Helen is a partner and Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Trowers and Hamlins LLP where she spearheaded the firm-wide “TrowersIncludes” programme.
In her legal practice, Helen specialises in public/private joint ventures, procurement and governance. Her voluntary work includes: Chair of Stonewall Housing (from August 20180), mentoring with the Girls Network, Visiting Professor of the University of Law and former Chair of the New Local Government Network policy think tank.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) having trained with KPMG in the City of London. He also holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) from the ICAEW. He has an MBA from Cranfield and more recently gained a Masters in Voluntary Sector Finance and Management from Cass Business School.
Mark spent most of his career working in the commercial sector (mainly travel), and has held senior roles in the UK and overseas. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Spain. In 2012 Mark moved to the Third Sector and spent 4 years in Finance at the London School of Economics.
He is currently Director of Finance and Business Development at a palliative care hospice in Surrey. He is Independent Examiner for the accounts of two other charities. In his spare time Mark enjoys cycling, skiing and scuba diving (in warm water!).
Natalie is a housing practitioner with a background in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, who has worked in the sector for over 10 years.
Committed to supporting vulnerable communities, and making cities more equitable, they are currently leading a programme to deliver vitally needed affordable housing to a major UK city, after a period of working in social housing in the global south.
Hitesh has been a councillor in Ealing since 2010, having been the Lead Member for Housing, and Adult Social Care.
He has worked in local government housing policy roles for two decades focussing on housing and homelessness strategy development. He is passionate about alleviating the symptoms of homelessness and at the same time campaigning to address the causes of homelessness.
Ken is a retired Chartered Surveyor who previously worked in residential agency and development consultancy and directly in housing association development.
Ken now undertakes voluntary work with Opening Doors London, providing older people befriending.
Josh is a trainer, writer and consultant and provides equality, diversity and inclusion advice and training to organisations across the private, public and third sectors.
After graduating from The University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Science in Politics and International Relations, Josh entered corporate communications, then trained as a journalist before joining LGBT charity Stonewall, and most recently Challenge Consultancy.
Josh’s career to date has included organising and chairing equality and diversity conferences, reviewing organisations’ equality and diversity strategies, giving guidance on inclusive communications, producing equality monitoring reports and designing and delivering diversity events and seminars.
Josh is a popular speaker at conferences and forums on a range of diversity and inclusion issues such as unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, intersectional identities and inclusive recruitment practice.
As a mixed race gay man of Caribbean heritage, Josh believes in celebrating multiple identities. He fed into Stonewall’s strategy on engaging Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic LGBT communities. Josh also designed and delivered Stonewall’s flagship Role Model empowerment programmes for BAME LGBT people.
Meghan was co-opted to the Stonewall Housing board in October 2017. After completing her degree in Political Science and Human Geography from the University of Toronto, Meghan spent 19 months working at HACT, the housing sector’s ideas and innovation agency.
During her time at HACT, she developed a deep understanding and critical perspective of the UK housing system. She is interested in alternative and specialist housing models, and worked across several projects that aimed to facilitate various types of community-led housing.
She believes in supporting grassroots political organising, and is particularly interested in issues where gender/sexuality, nationality and migration status intersect.
James has worked in social housing for 30 years, currently as a freelance consultant in housing care and support, but previously as the national strategy lead for older and vulnerable people at the Homes and Communities Agency.
Previously James has worked as a regulator of registered providers at the Housing Corporation and has a career background working in housing associations and at Strutton Housing, providing support for people with HIV/AIDS.
Lucy is a Strategy Adviser for Exiting the EU at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. She previously worked for the National Housing Federation, where she led on EU exit policy work.
In 2016, Lucy researched and published Out and Included to support housing providers to develop more LGBT+ inclusive services and communities. An out-and-proud bisexual woman, Lucy also identities as disabled. She joined the Board of Stonewall Housing in December 2017.
David is a senior HR leader and is currently the Head of People Policy & Policy Transformation for Lloyds Banking Group.