NED Network

Are you a Non-Executive of a housing organisation? We have created a space with our NED Network for Board Members of social housing organisations to discuss issues around governance, assurance and strategy with their peers from across the sector.

The NED Network has been set up by HACT and PlaceShapers, with the support of Anthony Collins Solicitors and Adecco.

The NED Network meets once a month running on Mondays, 16:00 – 17:00 with each session hosted by a NED and discussing a topic relevant to their governance role.

This might include how Boards talk about racial equality, implementing the new Code of Governance, and how Board members can scrutinise transformation programmes. Each topic will be announced a week in advance.


We are committed to driving up the professional standards and expertise of people working in the social housing sector and delivering increased value for residents and communities.

The NED Network is a fantastic opportunity for NEDs to explore contemporary issues in social housing on an ongoing basis with a group of their peers, free of cost, including the chance to attend an annual in person event: one in the north and another in the south.

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Fighting stigma: How we talk about our homes matters

Wednesday 17 July
16:00 — 17:00

How we talk about homes matters, whether it’s in communications about the importance of social homes, particularly those about housing policy, deciding strategic direction, or driving narrative change. With lots of challenges facing the sector, how we communicate is key to keeping social housing on the agenda, getting the right people with the right skills and securing funding.

Natalie Tate from the Talking about Housing project will lead this session to provide key learnings from the research and help you to support your organisation to tell a better story about homes.

View previous meeting briefing notes

20.03.2024 - Competence and Conduct, the new standard for social housing

19.02.2024 - Silence in our sector: Disabled lived experience at board level

29.01.2024 - What are the key questions NEDs need to be asking in a more uncertain environment, with changing regulation?

27.11.2023 - What do Executive Directors want boards to know and do about working with customers and communities

13.11.2023 - Exploring the vital role of lettings standards: Flooring and tenant wellbeing

16.10.23 - How can we elevate the proficiency of the Board to be able positively impact data and digital transformation?

10.07.23 - Exploring the relationship between complainants and the organisation, the motivations and the outcomes

19.06.23 - Understanding legal compliance in the light of damp, mould and condensation issues

05.06.23 - Repairs and maintenance

27.05.23 - Measuring the effectiveness of boards

27.03.23 - Are you regulation ready?

27.02.23 - What does it mean to be resident-led?

13.02.23 - Holding onto optimism during extreme times of pressure

30.01.23 - The UK Housing Standards: The role of boards in a sector wide data governance strategy

16.03.23 - Revisiting the Better Social Housing Review

05.12.22 - The board’s role in tackling the labour and skills shortages in the housing sector

21.11.22 - What can Board Members Learn from the Digital Advancements in other Sectors that could Improve the Housing Sector?

07.11.22 - Your residents’ resilience to rent increases

24.10.22 - Does the social housing sector hold itself back by boards being too financially conservative?

10.10.22 - Meet the panel of The Better Social Housing Review to provide your perspectives on the quality of social housing.

26.09.2022 - Old map, new world: When the pandemic has changed everything are boards and execs aware of and up to the challenges of a new world?

07.07.2022 - Do we have the right risk appetite to deliver Net Zero Carbon

20.06.2022 - Considerations for boards when campaigning

06.06.2022 - The connection between good inclusive behaviour in the organisation and successful tenant engagement

23.05.2022 - Should housing and asset management expertise be an essential component of a social landlord’s Board?

09.04.2022 - What reforms are happening in the NHS and why does that matter for housing association boards?

25.03.2022 - Managing contractors’ behaviours in squeezed market conditions

14.03.2022 - The role of remuneration committees and setting executive pay

28.02.22 - Everything you need to know about procurement but were afraid to ask

14.02.22 - The role of board members in professional standards

31.01.22 - The role of data ethics and implications for board members

17.01.22 - In conversation with Kate Dodsworth

06.12.2022 - Understanding Social Value as a Board Member

22.11.2022 - Good Governance and the 2022 Rent Increase

08.11.21 - How mentoring for succession planning can help address diversity at Board level across the sector

25.10.21 - How Board Members need to respond to the challenge of reporting on ESG

11.10.21 - What part can board members play in challenging and addressing stigmatization of social housing tenants?

27.09.21 - What do we as Board members need to think about in response to ITV’s ‘Surviving Squalor’  investigation?

13.09.21 - Developing a building safety case

19.07.21 - How can Boards set and monitor culture?

05.07.21 - How can Board Members lead resident engagement?

21.06.21 - Mind the Gap - what can Board Members learn from Regulatory downgrades?

07.06.21 - Actions speak louder than words – how should Board Members lead their organisations on equality, diversity and inclusion that delivers real change.

24.05.21 - What do Board members need to think about when developing strategies for achieving Net Zero Carbon?

10.05.21 - What was it like to be a Board Member during the pandemic? What worked for you and what didn’t?

Our supporters

Anthony Collins Solicitors is a specialist law firm with a clear purpose – to “improve lives, communities and society”.  They are a nationally leading firm in the social housing, social care and charity sectors with multi-disciplinary teams servicing all the strategic and legal needs of housing associations, ALMOs and local authorities across the country.

Adecco is a multi-sector specialist recruiter in the commerce industry, financial services and public sector markets. It has a reputation for building strong partnerships with customers based upon extensive knowledge of markets, access to the very best candidates and a proven track record of investing in consultants. With more than 20 years’ experience in recruiting to the housing sector, Adecco specialises in Senior, Executive and Non-Executive appointments and is proud to take an intelligence-led search approach to provide the best talent in the market.

Placeshapers is a national network of place-based housing organisations that helps communities to thrive. They are committed to ensuring influence and impact via connection, communication and collaboration. Their networks are run by members for members with the aim of the sector being as diverse and value-driven as possible.

You can find out more about Placeshapers and becoming a member here.

HACT and NHC social value conference 2024

For the tenth HACT and NHC Social Value Conference, we’re going big!

Our free, online 2 day event, brings together experts in the latest thinking and innovation to challenge, inform and drive the agenda for social value.

Topics include;

  • Maximising social value: how we can go beyond ticking the box
  • The importance of evidence: moving towards a social value assurance framework
  • The future of social value and procurement
  • Social value, social housing and the residents’ perspective: a conversation


Check out the agenda and register free