Consider all the issues facing households across the UK in 2012. As we set out in our Housing Report lack of housing supply, falling living standards, increased homelessness and worsening overcrowding. Not to mention the creeping inequality of our housing system- where housing wealth is favoured over access, with the very young and old, and the poorest struggling to access the homes they need so they can learn, work and stay healthy.
It would be easy to despair. But being part of a professional body with 22,000 members gives us all access to the ideas, the experience and the innovation to effect change. Despite the challenging backdrop, there's an optimism in housing that is based on the fact that we are working together for positive change, in the interests of all communities.
As CEO, my job is to ensure that all members have access to cutting edge information and knowledge to help everyone be the best they can; to ensure we are relevant to all parts of the housing industry; to build a centre of excellence that is open to all- and to challenge where we see poor practice and bad decisions. CIH's qualification is the currency of our sector- one that is intent on the highest possible standards.
As the home of professional standards, CIH is working tirelessly to build a network of housing professionals who have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for excellence.
If you want to be part of a growing membership who are agents of change in housing, then click here to find out why you should join. If you are already a member, make sure you take best advantage of our offer to you- take part in debate, use our resources, build your continuing professional development.
At CIH, we are ambitious for housing- we need your knowledge and your experience to build the best housing system there is.
I look forward to meeting you,