A failed 3 year career as a rock star aside I have spent my entire working life in housing law and homelessness and have been variously
- A Homelessness caseworker
- A Tenancy Relations Officer.
- A Homelessness reviews officer
- Head of homelessness for West Wiltshire District Council
I’ve also been a trainer of housing law since 2000 and am currently visiting lecturer in housing law for Middlesex University.
In 2015 I co-founded Safer Renting, a not for profit organisation, for whom I am now Strategy Manager, that now employs 14 people and provides a Tenancy Relations Officer service for 14 London boroughs.
I am co-author of “Journeys in the shadow private rented sector, a 2020 report deemed by Inside Housing to be “The most important and influential housing report of the year”.
I am also co author of “Regulating the Private rented housing sector” published in 2022 by Routledge Books.
I crop up regularly on TV and radio in programmes covering housing issues, including Panorama, Channel 4 Despatches, BBC Inside Out and Channel 5’s hit show Nightmare tenants, slum landlords.
My training courses are popular and valued because although they are detailed examination of law my background is in doing the same kinds of jobs that the course participants are doing, so they automatically hold more resonance because as we all know, what the law says and how it works on the ground is not always the same thing.