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).



Mushtaq Khan

Mushtaq has a wide range of experience of both public and private sector housing issues at a senior management level, and has direct experience of the tasks outlined in this proposal.He has a unique background in working with housing organisations – including managing housing directorates at four metropolitan authorities with large staff teams. He has also worked with housing associations to improve performance in equality and diversity issues, concentrating on management training as tool for service enhancement.He is currently working with two other housing organisations in this field, and has also been carrying out training in respect of the new 2010 Equality Act.

Mushtaq is a member of the Homes and Communities Committee on Skills and Knowledge (formerly the HCA Academy) and has sought to highlight training and skills as a requirement of sustainable communities.



Sarah Clement

Sarah Clement

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.



Tony Gordon

Tony is from Stretford and has extensive experience of working in both an official and voluntary capacity, helping to create effective partnership working between black and ethnic minority communities and public and voluntary sector bodies across the North West region. Tony runs a training consultancy working with the public and voluntary sectors and is currently a lay advisor to HMIC around equality issues. Tony sits as a community school governor for St Matthews Primary School.



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


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.






Ros Soulsby

Ros is a highly skilled learning and development consultant with a passion for helping individuals achieve their potential, her skills are in communicating directly and creating interactive learning experiences.  She is able to quickly develop a rapport with individuals and groups and clients find her energetic and collaborative to work with.

Ros is a qualified business performance coach, NLP practitioner, a teacher in further and adult education, and qualified to administer Myers Briggs Type Indicator PRISM brain-mapping profiles. Ros has designed and delivered programmes for central government departments, local government, small to medium sized businesses, blue chip corporations and charities in leadership development and personal effectiveness. Ros can provide both training and consultancy support for members of the Housing Diversity Network.



Jacqueline Furness

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Jacquline is a learning and development professional who has experience of developing and implementing organisational development strategies within private, public and non for profit organisations. She is experienced in managing key change management projects, implementation of learning interventions and integration of cultural change programme events to maximise business success and ensure return on investment.

Jacqueline was Learning and Development Manager for Places for People where she oversaw the delivery of a comprehensive learning and development service for an organisation with 3000 people. Drawing on her extensive skills and expertise, Jacqueline can provide training and consultancy support to members of the Housing Diversity Network.




 Georgia Parker

Georgia Parker

Georgia Parker is the Chair of Aksa Homes and won the 2013 CIH Housing Heroes Award for Inspirational Board Member of the Year.  She has led Aksa through a period of significant change in recent years including the formation of an entirely new Board.  Georgia works as a  coach, trainer and facilitator in the social housing sector and has many years experience of leading and supporting organisational, team and personal development.







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.



 Kieron Brady

Kieron is a leading anti-Discrimination campaigner and an expert in the field of equality and diversity. He is a former Sunderland AFC and Ireland footballer whose career was ended prematurely in 1993 at the age of 21. Despite the upset caused this has allowed Kieron to pursue his other great passion, that of challenging prejudice and the promotion of social justice.

Brought up in Coatbridge, just outside Glasgow, he developed a strong egalitarian attitude from his upbringing and he has become a leading anti-discrimination campaigner. In addition he has become an expert in the field of Equality and Diversity giving written advice, legal opinions and expert testimony in criminal cases.

He is the creator of ACAS reviewed Equality and Diversity e-learning course and e-book. Delivered more than 500 training days, sessions, workshops etc on racism, prejudice, Equality, Diversity and Hate Crime.



 Khalil Ur Rahman

Khalil is a successful property professional with over 18 years of industry wide experience and a vast array of achievements in the sector in the leading and successful delivery of construction teams and projects which include: Establishing North Hertfordshire Homes as a regional developer in the eastern region of England, with a reputation for delivery. Constructing the first zero carbon homes in Upton, Northampton under the government’s code for sustainable homes. Establishing the Sovereign Development Consortia and saving Millions of pounds of costs for the consortia. Consistently winning new business throughout his career and leading teams to deliver Development Programmes. He is also well qualified to a Masters Level and his achievements have been recognised by the main UK professional bodies working in the built environment.



 Vijay Asi

Vijay is a commercially focused Chief Executive/Managing Director and Company Secretary with extensive and varied experience of business management and leadership, strategic planning, governance and resource management gained in an executive and non executive capacity. Delivered high quality customer focussed services and business growth in a financially sustainable manner.

With a strong focus on business change, able to demonstrate significant achievements in operational performance and in ensuring that the organisation was ‘fit for purpose’ at all levels. A strong and decisive leader, who developed, promoted and positioned the organisation as the leading provider of housing and support services to diverse communities in 18 local authority areas across the Midlands Region.



 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.



Catherine Hamilton

Catherine is a training and development professional with broad experience in large multi-functional global business and an experienced and skilled coach.She uses tailored processes to guide and implement learning strategies and meet business objectives. Sensitive to and experienced in integrating inclusion and diversity into business, facilitating the development of strategy at global to local level and coaching individuals.



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.