Our members

Our members can be individuals or organisations and come from a range of housing and community focussed organisations. Currently 11 members are represented on our Board of Directors.

We are keen to grow our membership. So if you or your organisation share our values and would like to see a new wave of community led housing in the West Midlands, we invite you to join us. Please:

Members represented on our Board of Directors

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20/20 Housing Co-operative

Represented by Nic Bliss (Chair)

A long term member, tenant and volunteer for 20/20 Housing Co-operative, Nic is Head of Policy for the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, for whom he has worked in both paid and voluntary capacities since the 1990s. Nic has worked with numerous community led housing organisations – both to help them set up and to help them thrive as community businesses. Nic specialises in governance and management guidance for community led housing organisations – he is an experienced trainer and group developer – and he has worked with many local authorities and housing associations in a variety of capacities. Nic is also a director of Leeds Community Homes.

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Professor David Mullins

Individual member

David Mullins is Emeritus Professor of Housing Policy at the University of Birmingham. He has undertaken extensive research on community-led housing in England and internationally; including along standing action research collaboration with Self-Help Housing.Org demonstrating the benefits of community-led reactivation of empty homes. In July 2018 he organised the Hope for Housing research conference in Birmingham which helped found Birmingham Community Homes. He is a trustee of UK Cohousing Trust.

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Roman Way Estate

Represented by Nick Reynolds

Nick has been involved with the Roman Way TMO since it was a residents group and is now part of the board. He also Chairs the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO). Encouraging and helping fellow tenants to get involved in the TMO movement so they can make a difference in their neighbourhood.

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Kate Foley

Individual member

Kate is the Director of Housing and Customer Services for Castle Vale Community Housing, part of the Pioneer Group. Kate previously worked for Birmingham City Council as a Housing Senior Service Manager with responsibility across Central West and the North of the City. Kate has a policy officer background in the trade union movement. She then moved to the Local Government Association and, before coming to Birmingham, she was the Director of Policy and Strategy at Renaisi, a Hackney-based company specialising in neighbourhood renewal programme and project delivery.

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Karen Cheney

Individual member

Karen is Head of Service- Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit (NDSU) at Birmingham City Council and deeply passionate about the role communities can play in creating stronger, more vibrant communities and neighbourhoods.

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Pete Richmond

Individual member

Pete is the Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust and a lifelong community led housing activist. A former chair of Birmingham’s Social Housing Partnership and commissioner of Birmingham Poverty Truth, Pete led Pioneer Group (formerly Castle Vale Community Housing Association) for 20 years before joining BVT. He also worked for Sanctuary Housing Association, William Sutton Trust (now Clarion Housing Group) and Walsall and Birmingham Local Authorities.

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Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services

Represented by Carl Taylor

Carl was formerly Director of Redditch Co-operative Homes, now Assistant Director of New Business and Growth for Accord HA. As a Community Led Housing Enabler Carl has supported the development of 15 Housing Co-operatives managing over 2000 homes over a period of 28 years.  In particular he led the development of 5 Co-ops and 750 new Homes as part of Redditch Co-operative Homes, and assisted the Tenant Management Organisations that now form WATMOS, he has also developed a specialism in the provision of Low Carbon Housing.

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Represented by Andy Reeve

Andy is founder of DemoDev, which recently won The Urban Challenge Award with PUBLIC and West Midlands Combined Authority to explore how we can create a new supply model in the West Midlands, and he is a previous winner of the Geovation prize, working with Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data to identify underused land and turn it in to open designed, sustainable, adaptable homes. He is currently working with the West Midlands Combined Authority on delivery of innovative housing in the region.

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Witton Lodge Community Association

Represented by Linda Hines (Vice Chair)

Linda moved to Perry Common in 1977, having never worked in the community and never really understanding what those who did got out of it. Her home in Perry Common was one of 908 that had to be demolished in 1989. Linda became a Director of Witton Lodge Community Association in 1996 and is now Chair of the organisation. She has 28 years of experience enabling residents to get involved and feel the benefit of making a difference themselves and was awarded an M.B.E. in 2009.

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The Pioneer Group

Represented by Ifor Jones

Ifor currently is Head of Communities at the Pioneer Group. He has worked in a variety of management and leadership positions in housing and community services with a specific thread around shaping place based solutions ranging from more responsive locality solutions, neighbourhood renewal and regeneration and democratic engagement and community development. Ifor is currently active in helping to shape the community health movement through The Active Wellbeing Society and advising the Pioneer Group on strategic planning and place based solutions.

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Witton Lodge Community Association

Represented by Afzal Hussain

Afzal is Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association - a dynamic social enterprise and community landlord. The Association champions community - led solutions and has overseen the comprehensive redevelopment of Perry Common since 1994. It owns and manages a variety of homes and community assets, piloting the City’s first community asset transfer in 2010, and through its Flourishing Community Programme delivers a range of health, employment and environmental initiatives. Prior to joining WLCA, Afzal held a number of senior regeneration posts.

General members

Locality

Represented by Meena Bharadwa

Birmingham Social Housing Partnership

Represented by Catherine Brinsdon

Birmingham City Council

Represented by Guy Chaundy

West Midlands Urban Community Homes Ltd

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