President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Tim was elected President of the CIEH for a three-year period from 1 January 2015. He is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and was elected as a Fellow in 2000. His last Local Government post was as Strategic Director for Adur and Worthing Councils, where he was responsible for their joint EH, Housing, Planning, Regeneration and Leisure Services. He was the Chair of a statutory Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and a member of the West Sussex Safeguarding Board and its Serious Cases Review Panel. During his 13 years at Sutton LBC he was responsible for all regulatory services, corporate health and safety and the school meals service. His department won a Beacon Council award in 2002 for Better Regulation initiatives, and he was the lead officer in achieving EMAS accreditation across the Council. As head of their corporate policy unit he led a successful Best Value programme and gained a top score for the first full corporate assessment. He has worked for three other London Boroughs and the City of Swansea.
Private Rented Sector Programme Manager, Greater London Authority
Rhona is the Private Rented Sector Programme Manager in the Mayor’s housing policy team at the Greater London Authority (GLA). Her responsibilities include delivering projects designed to improve the private rented sector and leading on lobbying and policy development with regard to private rent. Before joining the GLA in 2013 Rhona worked in the policy team at the National Housing Federation specialising in social housing investment, welfare benefit reform and housing policy in London and the South of England. She started her career as a research assistant to a Member of Parliament, focusing on issues relating to housing, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and local government.
FFPH, Public Health Specialist, Healthy Places Team, Health Equity and Mental Health, Public Health England
Carl is a Public Health Specialist who joined Public Health England on its establishment on 1st April 2013. He works in a team leading on the wider determinants of health and health inequalities. He manages the ‘Healthy Places’ programme, focussing on how spatial planning of the built and natural environment and the design of housing, transport, the public realm and access to green infrastructure can promote better health and wellbeing.
For many years previously, he worked for the Department of Health across South East England and nationally on a wide range of policy areas, particularly those concerned with improving the health and wellbeing of older adults. From 2011, he led the development of the national Heatwave and Cold Weather Plans for England and the associated Warm Homes Healthy People fund initiatives.
MCIEH CEnvH, Managing Director, London Property Licensing
Richard Tacagni is the founder and Managing Director of London Property Licensing, an independent housing consultancy providing simple, impartial and expert advice on housing regulation.
Richard is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with over 22 years local government experience and one of the leading experts on regulation of the private rented sector. Until December 2014, he was Head of Private Sector Housing at Redbridge Council. Previously, he spent four years as Head of Housing at LACORS (part of the Local Government Association Group) – a national advisor helping all councils in England to implement the Housing Act 2004. His local government career has spanned across the Midlands, South West and London.
In April 2015, he launched the award-winning London Property Licensing website, a free information resource to help landlords and letting agents understand housing regulation. His consultancy service is in high demand and assists landlords, letting agents, local authorities and organisations up and down the country.
In April 2015, Richard co-authored Future of London’s report PRS Licensing – Policy and Practice with Jo Wilson, Head of Policy. He also developed the Effective Enforcement in the PRS Toolkit that was published by NALS in June 2016.
Service Manager, Private Housing Standards, Sheffield City Council
Michelle has 20 years’ experience working as a housing professional. Having worked for a number of different Local Authorities and Housing Associations; she has been responsible for a range of work areas including Policy and Strategy development, Social Housing/ Tenancy Management, Community Development, Corporate services and negotiations with Regulators. Professionally accredited with the Chartered Institute of Housing, she gained an honours degree in Housing from Sheffield Hallam University.
Since 2008, Michelle has been instrumental in modernising the culture and improving performance of the Private Sector Housing team in Sheffield. She has carried out two service restructures; improving staff morale, raising performance, lowering public complaints and developing a range of partnerships with landlords, Shelter and Central government. Under her leadership the service has been nationally recognised for work on the new Agents redress scheme, the flagship scheme ‘Snug’, a partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the Hallam Student Union which approves and promotes quality, well managed student homes, and for setting and enforcing high standards in the Page Hall Selective Licensing scheme.
Michelle has lived in the Isles of Scilly and South Wales but is now very much settled in her native and beloved Sheffield. She has a 23 year old son.
Lord Richard Best OBE
Lord Richard Best chairs the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, chairs the Council of The Property Ombudsman, co-chairs the Home Office’s Landlords Consultative Group and the Empty Homes Group of the APPG on Housing and Planning. He has been President of the Local Government Association and Chair of Hanover Housing Association. He was previously chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and, before that, the National Housing Federation. He recently successfully piloted the Homelessness Reduction Act through the House of Lords.
Clive Betts MP
Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee
Clive Betts MP began his political career in 1973 and in 1976 was elected as a member of Sheffield City Council. He became Leader of the Council in 1987, having served on the Housing and Finance committees for several years. He remained on the Council until his election as Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe in 1992.
Clive was appointed a Government Whip in 1997 and held the post until 2001. In June 2010 he was elected as Chair of the Department for Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
Since becoming a Member of Parliament, Clive has been a key member on several Select Committees (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government.) His political interests include economic policy, local and regional government and housing. He is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arms Length Management Organisations. Clive is also chair of the Netherlands Group in Parliament.
Lead Environmental Health Practitioner, LB Newham