy.
Derek acts as a non-executive and part time executive director of a number of property, financial and business incubator companies including both quoted and private businesses. He is Chair of A2Dominion, one of the largest housing associations and a voluntary board member of the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Clare is the newest member of London Housing Foundation and joined the board in 2014. She is the UK Strategic Lead: Health, Wellbeing & Communities for Comic Relief, having previously worked as the Homelessness Transition Fund Grants Manager at Homeless Link and Policy and Grants Manager at London Councils.
Clare is a chartered accountant who has worked for Coopers & Lybrand, The Housing Corporation and the TSA. She is currently Director of Governance and Compliance at Affinity Sutton, one of the largest housing providers in England with over 161,000 residents in 57,000 properties across more than 120 local authorities from Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East to Plymouth in the South West.
Vic was recently appointed Executive Director of the National Care Forum, following seven years as the CEO of Sitra – a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support.
An Architect deeply involved with the Social Housing Sector for the past 40 years, including helping to run an Inner City Association and since then in private practice. As a result he has been involved with the provision of many hundreds of new homes over the years. John is now a Board Director of an RSL and remains passionate about the need decent affordable homes for everyone.
Eleanor is a Grants Manager at the Education Endowment Foundation, funding programmes that seek to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and evaluating their effectiveness. Prior to this she worked for Social Finance, examining how investment approaches can be used to solve social problems.
Eleanor began her career at the charity sector think tank and consultancy, New Philanthropy Capital. She analysed the effectiveness of individual charities, and worked with funders to help them to maximise their impact. Her published reports include overviews of the role charities play in tackling issues such as poor numeracy and homelessness. She is also a trustee of the student-run listening service Nightline.
Jeremy has been working with homeless people since 1980 and became Chief Executive of Thames Reach in 2001. Thames Reach is a voluntary sector organisation that every year works with more than 8,000 rough sleepers and other vulnerable people in London. Jeremy is also a Board member of Homeless Link, a prolific and much followed tweeter and a regular columnist for Inside Housing.
Cassandra is Office Manager at London Housing Foundation, having previously worked at Social Housing Magazine, Altair and HACAS. She is the first point of contact for LHF enquires.