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Emerging leaders programme

We believe that leadership is a critical element in the successful implementation of evidence into practice. 

It is for this reason that we joined forces with Clore Social Leadership to harness the collective experiences and insights of third sector change-makers to address some of today’s most pressing challenges.

Supported with funding from the National Housing Federation, Health Foundation and Oak Foundation, this new programme sees 17 leaders working in housing, homelessness and health across the UK benefit from intensive leadership training and development. 

As part of the programme we’ve set the group a challenge: to work in teams to identify a pressing need within their field, problem solve and design solutions. Our hope is for these change-makers to become a community of leaders committed to using evidence of what works (and what doesn't) to achieve better results for people experiencing homelessness.

The 2018/19 cohort

Brian Robson

Senior Specialist [Engagement], Homes England

Charlotte Turner

Head of Organisational Development, Social Bite

David Parker-Radford

Homeless Health Programme Manager, The Queen's Nursing Institute

Dionne Charlotte Williams

Project Manager, Single Homeless Prevention Service

Eilidh Stringer

Funding Manager, Action Homelessness

Francesca Albanese

Head of Research and Evaluation, Crisis

Hilary Burkitt

Head of Research, Shelter UK

James Boultbee

Operations Manager, Wycombe Homeless Connection

Kate McCauley

Policy and Practice Manager, Housing Rights

Kirsty McKechnie

Welfare Rights Worker, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

Matthieu Lambert

Chief Executive, Hope into Action: Black Country

Meghan Roach

Youth Services Manager, New Horizon Youth Centre

Melissa Mean

Head of Arts Programme, Knowle West Media Centre

Nicola Harwood

Associate Director for Prevention, Depaul UK

Rachael Smart

Head of Housing Services, Paragon Asra Housing Ltd

Tassie Weaver

Head of Networks and Operations, Making Every Adult Matter [Homeless Link]

Tricia Imrie

Assistant Director for Development, Simon Community Scotland


Latest news

Looking back at our first year + mapping 2019 with our Advisory Panel

We brought our Advisory Panel together to share the progress and learnings from our 1st year, get their input on key opportunities in the year ahead, refining our offer for local areas and seeking their guidance on where to build upon the evidence baseline in homelessness.


Our emerging leaders on leadership + personal development

In this short film our emerging leaders reflect on the how they have developed their leadership skills as they move through the Clore programme.

Our Emerging Leaders on Prototyping

The Centre, Clore Emerging Leaders and IDEO designers explore prototyping and discuss its value when designing solutions for complex problems.

David Orr CBE: 30 years in housing – a leadership story

David Orr shares reflections on his career and leadership advice with our 17 emerging leaders.

Why design thinking?

The Clore cohort discuss their challenges which respond to a pressing need in the sector by harnessing design thinking.