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    Change network

    Transforming the housing sector

    In 2011 CIH and Orbit Housing Group launched the Change network in response to people’s reaction to Tomorrow’s World Today. It is a forum to enable housing providers to explore, deliver and manage strategic change in their own organisations.

    Of the nine regions five already have a champion, if you can help to fill the gaps in London, the East of England, the North East or Yorkshire & Humberside contact us at

    How are people working to change the housing sector?

    • Midlands (East and West working together)  made Transformational Change the theme of their annual conference in May, and they’re using this to get people talking
    • South West has a core group of people meeting quite regularly. They have identified a number of things which will affect the potential and position of housing in the near future
    • North West are looking for the leaders of tomorrow, and are running a series of workshops to help a group of up and coming people reflect on leadership, business opportunities etc
    • There is a group coming together in the South East who intend to look at leadership with boards and CEOs, discuss issues for the future and create a forum for mutual support

    "There is a huge groundswell of momentum for change and our aim was to provide a platform for housing organisations to talk to each other about the practical steps they can take to transform their own organisations. We can't do that in isolation, and today was about encouraging others such as politicians to get involved in informing what that future should look like".

    Paul Tennant, Group Chief Executive of Orbit Housing Group, speaking at the launch of the Change Network

    "At a time of reducing public investment in affordable housing and growing housing need, we must grasp this opportunity to re-think the way we do business as a sector. This is vital, not only to ensure we meet the needs of our communities long term, but also to build wider confidence in our sector as one that is equipped for a significant shift in the way it works. Incremental change, improvement and the ability to adapt to new challenges has always been a hallmark of the way housing organisations operate, but the future we all face means that this will no longer be enough".

    Abigail Davies, CIH Assistant Director of Policy and Practice


    Leading the Change Network

    • East Midlands - Chris Ashton, Managing Director, East Midlands Housing Group
    • North West - Paul Patterson, Maggie Shannon, Director of Performance and Innovation, Great Places Housing Group, Joanne Lewsley
    • South East  - Elspeth Mackenzie, Chief Executive Thrive Homes and Kate Russell, Director of Corporate Services Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust
    • South West - Jitinder Takhar, Group Business Development Director, Spectrum Housing Group
    • West Midlands - Karen Armitage, Chief Executive, Stafford and Rural Homes
    Project champion - CIH Vice President Paul Tennant