Our team of associate consultants and trainers have in-depth knowledge of both the housing sector and equality and diversity issues and offer a high level of professional involvement to help deliver the results you need.

 


 

Kusminder Chahal

Kusminder has over 16 years experience of undertaking research, delivering training, and offering consultancy across the public and voluntary sector. His main areas of work include equality and diversity, hate crimes, racist harassment and community cohesion, health and housing needs assessments. Kusminder’s recent commissions have included writing a guidance manual for racial harassment/hate crime officers, researching the extent and level of non-reporting of racist harassment, facilitating senior managers learning on equality and diversity, researching and writing an equality and diversity policy, facilitating staff groups on their experiences of equality and diversity.

Kusminder’s published work includes “We can’t all be white!” Racist Victimisation in the UK (1999, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation), co-authored Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Strategies: A Good Practice Guide (2000, Chartered Institute of Housing) and more recently Racist Harassment and Housing Services (2007, Race Equality Foundation).

 

 

 


 

Sarah Clement

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Sarah Clement is an independent consultant and trainer focusing on equality and diversity and community and workplace engagement in the housing sector. Sarah is a qualified housing professional and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. As well as a proven track record in equality and diversity, her experience includes frontline and management roles in and tenant, resident and service user involvement and participation in Housing associations and \local Authorities. Sarah holds the PTLLS trainer qualification.

Sarah is an experienced and thorough consultancy manager and trainer. She has proven skills and abilities at keeping projects on track and at collaborative working that produces successful results. Sarah is a skilled communicator and facilitator and produces constructive written reports.

Her recent work includes:

  • Carrying out Diversity Network Accreditation (DNA) assessments on housing organisations
  • Designing and delivering E&D training programmes
  • Creating, designing and delivering the popular Train the E&D Trainer
  • Designing and delivering Equality Impact Assessment and Analysis Training
  • Equality assessments with a range of organisations

Her other current work includes developing and piloting a co-production training programme on Welfare Reform with SHP and Sitra and embedding cultural change in the Faculties of Engineering and Science at the University of Sheffield.

 


 

 

Yvonne Davies

Yvonne is an experienced professional, formerly a Managing Director of a Liverpool HA and Head of Housing and Economic Development for the Audit Commission. For the last 27 years, she has worked for regulators and inspectors of Housing and for large & small Housing Associations, Groups and Metropolitan Local Authorities in areas of significant deprivation. Yvonne is now a self-employed consultant and trainer. Her current projects include Diversity Training for staff and tenants; Tenant inspection and tenant scrutiny; Health Checks, Mediation, Governance and Policy review and interim management.

Yvonne is a Board member of a Social Enterprise, Blackburne House, where she Chairs Quality & Audit Committee and is the Director of the Women in Construction Company. Yvonne is Company Secretary at a Leasehold Management Company.

 


 

 Adele Baumgardt

adeleAdele is an independent consultant having previously worked in Equal Opportunities Commission. Now a self employed consultant on all aspects of equality and diversity, Adele’s experience includes delivering equality strategies in public, private and voluntary sectors with particular expertise in the new ‘positive’ equality duty.

Adele is an associate consultant with Housing Diversity Network and has delivered a range of training and consultancy services to a wide range of housing sector organisations.

Adele was the Wales Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission until December 2010 when the Commission was closed as part of the Westminster Government’s quango review. She was elected chair of the Wales Assembly of Women in March 2011 and is actively campaigning for both the Welsh and UK Governments to support systems to engage with Welsh women.

Adele is a Board Member of Sport Wales and the Chair of the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Wales.

Adele has been active in gender budgeting for many years and was co-chair of the Women’s Budget group for 3 years and chair of the Wales Gender Budget Group for 5 years.

Adele has a Masters Degree in Equality and Diversity from Cardiff University 2006 and holds a public appointment to the Sports Council for Wales for whom she has conducted action research on gender equality and budgets.

 


 

Yvonne Prendergast

Yvonne brings extensive experience as an independent equality consultant over the past 10 years. She has undertaken a range of training, research and consultancy projects across the public, private and third sectors. These include delivery of equalities training, at all organisational levels, for ALMOs, North Trafford Primary Care Trust, Construction and Engineering Companies, Universities, professional institutes, and housing support organisations. Consultancy work includes developing equality strategies for local authorities, professional institutes, and engineering companies; undertaking equality ‘health checks’ for housing providers; and developing national good practice guidance for the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science and Engineering (UKRC).

Prior to working independently, Yvonne had a range of front-line and management roles. This included an early career in engineering; delivering an equalities case work service for Salford Law Centre, supported by post-graduate equalities study; and a role as Training Officer for the Big Life Company. Yvonne has particular interest and expertise in the practical application of equality principles, gained from a breadth of local, national and transnational experience. She believes in the power of training to enable change and to build the capacity of individuals and organisations to confidently promote equality and diversity.

 


 

 Juliet Hancock

0488Juliet is an experienced HR, learning and organisation development professional with a record of successfully delivering tangible results and influencing, leading and embedding sustainable culture change.

Juliet’s particular strengths lie in collaboratively developing and implementing strategic and business focussed practical solutions which build capability (skills and behaviours), engagement, performance and potential and deliver value for money.

Building on current experience with the Social Housing Regulator as an internal OD and change consultant, Juliet can support Housing Diversity network members in coaching, training and consultancy where she can make a transformational impact for organisations and their people – staff, customers and other stakeholders.

 


 

Hyacinth Fraser

Hyacinth is a skilled and qualified Organisational, Policy, Learning and Development Practitioner, offering over 15 years experience within both the Public and Private Sector within employee development, policy development and change management.  Results driven with a passion for exceeding client expectations.

Hyacinth holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Administration, is Prince2 Certified and possesses a broad skill set which include: negotiation; Leadership; Alignment of training to business objectives; Innovative course design; Intermediate level Microsoft Office; Blue sky thinking; Project planning.

Hyacinth is adept at working with actors in the facilitation of innovative development programmes.  In addition, she has used film to deliver some difficult customer care messages in a creative and assessable way.

 


 

Sue Waterall

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Sue is an HR and Training Professional with over 15 years experience of Training and Development design and delivery. Primary focus is on management development, performance management and personal skills training with both the private and public sector.

 

 

 

 


 

Fiona McPhail

Fiona McPhail is than FCIPD qualified HR practitioner and a former public sector Divisional Head of HR and Equalities. She specialises in Human Resource Management, Equality and Diversity, Professional Development and training. Established in 2000, she works with a range of large public and private sector clients.

 


 

 Gill Cook

0487A business graduate with over twenty five years experience in housing, Gill has worked in housing roles in the private sector, public sector (for both local authority and housing association) and also with a local charity. Gill is now self employed, trading as Corn Villas Consulting, offering a wide range of services to the housing sector including questionnaire design and carrying out a variety of surveys including postal, telephone and face-to-face, with both focus groups and on a one-to-one basis.

Tenant satisfaction and stakeholder surveys are amongst the work carried out recently, as well as writing policies and procedures and facilitating the staff mentoring programme in the East and Midlands regions on behalf of HDN. Gill is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Eastern Regional Board and has held various officer positions including Chair.

 


 

Evonne Hudson

0ffc618Evonne is the Executive Director of IndigoBlu Consultancy Ltd, that provides professional tailored interim, consultancy, training, cultural change and project management services to the social housing, voluntary and public sector. With a career spanning some 20 years within the housing sector, and high level board, strategic and operations expertise. Evonne is passionate about housing, resident involvement and delivering excellent customer service. Evonne is particularly interested in the way a strong, effective, innovative and inclusive housing service, can make a positive and lasting contribution to residents and their local communities – by keeping residents and clients at the heart of all outcomes.

Most recently Evonne has undertaken 2 large cultural change, restructure and transformation programmes for a large local authority and a housing association. Developed tenant scrutiny arrangements for 3 organisations, and developed the organisational agenda for welfare reform and customer engagement.


As well as experience in service improvement reviews, policy, procedure and strategy development.    

 


 

Graham Findlay

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Graham Findlay is an experienced disability equality consultant, access auditor, mentor and disability equality trainer. He has a particular interest in key areas that promote independent living for disabled people – inclusive employment, built environments and housing.

 

 

Recent work includes:

  • Designing and delivering disability equality training for staff of a large statutory organisation
  • Conducting disability access audits of office premises for a regional housing organisation
  • Reviewing the housing adaptations system for the Welsh government
  • Delivering a scoping report on promoting inclusive environments in Wales

Graham worked for the Chartered Institute of Housing between 2009 and 2014, setting up and managing a positive action employment project which brokered traineeships for talented disabled people to help them succeed as housing professionals. The project won the RADAR/DRUK People of the Year Award in the Careers and Leadership category in 2010.

Before CIH, Graham was a key member of Disability Wales’ policy team from 1999 to 2009. He worked at local, regional and national governmental levels, and as a third sector advisor on disability equality to the Welsh Government and other devolved bodies. He also developed and maintained networks of disabled people’s organisations across Wales.