Simon is Head of Housing Legislation at the Welsh Government.
He has held a variety of public service roles in the voluntary sector, UK Government, European Union and, since 2010, the Welsh Government. His current role includes responsibility for implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. His team also led on the emergency housing legislation introduced in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic and leads on leasehold reform too.
Julie owns Gothard Rowe which provides services to landlords, including helping tenants to source grant aid when they are in arrears of rent. She is also a mediator with the Property Redress Scheme.
Julie has been working in the sector for over 25 years in various capacities including as a landlord, tenant adviser, writer and speaker.
Bill spent 30 years in local government, holding senior positions in Social Work, Housing & Finance. He retired as Head of Housing Services (Benefits, Revenues & Advice) at one of the UK’s largest councils.
Since January 2012 he has been at the forefront of Universal Credit training for both SRS and Private Sector landlords, on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Residential Landlords Association, individual Housing Associations and Charitable bodies, UK wide. He now owns and operates www.universalcreditadvice.com.
Sean is the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. Heis a qualified Qualified Adjudicator (ACIArb), a CEDR Accredited Mediator, with a Professional Award in Ombudsman and Complaints Handling Practice – Queen Margaret University and Ombudsman Association.
The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) is a Government approved letting agent and property management redress scheme (often known as a property ombudsman).
Nigel is a well known freelance property journalist and editor.
He has a 28 year track record in national newspapers, online, and consumer magazines. trade media including 21 years spent covering property. He currently writes for both LandlordZONE and the Negotiator
Jonathan Werren is the Chief Executive of Localis, an independent not for profit think tank. Localis works to promote neo-localist ideas through research, events and commentary. Neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation.
The episode looks at their most recent report ‘Lagging Behind’ which deals with the problems of retrofitting British homes. Other reports published by Localis include Building Communities, the Commercial Edge and Hitting reset.
Steve Harriott is the Chief Executive of The Dispute Service Ltd. He has been Chief Executive since September 2010 and has worked as Chief Executive of three housing associations as well as chairing a housing association and a regeneration charity. He is currently also a Director at SafeDeposits Scotland, a Director of TDS Northern Ireland and a Director of the TDS Charitable Foundation.
Dr Julie Rugg
Julie is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of York. Her principal areas of expertise include the private rented sector (PRS), housing assistance within the welfare system and qualitative analysis of housing behaviours. She is particularly interested in the ways the PRS functions as a ‘complex system’, and her work seeks to understand characteristics of rental sub-markets, the behaviours of tenants and landlords, the operation and impact of statutory agencies which aim to regulate the sector, the use made by the PRS of housing charities and the ways in which commercial enterprises frame opportunities within the rental sector.
Eddie is the CEO of Hamilton Fraser Insurance. Which provide not only landlords insurance but also run My Deposits, the Property Redress Scheme, Landlord Action and LandlordZONE.
You can find out more about Eddie in the online interview here.
Robert is a housing barrister and Deputy District Judge.
He is based at Selbourne Chambers.
David is very well known in the industry. A ‘policy and public affairs professional’, he originally trained as a barrister but since then has been policy director at the National Landlords Association and for 7 years was the CEO of Arla Propertymark.
He is now Legal & Compliance Director at Rightmove.
Richard describes himself as a ‘residential investment specialist’ on his website, and he has a wide and varied experience in the private rented sector. In episode 8 we look specifically at ‘build to rent’. However, Richard is also a private landlord himself and is currently working with Howsy – which is hoping to shake up the sector and do things differently.
David is well known in the private rented sector. He is a very well respected solicitor and partner at JMW Solicitors. He is also the Legal Counsel for the National Residential Landlords Association. David is an experienced trainer and a published author and speaker. For more information about David, you will find an interview with him on YouTube here.
Chris is the Head of Best Practice for the housing charity Crisis. Crisis work across England, Scotland and Wales, providing direct services to prevent and relieve homelessness across 11 UK locations. Chris also leads on a programme of good practice supporting and funding other organisations to create and improve their own housing solutions to end homelessness.
Justin is a specialist housing barrister from Landmark Chambers in London, who has appeared in many seminal housing law cases. You can hear him discussing two in webinars on the Right to Rent litigation and the Trecarrel House v. Rouncefield case, with Tessa, which can be found on the Landlord Law YouTube page.
(Episode 3 had no guest). In Episode 4 we spoke to
Chris Wood from Shelter.
Chris is the Assistant Director, Research, Policy and Public Affairs at Shelter UK. Chris worked on housing policy and strategy at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and before that was Health Policy Manager at Action on Hearing Loss, managing research and policy across all areas of health and social care.
We had two guests in Episode 2:
Bernadette is Director of Housing at Duncan Lewis having joined the firm in 2013.
She supervises a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers who all specialise in Housing Law nad has over 15 years of post-qualification experience. She specialises in all aspects of housing litigation and tenant/landlord social housing matters and has been a duty solicitor since 2002 at both Bow County Court and also the Central London County Court.
Eleanor is a solicitor at Anthony Gold where she specialises in housing and property disputes.
However, she guested on the podcast as a member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association Executive Committee and the Legal Aid Working Group.
Kate is an industry expert who guested on episode 1.
She can be found online at Property Checklists.co.uk which is a free site for anyone looking for an independent view on what’s happening to property prices and rents or for help carrying out a property project, be it investing, renting, building a home or renovating. If you have a question you are struggling to get a straight answer too, contact Kate and her team via the website contact us page.