10 Churchill Fellowships awarded to people working in Housing

Published: 22 Mar 2016

10 Churchill Fellowships awarded to people working  in Housing

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in partnership with the National Housing Federation, has just awarded 10 Travelling Fellowships to people dedicated to developing new approaches to housing.

The lack of affordable, decent housing affects individuals and families across the UK, and if current trends continue, only the wealthiest of the next generation will be able to buy a home. New figures from the National Housing Federation’s Home Truths report reveal that the average London home now costs £526,000 - 16 times the average Londoner’s salary of £33,000 a year.

The Churchill Fellows will investigate examples of effective approaches to the provision and design of housing in other countries, bringing back new ideas and positive change to their profession and community here in the UK.

This year’s award winners include:

  • Joanna Lindley, who is an architect and Passivhaus designer from London. She will be going to Germany, Ireland and the USA to explore the use of Passivhaus design as a sustainable construction option.
  • Louise Cannon, from Dudley, who is an award manager with The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. She will be going to Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to explore the role of leaders in driving change in sustainable housing.
  • Adam Melia, a foyer manager from Chester, who will be travelling to North America and Australia to explore new approaches to housing-related support for young people.
  • Tracy Paine, an operations director from Sandbach, who will be travelling to Australia and the USA to explore the impact of the designed environment on individual wellbeing.
  • Dr Emma Garland, a policy and research officer from Hull, who will be travelling to the USA to study intergenerational housing projects.
  • Dr Alison Wallace, a research Fellow from York, who will be going to the USA to investigate pre-purchase counselling to support affordable homeownership programmes.
  • Maria Lucey, a sales and business support supervisor from Norwich, who will be travelling to the Netherlands to learn from innovation in Dutch Social Housing.
  • Amy Varle, a housing consultant from Bury, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate pioneering strategies for 21st century homeless prevention and response
  • Gudrun Helevuo-Burnet, a senior business partner from Chertsey, who will be going to North America and Australia to research international perspectives on housing and domestic abuse.

This is the first year of a partnership with the National Housing Federation.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust said:

“Churchill Fellows travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to sharing their findings to help others in the UK. Our hope is that this research will result in the development of better models of social and affordable homes, giving more people access to housing.”

Kathleen Kelly, Assistant Director of Policy & Research at the National Housing Federation said:

“We are pleased to be supporting Churchill Fellows to research international best practise in the vital area of affordable housing. The National Housing Federation believes that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford”.

Notes to Editors:

The National Housing Federation is the trade body for housing associations in England. It believes that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. It represents the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing. Its members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people and each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.