HDN appoints new Chief Executive

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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 ...

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How did HDN mentoring improve my outlook on management? – Eileen Martin, Optivo

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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 – ...

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Let’s use ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ to create lasting positive change in housing

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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, ...

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HDN Staff Mentoring Changed My Life- Kieran O’Byrne

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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 ...

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My mentoring Journey at HDN – Kieran O’Byrne

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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 ...

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My journey as a mentor – Sinead Matthew

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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 ...

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CIH Rising Star – Vicki Maguire

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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 ...

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Supporting Communities to Thrive and Prosper in 2017

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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 ...

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