After graduating from Oxford University with an Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Steve trained as a teacher and taught economics and politics. In 1985 he joined CDS Co-operative Housing Services in London as a Housing Manager. He then worked at Hartlepool Borough Council as Assistant Borough Housing Officer, Middlesbrough Borough Council as Assistant Chief Housing Officer (with responsibility for the management of 17,000 homes). A short spell lecturing at Northumbria University in Housing Studies was followed by appointments as Operations Director at Phoenix Housing Association and Director of Housing and New Initiatives at Tees Valley HA.
He then moved back down south to become Managing Director of English Churches Housing Group. He joined St Pancras & Humanist HA in 2000 as Chief Executive and created the Origin Housing Group with Griffin HA and became its first Group Chief Executive. He moved to Amicus Group in 2004 as Group Chief Executive and became the first Group Chief Executive of the merged AmicusHorizon Group. He left AmicusHorizon in 2007 for a new career in training and consultancy.
He has a Masters degree in Strategy and Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a member of the direct final entry selection panel for the CIH and a former Chair of the CIH Northern Counties Branch. He was a non-executive Director at Heritage Care; chaired the Swale Local Strategic Partnership, chaired the North Kent Advisory Committee for Common Purpose and has served on a Housing Association Board. He has co-written two books “Social Housing; an Introduction” published by Longmans and “An introduction to Social Housing” published by the CIH. He also co- wrote the UNISON distance learning materials for their Housing courses. He is an external examiner in housing at the University of Greenwich.
Alex Rocke is an experienced strategic manager who has worked in housing services for more than thirty five years. He has also managed leisure, economic and community development services. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Since 2002, he has been a member of the first tier tribunal (local government standards).
Alex worked in local government for twenty five years in Liverpool, Bolton, Blackburn and Kettering. He held Director or Assistant Director posts for fourteen years and developed key initiatives. These include: multi agency partnerships to deliver regeneration schemes; introducing innovative ways of involving customers and new approaches to service delivery. Since 2001, he has worked as an interim manager and independent consultant.
Interim management assignments have included the successful delivery of specific objectives. Examples are: implementing improvement plans; service reorganisations; preparation for inspections; value for money and stock options appraisals.
Consultancy work with County, City and District Councils and housing associations includes: assessing quality and performance and mock inspections. Examples of projects delivered include: Choice Based Lettings and Better Care Higher Standards Charters. He has developed housing and homelessness strategies involving mapping needs and
Sue is an experienced housing professional and has worked in the sector for 30 years in a wide number of different roles.
Starting her career in Local Government, she worked for Carlisle City Council holding a number of housing management positions before moving to Copeland Council. Here she was responsible for implementing a new performance management regime as well as working on the Housing Management Compulsory Competitive Tendering process, and helping to support the local Tenants Federation.
Following this she worked as Policy Manager for the Northern Housing Consortium, amembership organisation representing Local Authorities and Housing Providersacross the North of England. She was responsible for responding to Government consultations on behalf of Members, and worked with Senior Civil Servants on emerging policy issues, looking at the impact they would have in the North. She was also involved in early Best Value Peer Inspections.
For 10 years she managed the North West Housing Forum, a politically led organisation which has had a key role since its inception in influencing Members of Parliament and Government Departments. Sue worked with the former Government Office and Housing Corporation to represent the views of Members, and was involved in developing the first Regional Housing Statement as well as the subsequent Regional Housing Strategies. She supported Elected Members in making allocation decisions for the Regional Housing Pot, and organised major regional conferences for members with a wide range of key note speakers from both within and out of the sector.
Sue is an Independent Member of the Riverside Cumbria Divisional Board and a volunteer mentor for young people. She is also elected to the Chartered Institute of Housing North West Board.
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