HACT and techUK launch joint bid to bridge UK housing digital governance gap


HACT, techUK and Hannington Tame have today launched a major digital leadership initiative aimed at placing leading players from the UK’s digital economy on every housing provider board, to help UK housing bridge its digital governance gap.

Housing innovation agency HACT, technology industry organisation techUK and leading digital recruitment specialists Hannington Tame have launched a major initiative aimed at placing leading players from the UK’s digital economy on every housing provider board, committing to helping UK housing bridge its “digital governance gap”.
The initiative will seek to match technology sector leaders to housing providers, provide extensive onboarding support and establish a groundbreaking digital governance network. 
Launching the project HACT CEO-designate Andrew Van Doorn said:
“The UK economy stands on the brink of digital transformation.  Ubiquitous connectivity, advanced data analytics, machine learning and automation are transforming manufacturing, retail and service sectors, delivering increased operating efficiency, better services and radically improved customer experience.  We want to help UK housing achieve a step change in digital capability at board level to help it become a part of that digital revolution. “
James Minter from Hannington Tame said: 
“With ever increasing pressure on operating budgets and an urgent need to reinvent business models, a lack of effective digital leadership at Board level represents a major unaddressed governance weakness for many housing providers and a significant threat to the long term success of the sector.  We’re aiming to deliver a massive increase in the ability of housing providers to engage with digitally-led change at board level over the next three years.”
Matthew Evans, Executive Director of techUK’s IoT Programme, said:
“The UK technology sector is one of the country’s economic powerhouses,  driving growth through fast-spaced innovation that can then underpin changes across the wider economy.  We’re delighted to be part of an initiative that will bring the knowledge, expertise and leadership that exists across UK technology into the housing sector. Housing providers and technology businesses will work together to address the challenges faced in housing over the coming years, finding ways to create efficiencies and add value.” 
The initiative will:
- seek to match digital leaders from across the UK technology sector with housing provider boards, delivering a significant increase in digital capability at governance level at a time when digital transformation is becoming an increasingly important issue for many landlords, drawing on the experience and relationships of leading digital recruitment specialists Hannington Tame and technology industry body TechUK.
- provide full onboarding support, helping new board members understand the challenges and opportunities within the housing sector, and maximising their ability to succeed in their new housing roles. 
- establish of a network of tech-focused housing association board members to ensure that housing provider boards are equipt to engage with the major digital transformation challenges that will face all housing businesses now and in the future.
Tomorrow HACT will launch “Is Housing Really Ready to Go Digital? – A Manifesto for Change”, which calls for significant improvements in the way housing providers engage with technology, including increasing numbers of technology literate leaders on housing provider boards and senior executive teams.
If your interested in becoming part of the first wave of this important sector-wide iniative or joing the board of a housing provider contact: digital.leadership@hact.org.uk
About HACT
HACT is a not for profit ideas and innovation agency, working primarily in the social housing sector.  Our Board is made up of Executive Directors and CEOs from some of the most innovative and influential housing providers in the country, including Halton, Genesis, Riverside, Orbit, Poplar HARCA, North Herts Homes, Local Space and Trafford Housing Trust.
Since its relaunch in 2012, HACT has worked with over 100 of the biggest housing providers and a range of major contractors on data and technology issues, social impact, business transformation and research and evidence.  It works to transform the housing sector through encouraging the adoption of new ideas and innovative approaches to delivering their work.  HACT receives no grants from government, trusts or foundations and seeks to deliver all its work in partnership with housing associations and housing focused businesses that share our vision.
About Hannington Tame
Hannington Tame is a niche executive search company with a 12 year track record in digital, e-commerce and multi- channel retail to maintain its ever-continuous ambition to be the most effective and respected brand in the market. 
Together with its parent company, Beringer Tame it specializes in searches and recruitment processes for the whole spectrum of digital roles from junior digital marketing positions Heads of eCommerce and CEOs of major digitally-led businesses. The prime focus for these roles has shifted over the years as each sector seeks to catch up with the fast-paced changes in digital capabilities and customer expectations. 
About TechUK
techUK is the UK technology sector’s industry body, representing the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow.  More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups.  It is currently collaborating with HACT to showcase opportunities for technology companies looking to enter the UK housing sector.