About SHOUT

SHOUT is a campaign making the case for social housing.

Formed in January 2014, SHOUT is governed by volunteers who, between them, have 300 years’ experience of working in the housing sector. SHOUT intends  to influence policy debates in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and beyond.

The SHOUT Steering Group are:

  • Aileen Evans
  • Kevin Gulliver
  • Steve Hilditch
  • Alison Inman
  • Tim Morton
  • Kate Murray
  • Tom Murtha
  • Andrew Rynham
  • Tony Stacey
  • Martin Wheatley
  • Colin Wiles


The impetus for shout came from an article written by former Housing Minister John Healey MP published in the Guardian newspaper in December 2013:

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2013/dec/16/housing-sector-affordable-rent-cuts

SHOUT will make the case for investment in genuinely affordable socially-rented homes and demonstrate the positive effects that social housing has on people and communities.

Aileen Evans
Aileen has over thirty years’ experience working for both local authorities and housing associations. She is currently Managing Director of Aragon and MacIntyre Housing Associations (both part of the Grand Union Housing Group). The Group has been responsible for producing a number of reports looking at the impact of welfare reform.

Kevin Gulliver
Kevin is Director of the Human City Institute, Chair of the Centre of Community Research and Senior Partner in SWS Communications. He has worked at senior levels in housing and health for 25 years. Kevin is author of six books and 150 reports about housing. He writes regularly for the national and trade media.

Steve Hilditch
Steve edits Red Brick blog. He was formerly assistant director of housing for Haringey, Head of Housing Policy for Shelter, and visiting professor at the University of Westminster. He drafted Ken Livingstone’s housing strategy and worked on the council housing finance review. He chaired the National Tenant Voice working party producing the report Citizens of Equal Worth. He was brought up on a council estate in Newcastle.

Alison Inman
Alison is a former chair of the NFA, the trade body for ALMOs, and Colchester Borough Homes. She currently sits on the Governing Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is vice-Chair of TPAS.

Tim Morton
Tim is a founder member of Engage Associates, a network of independent trainers and consultants, and has worked in housing and communities since the early 1980s. He has worked with hundreds of tenants assisting them to develop co-ops, Tenant Management Organisations, negotiate stock transfers and ALMOs, become board members of Registered Providers and set up scrutiny panels.

Kate Murray
Kate is a journalist and editor on housing and social policy. She is a former editor of Inside Housing and Housing Today magazines and now writes for a range of national and specialist publications and organisations. 

Tom Murtha
Tom spent 40 years in the housing and care sector. He retired as Chief Executive of Midland Heart, one of the largest housing and care organisations in the UK, in 2012. Tom now chairs HACT and writes on leadership and housing issues. He is a non-executive board member of Plus Dane Group and a trustee of Emmaus in Coventry. In 2009 Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham.

Andrew Rynham
Andrew worked with an MP for 9 months and, as well as supporting the Member, he worked passionately behind the scenes as an integral part of the campaign that resulted in a Royal Pardon for Alan Turing.  Most recently he worked for TPAS for just under 2 years, some of his work in that time has been referenced by Select Committees, APPGs and the UN. He is currently studying for a Masters.

Tony Stacey
Tony has been Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association for 18 years, and CEO of Hexagon HA for 9 years before that. He chairs PlaceShapers, the group of 100+ community focused, values-led associations who manage 720,000 homes and account for 1/3 of new developments. He was voted the 3rd most influential person in housing in the PowerPlayers list.

Martin Wheatley
Martin has worked for the Treasury, Cabinet Office, a London borough and LGA on economic and social issues, including housing.   At LGA he played a leading role in campaigning for reform of council housing finance.  He now runs his own independent advisory business.

Colin Wiles
Colin has over thirty years’ experience working for local authorities in London and Cambridge, and for large and small housing associations. Colin writes extensively on housing and related matters for Inside Housing, 24 Housing and The Guardian.


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  • The Government’s attacks on social housing amount to an attempt to abolish the remaining affordable provision, from housing benefit cuts and the bedroom tax to the measures in the Housing Bill to extend heavily discounted right to buy, give developers windfall profits by substituting unaffordable “starter homes” for rent and shared ownership, sell inner city council housing and end secure tenancies. Please sign the petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-social-housing-sector
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