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.



Raj Patel, Chief Executive            

Raj was appointed Chief Executive of Housing Diversity Network in November 2017.

Raj co-founded Ashram Housing in Birmingham, and has worked in equality and diversity for more than a quarter of a century, leading organisations and consultancies in UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion, and in leadership.






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.







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, Mentoring Associate – North West


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







Camilla Veale, Mentoring Associate – 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.