About us

The Strategic Network is an essential resource for everyone involved in policy, strategy and the PRS. The Network is designed for social housing strategy and policy professionals, with comprehensive updates along with advice, in-depth analysis and sound practical guidance.

About us

We have loads of benefits for you, take a look below.

  • Monthly Strategic Network newsletter, which includes the latest briefings, research and important member information.
  • A monthly at a glance guide on the status of proposed national policies.
  • Access to ‘ask the members’ service and dedicated online forum to share best practice
  • Specialist support via our ‘ask the expert’ service
  • Use of our regularly updated self-assessment toolkits, covering subjects such as strategic housing, homelessness, PRS and enabling
  • Free best practice workshops, a perfect place to share best practice and build up a strong peer network
  • A dedicated website for strategic planning best practice guidance and expert opinion.
  • A free place for the Strategic Network annual conference, bringing together those who work in strategic housing
  • Advertise your job vacancies free of charge
  • Generous discounts on events and public training, plus related consultancy and accreditation products.

Meet the team

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

Emma Lindley

Emma Lindley Emma Lindley

Emma Lindley is a housing professional with eight years’ experience in housing associations in the East Midlands. Emma has worked in a variety of roles including managing a private sector leasing scheme, working with local authorities to bring empty properties back into use, delivering housing advice services on behalf of a local authority, co-regulation, providing a policy, and research service for corporate and front line teams, responding to Government consultations. Emma has been an HQN Associate since 2013 and is also Chair of the CIH East Midlands board.

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.

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

Wendy Murphy 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.

Roger Jarman

Roger Jarman 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.