At Housing Diversity Network we have a small team based at our Huddersfield office and work with a network of Associates across the country. This enables us to ensure we access specialist, up to date skills and expertise for members and clients.



Sallie Bridgen, Joint Chief Executive             Sallie Bridgen

Sallie was appointed Joint Chief Executive of Housing Diversity Network in May 2016.

With over 25 years experience in social and supported housing, Sallie is committed to social justice, sustainability and the role housing can play in tackling inequality and helping people improve the quality of their lives and achieve their aspirations.

As well as the HDN role, Sallie also works social enterprises, housing associations, and public health on a variety of projects.

She is also a Board Member at Progress Housing Group, and Together Dementia Support a not-for-profit Community Interest Company offering support and therapeutic activities for people living with dementia, their carers and supporters in Manchester

Previously Sallie worked with the National Housing Federation in the North West, where she led the representation and lobbying on behalf of the region’s 150 housing association members and their tenants.

Prior to that Sallie led Shelter’s services in the North West, developing and delivering services to support homeless people and campaigning for an end to homelessness.

 Alison BurnsAlison Burns, Joint Chief Executive

Alison was appointed Joint Chief Executive of Housing Diversity Network in May 2016. Alison’s career is based on her conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to know and fulfil their potential – she works to realise a more equal society and to remove barriers to individual and community progress.  She began her working life with the Chiswick Family Rescue (now Refuge) supporting women and children escaping domestic abuse; and in a career specialising in the not for profit sector, she has worked across the fields of housing, health, education and equalities.

Alison was responsible for service delivery and strategy with two national charities – Shelter and Teach First – where she led national programmes of growth and development.  As well as the role at HDN, Alison works with clients including local authorities, the EHRC, housing associations and Mind.

A governor at a north Manchester secondary school, Alison is also a non-executive director of Together Dementia Support a Community Interest Company in south Manchester.



DSC_0017 Andrew Petrie, Business Operations Director

Andrew joined the Network in April 2013. He has a strong track record in consultancy,
training and social enterprise, specialising in housing and working with communities. He
has worked within and for public, private and voluntary sector organisations and over the
years has been responsible for developing and delivering a range of services to meet
the needs of clients and communities.

Andrew is responsible for ensuring HDN services and activities meet the needs of our
members and clients.



Picture2Katherine Joynson, Finance Manager

Kath joined the Network in November 2005 as the Finance Administrator, and
is responsible for managing our finances.






Kamaljit Urwin, Mentoring Manager

Kamaljit joined the Network in July 2007 and is responsible for managing and organising all our regional mentoring
programmes , as well as delivering the Staff Mentoring programme in the North East region.







Carla Olfin, Administrator

Carla joined the Network in February 2012 as our Administrator and is responsible for
managing our administration and events programme.








Sue Waterall, Associate Mentoring and Membership Coordinator – North West


Sue coordinates and delivers our staff mentoring programme in the North West of England.








Camilla Veale, Associate Mentoring and Membership Coordinator – Yorkshire & Humberside and North East

Picture3Camilla joined the Network in July 2015 as Mentoring Coordinator, and
is responsible for delivering the Staff Mentoring programme in the Yorkshire and Humberside and North East region.