Clare Norton, CEO of Peter Bedford Housing Association, has been made chair of the g320 Group. g320 represents small housing associations in London – with fewer than 1000 homes – as part of the National Housing Federation London.
Clare was elected at the group’s AGM in October. Clare takes over the role from John Delahunty, Chief Executive of Innisfree HA. John has been thanked for the huge difference he has made to the effectiveness of the group, and for raising the awareness of what smaller organisations in London can contribute to the housing association sector.
Of the 320 smaller members of the National Housing Federation London there is a diverse and successful mix of housing associations, many locally focused, many delivering specialist services. These include housing associations which focus on black and minority ethnic communities, people with support needs, key workers, students or older people and which come in many shapes, including housing co-ops, almshouses and trusts.
The g320 group provides a forum for members to share information and best practice. It is also a tool for partnership working, enabling small housing associations to work together to address the challenges faced by housing associations today and to achieve strength through diversity, professionalism and the focus on customers.