We are delighted to announce the appointment of Raj Patel as HDN’s new CEO, who will be joining us on 15 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. Raj Patel new CEO said: 'We find ourselves in a time when the need for equality, diversity and inclusion is critical for the housing sector and the nation. The role [...]
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Throughout my own career I’ve had the benefit of some great mentors and role models who’ve helped me (I’ve been in management positions for over 30 years – even I find that hard to believe). Those mentors provided me with a fountain of knowledge and contacts as well as sharing their own mistakes and challenges, so I could learn from them. It’s really helped me as I‘ve progressed in my career. It was great they showed their ‘human’ side – and I discovered making mistakes and not knowing everything was fine because you can learn, and you can also [...]
Theresa May said of the new ‘Ethnic disparity audit’, "…People who have lived with discrimination don't need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge…”. While the audit doesn’t provide any new information, we welcome the Government shining a light on the appalling levels of inequality in our society, and committing to action. In the area of housing alone, the audit data reinforces what we know – that ethnic minority households are more likely to be living in fuel poverty, damp or overcrowded housing than White British households and, despite the myths, are less likely to [...]
Last week I shared my first blog about the HDN Mentees Programme. This week I thought I’d share my experience of the classroom sessions we completed. This may be beneficial for those who’ve applied for this year’s programme and anyone who has wondered what’s included in the sessions. I’ll also be adding links to some of the tools we used so that if you’re not on the programme this year, you can see what they look like and maybe even use them yourself. Classroom Sessions The classroom sessions are a great opportunity not only to learn but also to network with [...]
Now that this year’s HDN Mentees Programme has completed I thought it might be worth sharing my experience of the course, so I’m going to post a couple of blogs about it. This may be beneficial for those who’ve applied for this year’s programme and anyone who has wondered what having a mentor is like. I joined Barnet Homes in August 2010 not knowing anything about housing, literally nothing. I had previously worked in banking and having left that industry in the February of that year, by the August, I really needed a job! I signed up to a recruitment [...]
An email popped up in my inbox from HDN offering Mentor and Mentee places on their programme. I considered both for a while and then decided because of my successful journey that I’ve experienced whilst working in housing.I had no idea what I was letting myself in for...I filled in the form, sold my soul and hoped for the best. I had previously undertaken some coaching sessions being the coach in my current work place and knew mentoring was on a similar scale. All I knew if I was successful I would be matched with a stranger who worked [...]
What the HDN Mentoring programme means to me As I look forward to competing as one of the three finalists of this year’s Inside Housing/CIH Rising Stars competition, I wanted to shout about how HDN’s mentoring programme and my mentor, John Ghader (Chief Executive of Prima Group, formerly Pierhead Housing) have helped me to achieve my goals. I set out on the programme in 2016 with two main objectives – to get better at networking, and to improve my confidence and assertiveness. I had a great role as Corporate Strategy Officer, but was still finding my feet after a previous experience [...]
Can you start a presentation with a picture of a vile racist bigot? Those were my thoughts as Sallie Bridgen from HDN opened our session on leadership at a National Housing Federation conference a couple of weeks ago by highlighting things that are currently in the news. The fact that we are discussing this brought home to me the normalisation of a discourse that blames society’s ills on immigrants, and our values of equality, diversity and fairness are relegated to the back burner. We know that this pandering to dark forces in the external agenda comes at a time of change [...]
Whether we’re facing 2017 with a sense of possibility or trepidation - the tumultuous events of 2016 are challenging us all to see our world with different eyes – from the hellish outlook of people escaping their homelands and fleeing for their lives, to people whose image of themselves is disenfranchised or not cared about. We are also challenged to look unflinchingly at the prospect of a world shaped by people who exploit instability and ignite disharmony in their quest for power. The glaring lesson from history is that insecurity and a sense of powerlessness inflame scapegoating and division. It was [...]
Housing Diversity Network are proud Winners of 2016 CIPD Award for Best Coaching & Mentoring Initiative. At its annual Awards ceremony, showcasing excellence in all aspects of people and organisation management, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has honoured Housing Diversity Network’s national Staff Mentoring Programme. HDN’s Joint Chief Executives, Sallie Bridgen and Alison Burns, said “We are delighted at the success of the Mentoring Programme. This Award recognised the importance of mentoring in delivering clear and tangible results for organisations and their employees; particularly in sectors facing great challenge. We are proud that our Mentoring Programme [...]