Our Board of Trustees
Professor Guy Daly, Chair
Guy is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Executive Dean – Health and Life Sciences) at Coventry University. He comes from a health and social care background professionally and is a social policy academic. His research interest include social care, housing policy, local government, and the governance of public services. He is currently Joint Editor of the journal Research Policy and Planning. Guy was an elected councillor in Birmingham from 1990 to 1998, a member of various schools’ and further education colleges’ governing bodies, and a board member of both Birmingham Heartlands Urban Development Corporation and Trident Social Investment Group. He represents Coventry University on a range of networking groups as well as being a Non-Executive Board Member of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust.
Georgia Edmunds, Trustee
Georgia Edmunds graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2:1 degree in social policy in 2014, having acquired a keen interest in housing policy and practice. Her dissertation was entitled ‘Has the social housing system become ‘anti-social?’ Georgia is now pursuing a career in research and studying for a Masters degree in social research at University of Birmingham. Before this, Georgia was involved in the internship programme with the Human City Institute and Trident Social Investment Group. Her training has included quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ICT-based approaches using SPSS and MapInfo.
Maria Hughes, Trustee
Maria Hughes is a community development worker with decades of experience in the voluntary sector. She works at Birmingham LGBT as the Network Enabler for the Ageing Better in Birmingham LGBT Hub and sits on the Stonewall Housing Older LGBT People’s group in Birmingham. She is a Director at Youth Work Europe and has previously worked at Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Birmingham Settlement and West Midlands Environment Network. She also runs her own monitoring and evaluation business and has undertaken training across the spectrum of diversity issues.
Judith Jenner, Trustee
Judith Jenner is a retired academic having worked for many years at Birmingham’s Woodbrooke facility, a Quaker Centre for Study. She remains a Trustee of the Birmingham Society of Friends. Judith is also a Trustee at the Northfield Ecocentre, a major non-profit environmental agency, which offers practical ideas and advice on how to ‘green-up’ the lifestyles, homes or businesses in the Northfield area of Birmingham. Judith has supported HCI for many years as both a representative of a partner organisation and as a Trustee of longstanding.
Dr Jill Jesson, Trustee
Dr Jill Jesson is a retired academic, having worked in the School of Pharmacy and the Business School, at the University of Aston, Birmingham. She has for over 20 years also been an associate of M-E-L Research Ltd, a commercial research consultancy based in Birmingham. Jill has published widely on topics such as literature reviews, qualitative research, community pharmacy and consumers, public health, housing and communities. She is currently a Director of the Centre for Community Research. Jill is HCI’s most long-serving Trustee.
Dr Abigail Robson, Trustee
Abigail Robson is an experienced practitioner in housing policy, practice and development in local government housing services. She was previously Chair of Trident Social Investment Group and has chaired Trident’s Housing Board and Social Audit Panel. Abigail is Chair of the Black Country Housing Group. Abigail’s professional background is as a Quantity Surveyor. She completed a Ph.D at Birmingham City University at the end of 2017, with a research topic around value of building supply-chains. Abigail’s Ph.D has been undertaken in collaboration with national contractor Willmott Dixon.
Kevin Gulliver, Operational Director
Kevin Gulliver is a freelance housing and regeneration consultant, researcher and communications specialist with more than 30 years experience. He also acts on a part-time basis as Operational Director of the Human City Institute. He previously chaired the Centre for Community Research and has been a Board member of two housing associations. He holds academic and professional qualifications in housing, research and health service management. Kevin has worked at senior levels in policy and performance, research, corporate planning and communications roles for some of the country’s largest housing organisations, regeneration partnerships, statutory and voluntary sector agencies. He has authored seven books on housing history, community investment and consumerism. Over the last twenty years, Kevin has written, or co-written, more than 100 research reports, think-pieces, corporate plans and strategies. Since 2000, he has penned over 300 articles and blogs for the national, regional, local. trade and academic media.