Starting her housing career in 1997 Kelly has experience in a wide variety of roles including housing management, housing policy, asylum support and the supporting people programme. Kelly is passionate about women’s access to housing as a key resource for their empowerment and in tenants having a real say in the services they experience.
She is a founding board member of Women in Social Housing (North East) supporting women across the housing sector to achieve their potential. Kelly’s most recent role was co-founder of the award-winning Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) which provided her with the opportunity to work with many organisations across the sector. Kelly is a trustee of the Alice Ruggles Trust, an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University and a Steering Group member of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CriVA).
‘I am delighted to have been appointed as Interim Director of Housing at WPH and am very much looking forward to working with tenants, staff and board members. It is such a privilege to build on the outstanding work of Jess as she goes on maternity leave and I wish her all the best while I cover her post.
I am humbled to take up the role at WPH particularly in their centenary year, where they continue to make a positive difference to women’s lives. The role attracted me as the organisation’s values mirrored my own and offered an amazing opportunity to play a part in providing homes and services to offer a springboard to support women to achieve their potential’.