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The housing crisis looms large. The UK’s crying out for housing stock, and new builds can play a huge role in the recovery.

Diversity and inclusion is finally getting the attention it deserves at a strategic level. Although there’s plenty of work still to do. And environmental concerns are taking centre stage, with time running out to reach ambitious targets in net zero carbon emissions.

Suffice to say, the UK housing sector is going through a period of great change right now. With everything developing at such a pace, it can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse.

That’s why we’ve launched The Housing Industry Podcast.

Featuring lively conversations with key leaders in the housing sector, The Housing Industry Podcast will provide real value to anyone working in the UK housing market who cares about making a difference.


Podcast Episodes

Happy Colleagues, Happy Customers with Debi Marriott-Lavery

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Embracing Past Challenges to Create Future Success with Mark Howden

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Honesty Over Perfection with Jamie Ratcliff

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Making Transformation Happen with Donna Cezair

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What Can We Learn From the Housing Landscape in Ireland with John Hannigan

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Navigating The Industry In Times Of Great Change with Fiona Fletcher-Smith

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The Partnership That’s Making 1000+ Homes Warmer with RE:GEN & believe housing

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Building on a Legacy with Angela Mansell

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Pushing Towards Net Zero with Tom Sowerby

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Maintaining an Enduring Purpose with Michael Newey

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Making a Merger a Success with Mark Pearson

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Open Leadership in Housing with Jacque Allen

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Rural Housing Association Challenges with Gail Teasdale

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Safety and Compliance in Housing with Wayne Cole

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Helen McHale, Chief Executive & Carmel Chambers, Executive Director of Resources at Stockport Homes

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Dave Richmond – CEO at St Leger Homes of Doncaster

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Richard Hill – CEO of bpha

In...

Louise Swain, CEO at Alliance Homes Group

What...

Denise Fowler, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing

What does...

Sasha Deepwell, Chief Executive at Irwell Valley

There’s no...

Emma Palmer, CEO at Eastlight Community Homes

For most in the...

Matt Forrest – Chief Executive at Thirteen Group

There isn’t just...

George Paterson, Executive Director of Property at Together Housing Group

A lot has changed in...

David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown Housing

The media loves to...

Leann Hearn, CEO at Livv Housing Group

Do we make housing too...

Claire Griffiths, Chief Executive at Cobalt Housing

Cobalt Housing isn’t looking...

Boris Worrall, Chief Executive of Rooftop Housing Group

Communicating the right way and...

Aileen Evans – Chief Executive at Grand Union Housing Group

Grand Union Housing Group wants to be...

Geeta Nanda, CEO at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

The housing sector faces questions that...

Jess Rose, Head of HR & Ryan Geldard, Director at M-AR

“...all we’ve ever wanted to do, is...

Sinéad Butters, Chief Executive Officer at Aspire Group

Sinéad Butters, Chief Executive Officer at...

Guy Stenson, Chief Executive of Gloucester City Homes

For those with an unwavering desire to make a...

Michael Cottrell, Product and Partnerships Director at Octopus Energy

There is a ‘magic pink box’ at Octopus Energy hard...

Collaboration & Tech in Housing

Join us and a panel of industry leaders for a deep...

Katie Fisher, Divisional Managing Director at McCarthy Stone

The challenges that we face in the housing sector are...

Andrew Shepherd, Managing Director at TopHat

 With rising costs and a growing need for new homes and...

HIP-Tech: Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing and Jason Wickens, Chief Information Officer at Southern Housing Group

A first for The HIP! Caithlin Knox hosts a panel of guests...

Kate Davies, Chief Executive at Notting Hill Genesis

In this episode, we sit down with Kate Davies, Chief Executive of...

David Ripley, Executive Director of Customer Service at Thirteen Group

“At the heart of any housing association is people.” This is a...

Elly Hoult, Group Director of Assets & Sustainability at Notting Hill Genesis

What does a housing association look like when it’s residents are placed at...

Hannah Harvey, Chief Operating Officer at Saffron Housing Trust

In this episode, we sat down with Hannah Harvey, Chief Operating Officer at...

Nigel Banks, R&D Director at Ilke Homes

With energy prices on the rise, it’s now more important than ever to capitalise on...

Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive at Mosscare St Vincent

The home is the start of well-being and everyone should have a decent home. This is...

Peter Jackson, Managing Director at Seddon Construction

In this episode of The HIP, our host James Leighton sat down with Peter Jackson - Managing Director of...

Josie Parsons, Chief Executive Officer at Local Space

Homelessness in the UK is on the rise. 8.5 million people within the UK currently have unmet housing needs....

John Verge, Chief Executive at Golden Lane Housing

In this episode of The HIP, our host, James Leighton is joined by Chief Executive of Golden Lane Housing - John...

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive at Gentoo

This week we were joined by Nigel Wilson, who is the Group Chief Executive of Gentoo Group. We unpacked a ton of...

Ian McDermott, Chief Executive at Peabody

This week I’m joined by Ian McDermott, CEO at Peabody.We had an incredibly insightful conversation, ranging from his...

Ceri Theobald, Group Director of Strategic Partnerships & Growth at Futures Housing Group

This week I’m joined by Ceri Theobald from Futures Housing Group. Ceri is the Group Director of Strategic Partnerships and...

Helen Ward, Group Organisational Development Director at Torus and Moreen Pascal, Programme Manager at Housing Diversity Network

We’re back with episode 10 of The HIP with not just one, but two fantastic guest speakers who share their knowledge on the...

Richard Ellis, Director of Sustainability at Peabody

We’re back with the ninth episode of The HIP with host James Leighton. Today we’re joined by Richard Ellis, Director of...

Colette McKune MBE, Group Chief Executive at ForViva

Colette McKune MBE, Group Chief Executive at ForViva, appears on episode 8 of The HIP alongside host James Leighton, Director of...

Alexandra Willey, Director of Strategic Asset Management at Clarion Housing Group | Reaching a carbon-neutral future

It’s time for the next episode of the Housing Industry Podcast (HIP podcast) with our host James Leighton. In this episode, James...

Gerraint Oakley, Executive Director of Growth and Development at Platform Housing Group | Hurdles the housing sector is facing, his hopes for the future of the industry in the UK

Welcome to the fifth installment of The Housing Industry Podcast (The HIP). In this latest episode, our host James Leighton sits down...

Nick Atkin, CEO Yorkshire Housing | Putting Tenants First, Agile & Flexible Working, Housing Crisis Action Plan

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Housing Industry Podcast (The HIP), with host James Leighton.In this instalment of the show, James is...

Dave Sheridan, Chairman of Ilke Homes | Promoting Employees, Zero Carbon Houses, UK Housing Crisis

Welcome to The HIP, the brand new Andersen James Group podcast series.In episode 3 of the podcast, James Leighton sits down with...

Lee Sale, Regional MD of Lovell | Lee’s leadership journey, COVID’s impact and future predictions

Welcome to The HIP, the brand new Andersen James Group podcast series. For our second episode, we’re delighted to welcome Lee Sale,...

Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman of Urban Splash | Leadership, the housing sector, property development

Welcome to the first ever episode of the Housing Industry Podcast (HIP podcast)! In this episode, our host James Leighton talks to Tom Bloxham...


Our Host

The Housing Industry Podcast will be hosted by James Leighton – CEO of Andersen James. James has spent over 15 years working in the housing sector, from new-build and refurbishment, to maintenance, energy, and everything in between.

With his insider knowledge, diverse network, and inquisitive nature, James will find out what got his guests to where they are in the housing sector.

How they’re using their influence in the market to help end the housing crisis. What they’re doing to tackle diversity. And how they plan to help reach net zero carbon by 2050.


Our Guests

The Housing Industry Podcast podcast will feature conversations with many leading figures from right across the housing sector. From Housing Association taking unique approaches to the housing crisis, to larger private companies making waves in the space. Expect to hear from some of the most influential people in the industry.