I believe that everyone has a fundamental right to a safe and affordable home. Good housing empowers individuals to thrive, families to grow and communities to flourish. I grew up in social housing and learnt at school about the ground-breaking work of charitable housing institutions and companies during the Industrial Revolution. I was inspired by ideas of common humanity, social innovation and fresh enterprise.
As a teenager I took a degree in natural sciences and developed a love of the sea. Constant yet ever-moving the oceans represent our own changing lives. I developed a passion for sailing and swimming. Entering the housing profession was a natural progression. I took professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Housing and quickly followed this with a Management Diploma and Fellowship.
Housing is not always easy but rather than see obstacles I see challenges and opportunities to improve. The twenty-first century is represented by exciting advances but unparalleled population growth and huge pressure on resources. Success requires knowledge, imagination, strength and determination. As a director I have been pleased to support several community initiatives and business start-ups.
In addition to my professional life I take a keen interest in family, sport and the outdoors. I have joined in with heathland management and I took part in a sponsored walk for an international housing charity. Issues of overcrowding and wellbeing are as valid today as they ever have been. I am committed to ideas of health, family and parenting. I have taken unpaid roles in healthcare and as a school governor.
The rapid pace of contemporary change requires innovative, flexible and creative solutions. I am committed to inspiring others to achieve the best they can in their support of others. I offer an enterprising management style where listening and working together are key to establishing goals. It is positive action which makes the most difference to lives and ensures, for everyone, a sustainable future for housing.