About us

The Strategic Network is a specialist network for housing policy and strategy professionals within social housing. It provides comprehensive news and policy updates with advice, in-depth analysis and sound practical guidance.

About us

It supports members from local authorities, housing associations and ALMOs to develop their capacity to plan for the future and respond to the government's agenda.

The private rented sector is big and it's booming. In some areas private landlords own more homes than all the social landlords put together. We are starting to see the growth of a new breed of large-scale private landlords. Councils are asking private landlords to take their fair share of homeless people. Housing associations are beginning to offer homes at market rents.

Every council and housing association needs to think about how it responds to the growth of the private landlord. The Strategic Network is an essential resource for everyone involved in policy, strategy and the PRS.

The Strategic Network covers:

  • Access to housing
  • Tenancy strategy and allocations
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Homelessness
  • Housing strategy and policy
  • Planning and regeneration
  • Private sector housing
  • Enabling
  • The environment
  • Rural housing.

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Meet the team

Our dedicated team has a wealth of experience in the sector, and vast knowledge of the issues and practices.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown Tim Brown

Tim Brown BSc(Hons), Dip TP, PhD, MCIH, MeRSA is a qualified town planner and a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is an independent consultant and a Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government at De Montfort University. He was previously Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research. He has been a board member and chair of a number of housing associations, a director of two social enterprises and a member of Coventry Partnership. His main areas of expertise are the housing needs of older people, economic development and regeneration, housing policy and local government and social housing allocations systems. Current projects include work on boosting housing supply, housing and safeguarding and the private rented sector.

Helena Taylor-Knox

Mental health Helena Taylor-Knox

Helena Taylor-Knox, BSc (Hons),MSc, ACIH, MBPsS, is a Managing Director in her own partnership consultancy specialising in the organisational development arena, and a consultant and coach with HQN, for whom she provides leadership coaching to clients looking to achieve the highest standards in performance management and organisational excellence. Helena’s company is also the preferred provider of leadership development and coaching to the MAA, the UK trade body for marketing.

Helena is a Business Psychologist and is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Special Group for Coaching Psychology and the Association of Business Psychologists. She has a BSc in Behavioural Sciences and a Master’s in Mental Health (Organisational Psychology and Psychiatry). After completing her clinical training in New York, Helena moved to Wiltshire and set up her business in London. She is currently undertaking her doctorate in coaching and mentoring.

Suzanne McBride

Suzanne McBride Suzanne McBride

Suzanne has wide-ranging experience in supported housing, homelessness, home improvements, tenant engagement, allocations and the development of strategies and investment plans. She is an expert on affordable housing, national and regional policy, as well as the development of effective sub-regional and regional partnerships and delivery arrangements. She has negotiated affordable housing deals on major growth sites and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her work.

Wendy Murphy

Leadership and management Wendy Murphy

Wendy Murphy is an experienced consultant who has worked in the housing sector for more than 30 years. She has undertaken a wide range of consultancy assignments for HQN, including projects on tenancies and allocations. She has written briefing papers for HQN on a wide range of topics, including emerging new approaches to housing management, tenancy strategies and policies, affordable rents, allocations and lettings, hard-to-let properties and partnership working.

Wendy was previously a senior manager with Bristol City Council where she was responsible for developing new approaches to housing management, including locally managed approaches and integration with a wider range of services. She was chair of Flourish Homes and sat on the Aster Group board for eight years. Wendy has run a large number of in-house and public training courses; her approach is practical and action orientated, ensuring that learning is embedded into the organisation. Wendy also works as a coach and facilitator.

Emma Lindley

Emma Lindley Emma Lindley

Emma has considerable experience in all aspects of leasing and managing PRS properties. She currently co-ordinates a private sector leasing scheme providing temporary accommodation for homeless households, affordable rent, LHA and market rent housing. Emma played an instrumental role in the design and set up of this PSL scheme.

Lesley Healey

Lesley Healey Lesley Healey

Lesley has been responsible for a wide range of housing services including allocations and lettings, homelessness, resettlement, housing strategy and Supporting People. She has worked with numerous organisations helping them to understand local housing needs and improve service provision.

Roger Jarman

Leadership and management Roger Jarman

Roger Jarman’s career in housing spans over 40 years. He has worked as an academic, in local government and for a range of central agencies. In the 1990s he was Head of Housing Management at the Housing Corporation. From 1999 to 2011 Roger worked at the Audit Commission where he was Head of Housing. He is now an independent housing consultant and trainer and has worked for a wide range of housing organisations and local authority clients. He is a well respected commentator on housing issues and has written extensively for HQN and others on housing policy, housing regulation, the private rented sector and related subjects.