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Responding to Growth: The ‘Coming Home’ Report
May 20, 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
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Gulnar (Guli) Francis-Dehqani was born and raised in Iran where she lived for the first 14 years of her life. Following the impact of the Islamic Revolution, she and her family were forced to leave the country and have, to date, been unable to return. Having completed her education in the UK, Guli worked for the BBC before completing her PhD at Bristol University and was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1998. She was appointed Bishop of Loughborough in 2017 and became the Bishop of Chelmsford in March 2021. Guli is also the Church of England’s first Bishop for Housing, a role created following the Report of the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing: Coming Home. Passionate about social justice and the role of the church in the wider community, Guli works with a small Executive Team and Chairs an Advisory Board. The aim is to challenge Government, land owners and developers to create long term strategies and work in partnership with Housing Associations and others to improve access, for those who need it, to truly affordable housing. In line with the Coming Home Report, Guli’s hope is that the Church will be involved in the necessary changes, leading by example and using its own land to invest in the development of affordable housing as the basis for flourishing communities.
David Orr CBE
David is a hugely experienced leader in both Executive and Non- Executive roles. He has over 30 years experience in Chief Executive roles, most recently at the National Housing Federation, having previously been Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust.
In his current portfolio of Non-Executive roles David is Chair of Clarion HA Board, Chair of ReSI Housing and a board member of Clanmil HA. He is also Chair of The Good Home Inquiry, an extensive investigation into the quality of our existing housing. He is a previous President of Housing Europe and a previous Chair of Reall, an international housing development agency. David is also co-Chair of the European Affordable Housing Study, a joint Housing Europe and UNECE study. He was a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing, Church and Community Commission.
Lynne Cullens is the Rector of Stockport and Brinnington and Chair of the National Estate Churches Network. She has a professional background which includes work in housing and the charity sector. She has led on the local church and community work for the Archbishops’ Commission and now sits on the Housing Advisory Group.
Robert Springett is Bishop of Tewkesbury in the Diocese of Gloucester where among other responsibilities, he oversees the Church’s engagement in housing and new housing, an expression of a commitment to justice and inclusion that has been a passion throughout over 30 years of ordained ministry. Bishop Robert now sits on the Housing Advisory Group.
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