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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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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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


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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David Zong

David is a professional support lawyer in the Real Estate department at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, where he trained and subsequently qualified as a transaction focused solicitor in 2010. For 12 years, David undertook a wide range of residential and mixed-use property development work, advising Registered Providers of social housing, public sector bodies and commercial developers. David's role now involves providing in-house technical advice and support to lawyers across the spectrum of different practice areas within Trowers & Hamlins' Real Estate department, with a particular focus on residential development and regeneration, social housing and public sector clients, as well as on Government housing policy and regulation.

Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Housing Forum, the only cross-sector, industry-wide organisation that represents the entire housing supply chain. She has over 20 years’ experience in housing policy research and developing policy and practice recommendations for government and private and voluntary sector organisations. Anna’s consultancy work and research at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and RSM included work on social housing allocations, homelessness, housebuilding, rent controls, energy efficiency and spatial planning. More recently, Anna worked for Peabody publishing research on fuel poverty, digital inclusion and the impact of the pandemic, as well as helping Peabody use research to drive internal improvements.


Sam Bruce

Sam is Head of Housing and Communities at the Centre for Social Justice. After studying in The Netherlands and United States, he completed an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in Politics from the University of Oxford, with research interests at the intersections of ethics, politics, and social science.

Joseph Elliott

Joseph is a senior analyst at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. His current research focus is on the security and affordability of housing. Previously he worked at the Regulator of Social Housing and in policy and research at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. He was the co-winner of the Thinkhouse Early Career Researcher Prize in 2022.

Abi Davies

Abigail is Director of Housing Consultancy at Savills and provides affordable housing consultancy services, primarily relating to governance, regulatory compliance, business development strategy, rental affordability and policy, and specialist housing and welfare policy.   Abigail has recently acted as an expert witness in a major residential property arbitration, and as a member of an All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into shared ownership for older people.  She previously worked for the Chartered Institute of Housing leading their policy and practice work at UK level; has worked for a number of English social landlords; and has experience as a non-executive director with two housing groups.

Bethany Howells

Bethany works within the Policy & External Affairs team at Community Housing Cymru, the membership body for housing associations in Wales, and plays a key role in CHC's Homelessness and Welfare work. 

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: Sarah Scotcher, Gemma Duggan, Suzanne Benson, Joe Shalam, Burcu Borysik, Shahina Begum, Anya Martin, Brendan Sarsfield, Chris Walker, Susan Emmett, Boris Worrall, Gavin Smart, Alison Inman, Alan Strickland, Beth Watts, Tom Murtha.