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Alistair McIntosh is one of the social housing sector's most respected and best known personalities.
As founder and chief executive of HQN, he is regarded as one of the foremost advisers on governance and regulation, specialising in VfM and stress testing. His hands on approach sees Alistair leading on all HQN's in-depth assessment mock exercises and support work, designing and running the popular Iron Grip sessions and chairing/speaking at conferences and events.
Career highlights include: Setting up and running the National Federation of ALMOs, leading the popular consultation on the regulatory standards for housing and developing an approach to VfM that won praise from the housing minister.
A regular contributor to the housing press, Alistair's columns are known for their humorous, pointed and painfully accurate assessment of the state of social housing
Since its inception, HQN has built up a membership of more than 1,000 housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs across its networks.
Lydia joined HQN in 2007 and is currently the Deputy CEO. Her background is in housing management – both general needs and supported. She has worked extensively as a consultant on a wide variety of performance improvement projects. In her current role Lydia has responsibility for overseeing all of HQN’s work and for quality assurance in particular. She spends the majority of her time talking to HQN members to make sure that our service meets their needs, and on consultancy-related work.
Jon joined HQN in October 2015 after five years as editor of 24housing magazine. A journalist by profession, he started his career at the Hereford Times before joining allpay in 2005 to establish the 24dash.com news website. He has joined the HQN team to head up the Housing Quality Network, develop the events programme and lead on The Governor, HQN's magazine.
Janis Bright is an award winning journalist and a post-doctorate level researcher. Her research projects include analysis of high-performing organisations, governance in England and Scotland and resident involvement in European countries. She is editor of HQN’s topical housing research newsletter and commissions Network briefings.