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London Housing Panel announces new chair

Dinah Roake, New Chair of the London Housing Panel
Dinah Roake, New Chair of the London Housing Panel

The London Housing Panel is delighted to announce the appointment of Dinah Roake as its new chair. Dinah joins the panel with over two decades of experience in housing in London.

Dinah is a qualified architect with expertise in community and social housing,. She's worked in a number of roles across the housing, construction and delivery sectors, including at housing associations such as the Peabody Trust and with government agencies, such as the Homes & Communities Agency and English Partnerships.

More recently Dinah has worked with RUSS in Lewisham and acted as chair of the trustees at Brixton Green, a community-led development in Brixton, South London.

The independent London Housing Panel is an initiative by the Mayor of London and Trust for London which, since 2019, has brought together voluntary and community organisations with a particular interest in housing in London.

The chair has the opportunity to represent the panel at the Mayor’s Homes for Londoners Board and other forums to help shape housing policy in the city.

On becoming chair of the panel, Dinah said:

The London Housing Panel has so much to offer in terms of raising the voices of underrepresented people so that they are heard by policymakers, and in turn directly help meet people’s housing needs.

Having lived in London for nearly all of my life and worked to deliver homes and housing for over 30 years, I am really excited and honoured to take on this role as the new Chair.

Through working with the Greater London Authority, and London Councils I hope that we will be able to help shape the agenda for delivering homes in London and ensure that the advice given by the panel members emerging from their own issues and lived experiences can be the basis for future policies and can have a genuine impact.

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Susie Dye leads on our housing work.