The Editorial Panel

Our Editorial Panel have a mix of skills, backgrounds and experience in housing. They share a desire to see more and better homes built. The panel is chaired by Thinkhouse's founder Richard Hyde.

Richard Hyde

Richard, chairs the editorial board and founded Thinkhouse to help him in his day job and non-executive director roles. He is CEO of an SME that sells construction tools to the retail sector and has sat on the Boards of a number of organisations which focus on housing and regeneration.

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Gemma Duggan

Gemma Duggan is Head of Compliance and Performance at Extracare. Previously she has worked for Altair, the NHF, Birmingham City Council and Tribal.

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Mick Laverty

Mick is CEO of ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Previously he was CEO of the Student Loans Company and Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency.

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Martin Wheatley

Senior Fellow, Institute for Government, Board Member, Wellingborough Homes.

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Kerri Farnsworth

Kerri is an urbanist, and now has her own consultancy, She has over 20 years' experience in placemaking and regeneration in both the private and public sector, including at Manchester City Council, Circle Housing and Strategic Investment Board NI. She is also a Board member of the International Urban Development Association and Lead Assessor for the 'European City of the Year' award.

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Suzanne Benson

Suzanne is head of Real Estate for the Manchester office of Trowers. Specialising in large scale accommodation projects and helping people build and buy homes. Suzanne also advises the Homes and Communities Agency in relation to their range of grant funded homeownership products - including shared ownership and Help to Buy. Suzanne's work in this area has also led her to develop a specialism in FCA and Consumer Credit work.

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Ken Gibb

Ken Gibb is a professor in housing economics at the University of Glasgow where he is also director of the ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. A former managing editor of Urban Studies, he is associate editor of Housing, Theory and Society. Ken is the chair of Sanctuary Scotland housing association, he is finance director of the Urban Studies Foundation and is a member of the management board of the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

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Peter Williams

Peter is a researcher and Departmental Fellow, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He is the Chair of First Affordable, a for profit’ housing association and a NED of Vida Home Loans, a challenger mortgage lender. He is a contributor to the annual UK Housing Review and is treasurer of the Housing Studies Charitable Trust. He was previously Executive Director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Deputy Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Professor of Housing at the University of Wales, Cardiff


Brian Robson

Brian Robson is Executive Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Northern Housing Consortium. Previously he worked at Homes England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Francesca Albanese

Francesca is the Head of Research and Evaluation at Crisis, and has worked in housing and homelessness policy and research for the past ten years at Shelter and Homeless Link. Research areas include health, Housing First and measuring the impact and effectiveness of homelessness services. She sits on the Revolving Doors Severe and Multiple Disadvantage research network advisory group and is part of the Housing First Europe Hub research cluster.

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Jules Birch

Jules is a freelance writer and journalist (mostly about housing and social affairs) and editor of Welsh Housing Quarterly.

Mark Farmer

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He is also playing a leading role in modernising the construction industry through the adoption of greater levels of pre-manufacturing using more integrated and digitally enabled delivery models. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

Steve Moseley

Steve is Group Director of Governance, Strategy & Communications at L&Q and has 20 years experience in the housing sector across a wide range of business areas. He is responsible for leading L&Q’s strategic planning and direction and associated research programme as well as all aspects of L&Q’s corporate communications. He is also the organisational strategic lead for Diversity & Inclusion.

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Jennifer Rolison

Jennifer leads the marketing and internal and external communications at Aquila Services Group, which includes Altair Consultancy and Advisory Services, and Aquila Treasury and Finance Solutions. Her role involves creating and implementing the marketing strategies and plans across a range of products throughout the housing sector, as well as Leadership 2025 (a leading sector-wide diversity programme). She has four years’ experience in B2B marketing management and has acquired expertise in product development, PR and social media.

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Philip Brown

Philip is Professor of Housing and Communities at the University of Huddersfield. He has broad experience and interests working in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration. He is a previous Chair of the UKs Housing Studies Association (HSA).


Emily Pumford

Emily is a policy and strategy advisor at the housing association, Riverside. She is a previous ruuner-up of the Thinkhouse Early Career Researcher's Prize.


Anthony Breach

Anthony is an analyst at Centre for Cities. He is previous winner of the Thinkhouse Early Career Researcher's Prize


Joe Shalam

Joe is the Head of Housing and Financial Inclusion at the Centre for Social Justice. Joe leads the CSJ’s housing, rough sleeping and debt policy work, having previously managed its Housing Commission chaired by Lord Best.


Sarah Scotcher

Sarah is a Policy & External Affairs Manager at Community Housing Cymru, the membership body for housing associations in Wales, and leads on CHC’s health and social care work. Sarah is a trustee for Chwarae Teg, a charity working for gender equality in Wales.


Helen Taylor

Dr Helen Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Housing Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Chair of the Housing Studies Association. Her research focusses on homelessness and normative housing scholarship. She is on the board of Cymorth Cymru and the editorial board of Welsh Housing Quarterly.

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Former members of the Ed Panel

We are grateful to the following for their continued support and advice on the broad direction of our work: Burcu Borysik, Shahina Begum, Anya Martin, Brendan Sarsfield, Chris Walker, Susan Emmett, Boris Worrall, Gavin Smart, Alison Inman, Alan Strickland, Beth Watts, Tom Murtha.