Lead Into Your Future
Director of Community Strategy, Partnerships and Funding, Peabody
Sahil is Director of Community Investment at Catalyst Housing and chair of Catalyst Housing Charitable Trust. He is also a Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) London Board member and a trustee at Local Trust.
Sahil is working directly with customers and colleagues to develop an ambitious new community investment strategy that covers all areas where Peabody and Catalyst Housing Limited have homes. As a newly merged organisation, Sahil and his team will be investing an impressive £11M annually in community investment work. With a dedicated team of over 150 colleagues, they are committed to making a positive difference in neighborhoods and managing nearly 100 community centers across London and the South East. He has successfully led transformative projects, ensuring effective community engagement and the delivery of sustainable outcomes.
Director of Housing, Brent Council
With more than twenty-five years of experience in housing across seven London Councils, Hakeem is currently Director of Housing at the London Borough of Brent – one of the UK’s most diverse areas and now London Borough of Culture 2020.
Hakeem has overseen Brent’s ALMO being brought back in-house and has since embarked on transforming how housing services are delivered in the multicultural borough, which is home to Wembley Stadium.
As well as being responsible for maximising the delivery of affordable housing in the borough – delivering 5,000 new homes in the next five years – Hakeem is responsible for other services such as Homelessness and Allocations and Private Sector Housing services, which includes landlord licensing, property standards enforcement, empty property grants and adaptations – and the management of the Council’s own housing stock of around 12,500 homes.
Passionate about social housing, gaining insight to people’s needs and exploring innovative ways to deliver services, Hakeem has a Master’s degree in Housing and an MPA from the University of Birmingham. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Chief Executive, Community Housing
Matt has considerable experience of working in housing, and since moving to the Midlands in 2000, joined Solihull Council as Deputy Director. He established North Solihull Regeneration which helped transform the area and then led the team that established Solihull Community Housing (SCH) and became its first Chief Executive. SCH was the first housing service to be awarded 3 stars with excellent prospects for improvement by the Audit Commission in the West Midlands.
Matt was Chief Executive of Asra and helped transform it from a poorly performing housing association into one with high customer satisfaction. He then became Chief Operating Officer of PA Housing following the merger between Asra and Paragon, leading the integration of the two businesses. Prior to joining TCHG, Matt was working for Surrey County Council to improve the performance of their Land & Property Team.
Date: 8th June 2023
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: Central London
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