Director of Design & Property Services
Siobhan McCauley joined Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 2012 as Director of Design & Property Services and from January 2014 as Director of Regional Services. Regional Services includes the functions of Private Sector Grants, Regeneration and New Build, Supporting People and Homelessness, Strategic Planning and Market Research.
Siobhan holds the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction and is a member of Institute of Directors; MBA; Masters in Management Economics and Politics and Bachelor of Applied Economics.
Siobhan was previously worked in the public and private sector with positions held in Tourism NI, IntertradeIreland , Craigavon Borough Council and the Euroventure Group.
Professor John Flint
Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield
Professor John Flint is Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. He is co-editor of the Housing Studies journal and a Trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He previously held academic posts at Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. He has been an Executive Committee member of the Housing Studies Association. John’s research interests include housing governance, welfare reform, citizenship, anti-social behaviour and social cohesion. He is currently involved in a major research project studying welfare conditionality in the UK.
Professor Richard Ronald
Professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam
Richard Ronald is professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research focuses on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations across Europe and Pacific Asia. He is the co-convener of the ENHR working group on Home Ownership and Globalisation, co-editor of ‘The Contemporary City’ book series (Palgrave Macmillan) and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Housing Policy. Richard’s latest project, looking at family housing wealth and welfare regimes across in Europe (www.houwel.uva.nl), is funded by an Independent Researchers Grant from the European Research Council.
Professor Isobel Anderson
Chair in Housing Studies
Professor Isobel Anderson is Chair in Housing Studies and Research Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where she has worked since 1994. She has research, teaching and supervision interests in housing policy and governance; inequality and social exclusion; homelessness; health & well-being; and international comparisons. She has held research grants from a range of funding agencies and published widely for scholarly, policy and practice audiences. Isobel was a founder of the ENHR working group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion, which she jointly co-ordinated during 2003-13; and in 2015 she joined the co-ordination team for the working group on Housing in Developing Countries. She is a Member of the International Advisory Committee of the, European Journal of Homelessness and a board member of Homeless Action Scotland.
Dr Jennifer Donald,
Deputy Chief Executive
Dr Jennifer Donald is Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA). She manages NIFHA’s policy, practice, research and communication services as well as supporting the organisation’s lobbying and influencing on areas such as development, finance and procurement.
Jennifer joined NIFHA from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) where she was responsible for policy and public affairs in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In her three years with CIH, she edited Housing Ireland: A Journal for Irish Housing Professionals and led work on the private rented sector, affordable housing models, finance and welfare reform.
Jennifer previously held posts in the Department for Social Development in urban regeneration policy and as Private Secretary to the Minister for Social Development from 2008 to 2010. Prior to this she was a Research Officer in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
In February 2014, Jennifer was appointed Chair of the Interim Regulatory Committee in the Republic of Ireland, which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies and advising on the development of statutory regulation.
Diana Fitzsimons MA MSc FRICS MRTPI
Planning and Development Consultant
Diana Fitzsimons MA MSc FRICS MRTPI – is a Planning and Development Consultant based in Northern Ireland with a long career in planning spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as academia. She is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University; a Belfast Harbour Commissioner; Chair of Fold Housing Association; and Deputy President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) which is based in Denmark. She currently represents IFHP in the UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, the General Assembly of Partners and the Habitats Professional Forum. Her areas of interest include social housing, housing with care, urban regeneration, place making and planning/housing policy. She has given conference papers in many countries throughout the world and has published a number of journal articles, mainly on urban regeneration.
Director of LiD Architecture
Dougal Sheridan is an academic and director of LiD Architecture a multi-award winning practice that has received awards for both its architectural and research projects. He has held various academic positions including lecturer in Architecture at the University of Ulster, A visiting fellow of the University of Queensland Australia, and is currently external examiner to Architecture Program in Sligo IT and external reviewer to the Architecture schools in UCD, DIT, and UCC. He has published widely in both Practise and Research Publications in the Fields of Urban Design/ Landscape Strategies, Participatory Design Methodologies, and Innovative Housing Models. His most recent edited book Translating Housing investigates the application of German co-housing models in the NI/ Irish context.
Deputy Head of Unit for Urban Territorial Development
Nelly Paleologou is the deputy Head of Unit in the unit for Urban territorial development and social inclusion at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy in the European Commission (DG REGIO). She follows between others the developments of the Urban Agenda and its implementation as well as activities related to the social integration. She has a legal background and before joining DG REGIO, within the European Commission she worked in Directorate-General Environment responsible for the implementation of the environmental law in various Member States, and in Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in the field of nuclear and non nuclear energy research. Previously she has worked as head of the Brussels office of BirdLife International.
Board Member of West of Scotland Housing Association
Jim has worked in housing in Scotland for 35 years. Most of his career was spent in local government with South Lanarkshire Council. From 2005 he was Director of Housing and Technical Resources, accountable for 1900 staff and budgets in excess of £300 million.
In 2010 Jim became Policy Manager with ALACHO, the representative body for Scotland’s chief housing officers, in which capacity he was elected Joint Chair of the National Housing Policy & Delivery Group. He is currently Housing Adviser to The Scottish Cities Alliance and engaged with the European Housing Partnership, part of the emerging EU Urban Agenda.
He has a BA and an MPhil in Housing Studies from Glasgow University, and is a Board Member of West of Scotland Housing Association.
Neighbourhood and Cohesion Manager for the Housing Executive, with responsibility for Community Cohesion and Community Engagement.
The Housing Executive is responsible for almost 90,000 social housing properties, almost all of which are located within estates that remain deeply segregated as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict. Segregation sits at 90% within the social housing sector and rises to 94% in Belfast. This segregation is compounded by the presence of over 80 ‘Peace walls’, of which 21 are in the Housing Executive’s ownership. The Housing Executive have been at the forefront of the good relations agenda in Northern Ireland and have, from 2008, been delivering a wide range of programmes to develop greater community cohesion within their estates.
Head of Division, Urban Development, European Investment Bank
Gerry heads EIB’s Urban Development Division, where he is responsible for the appraisal of the Bank’s urban development projects and its policy approach in the sector. He has worked most of his career in the urban sector, in consultancy, at EBRD, in JASPERS and at EIB. He has worked with projects in urban transport, water, solid waste, district heating, social infrastructure, and integrated urban renewal. He was based for 9 years in Warsaw. His mother tongue is English, he is fluent in Polish, operational in French, and is learning Arabic. Gerry has degrees in Geography from Oxford and London universities.
Professor in the Paris Urban School of Planning of the University Paris-Est-Créteil
Christine Lelévrier is an urban sociologist, Professor in the Paris Urban School of Planning of the University Paris-Est-Créteil and director of the research centre, Lab’urba. Her research interests include segregation and ethnic minorities, residential mobility and housing and urban policies in deprived neighbourhoods in Europe. Last ten years, she has been carrying out research on the trajectories of forced relocated people and on social interaction in renewed large social housing estates. Since 2013, she has been involved as the French partner in the European project “divercities, governing urban diversity”.
Research Coordinator at Housing Europe
Agata Krause is a Research Coordinator at Housing Europe, a network organisation that associates social, public and cooperative housing providers across Europe. Her background is in spatial planning. She was awarded Bachelor and Master degrees in (accordingly) Spatial Planning and City and Regional Management by the University of Lodz in Poland. She moved to the United Kingdom to do PhD at the School of Planning and Geography of Cardiff University. She completed her thesis in 2014. She worked as a researcher on several projects relating to housing and sustainable urban development and as a tutor since 2009.
Director of Housing Services with Fold Housing Association
Eileen is the Director of Housing Services with Fold Housing Association, a position she has held since December 2005. Fold is one of the largest housing associations in N.I. with over 6,500 stock and has been at the forefront of developing and delivering high quality housing and services to meet the needs of all client groups.
Eileen is responsible for the Housing Management and Property Maintenance functions of Fold’s sheltered and general family housing. She has vast experience in all aspects of social housing and during her career has held various positions with the Housing Executive and has also worked on secondment to the DSD Housing Branch for a number of years.
Eileen is a graduate of The University of Ulster, holds an MSc in Housing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.