(Welsh) Housing Power Players 2014?
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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By Brett Sadler, assistant director neighbourhoods, North Wales Housing
The recent publication by 24housing of 2014′s top 50 Power Players included five welsh representatives.
21 – Gavin Smart – director of policy and practice, Chartered Institute of Housing (and Bron Afon Board member).
22 – Jules Birch – Welsh Housing Quarterly editor and blogger.
37 – Robin Staines – Head of housing – Camarthenshire County Council.
40 – Michelle Reid – CEO – Cynan Taff Community Housing.
47 – Carl Sergeant – Welsh Assembly Minister for Housing and Regeneration
Interesting enough, at the CIH Cymru TAI Housing conference in Cardiff recently, Michelle Reid queried whether it would be possible for her to remain in the top 50 as part of her new role. I guess next year's list will be the real litmus test, but signs are looking good.
This year 24housing have also included at top 30 CEOs list, which include the following Welsh representatives:
14 – Michelle Reid – Cynon Taf Community Housing
22 – Andrew Lycett – RCT Homes
30 – Duncan Forbes – Bron Afon
So, the overall picture shows that Wales does have some representation, but not much. I do wonder whether this reflects the much wider picture of Wales having different legislation and regulation (to name but two), making it difficult for Wales to seep over into England (and vice versa).
OK, so between the two lists there were eight from and connected to Wales out of 80 listed, but what about Scotland and Northern Ireland? They were even more sparsely represented. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the power player list is a bit of fun really and it certainly doesn’t include a scientifically proven formula, but it fires up some debate about these issues.
The other big issue to come out of the top 50 Power Players list is the lack of diversity. Only 12 women are listed, the same number as last year. Grania Long, herself number five on the Power Players list for this year, has recognised this by agreeing to put the diversity issue on the CIH Conference debate programme for Manchester. This is after all a much bigger issue than just the Power Players list and has been talked about for some years within #ukhousing.
On a purely superficial level (I can work like this when needed), the list shows me who has some influence in the world of housing. Most of the list are names that we know and recognise due to their hard work within the sector. I also have to agree with Steve Hildich’s comment on his Red Brick blog that ‘you’d rather be on the list than not’.
So here’s to next year’s Power Players list and seeing whether any of this and previous years' issues get ironed out. Who’s willing to bet that there will be an increased diversity in next year's list?
The full Power Players Top 50 list can be read in the April issue of 24housing, out now.
This article orginally appeared on Brett's blog.