Meet our Board

Our Board sets the broad strategic framework for the HDN, providing insight and advice on priorities and assuring itself on progress in delivering the strategy. In doing so, the Board monitors and reviews all identified risks and tests the assumptions presented.

Debansu is passionate about diversity & technology; he champions “inclusivity” & “modular homes” in the housing and construction sectors. Having worked with blue chips like Philips, he is presently the Head of Development for Zed Pods, He is also involved with the Construction Industry Council, Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Institute of Marketing (Construction Industry Group). 


Lee is the Chief Executive at Manningham Housing Association in Bradford. He has over 20 years of working in social housing at a senior level. His previous roles have been Area Housing Manager in Moss Side, Manchester and Head of Neighbourhood Housing in East Manchester during the regeneration through New Deal for Communities programme.


Susmita is Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes and has over 30 years of delivering social housing services working at various roles, initially starting as a repairs clerk and rising to the ranks to senior management and CEO. 


Jon is the Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Places for People. He is instrumental in promoting equality and diversity to achieve continual improvement in a changing customer market. Jon works passionately to promote a culture of professional accountability for delivering positive outcomes for people. 


Alison Inman was President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2017/18. She is a Board Member at two East Anglian HAs, as well as the housing engagement organisation TPAS.
She is the former Chair of Colchester Borough Homes and the National Federation of ALMOs and is a co-founder of SHOUT, the social housing campaign. She spends far too much time on Twitter and likes spending time by the sea.