Fiona has worked as an affordable housing development professional for about 25 years successfully delivering both Community Land Trust and co-housing projects and delivered a number of Extra Care schemes in the south of England. Recently, she has been working with local authorities who are starting to directly deliver their own housing again, advising on strategy and approach.

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Jose has been an Investment Director at Octopus Healthcare since 2015 sourcing, executing and managing investments within a range of healthcare sectors, especially retirement living and care homes. He has over 18 years of experience in various healthcare related roles, including real estate development and corporate finance and spent seven years working on the international expansion of US-based care home group Sunrise Senior Living. 



Now a freelance consultant, Gilly was Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief which she joined as a grants officer 20 years ago. Her early housing work included establishing the first supported housing for young lesbians. She was co-founder of the Ellen Gee Foundation which provided evidence-based research to funders on meeting the needs of LGBT people. She received an OBE for services to domestic violence in 2007.



James’s career has included time as a teacher in Kenya and Honduras, as a journalist with the BBC World Service in Africa, and as an editor at GQ Magazine. He established Radio for Development (later Media for Development) which launched a range of initiatives including Inside Job Productions, Prison Media, and Young Dads TV. James chairs the board of IJP and is co-founder of Pridecast Productions.

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Paul is a director and partner at Trowers & Hamlins who has advised various London councils, the GLA and Homes England on legal and governance issues surrounding social care and older people’s housing as well as specialising in development/ regeneration and public funding. Paul has worked with a range of registered providers and other public sector organisations to develop public private schemes



Geoff was Principal and Chief Executive of Greenwich Community College where he developed award-winning partnerships with local employers. He continues his work in vocational education through consulting on TVET internationally. Geoff had a parallel career initially in the retail world and, with his partner, in developing and running what became the UK’s largest agency for dancers and singers. Geoff also chairs the boards of Bird College and



Alastair is CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs each year with learning and connections, through its global network of 11 schools. Alastair is also a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and the Cabrach Trust, and has previously held trustee roles at Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, Access and the Akram Khan Dance Company.