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Gavin Smart

Deputy chief executive/director of policy and practice

Gavin started his career as a researcher at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol and spent five years at the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, heading up the high demand housing markets research team. Before joining CIH he worked for the National Housing Federation as assistant director for research and futures.

"CIH provides evidence based and authoritative expertise on policy and practice across the housing industry. Our views are strongly informed by the expertise and experience of our members – my job is to work with the policy and practice team to harness that creativity and energy and use it to make the case for the best possible policy framework for housing and to ensure we give practitioners the information and knowledge they need to do their jobs to the very best of their ability.

"Ultimately, our aim is to ensure our housing system works for everyone – we want everyone to have access to a decent, affordable home in an area that works for them. We also want to make sure housing professionals have the tools they need to do their jobs every day.

"The best thing about working for CIH is having the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives - both housing professionals and the people who depend upon their good work and the vital products and services they provide.

"If you want to discuss the issues raised here or anything else please get in touch. You can email me at or phone 024 7685 1700."

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