The Team


Chief Executive



Shelagh Grant



Shelagh Grant has been Chief Executive of The Housing Forum since 2006 and has built a reputation for advancing practical and collaborative solutions in housing construction and regeneration through a high-quality member centred programme.


Shelagh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), served on the CIH Council as a National Representative for 6 years, and is an examiner for the CIH Experienced Professional Route.


Shelagh is also a member of the Editorial Panel for House Builder and Construction Manager magazine. In 2019 she was appointed chair of the CLC’s Centre of Excellence Working Group and a board member of the Hertfordshire Housing Conference.


Shelagh's earlier career included housing development, regeneration and management work for Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council, and Director of Housing and Community Services for Peterborough City Council. She holds a BA. (Hons) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and MBA from Northumbria University.







Interim Director



Duncan Grant started as Interim Director at The Housing Forum in August 2019 following completion of a membership fee review on a consultancy basis.


He has a broad consultancy and media background and in-depth experience of membership organisations, business associations, not for profits and charities. He continues to support the annual membership conference and awards, Memcom which he founded in 2000.


His role is to support the Chief Executive in growing The Housing Forum. Prior to setting up a successful membership consultancy business, he was involved in building media, communications and events businesses from a small base to multi-million-pound turnover.


Duncan volunteers for various charities and has been a trustee and vice-chair. He graduated in Business Studies from Robert Gordon’s University and has marketing qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


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Corporate Services Executive



Mateja Pirc joined The Housing Forum in September 2016.  


She has over a decade of international experience in the environmental and sustainability field, including working on a knowledge transfer project on energy-efficient building and renovation in the Alps.


Prior to joining The Housing Forum Mateja worked in the environment team of the Thames Tideway Tunnel construction project in London. She holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.





Member Events Executive 



Sandra Manning joined The Housing Forum team in February 2017. She is an experienced personal assistant and events manager and held roles predominately in Architecture for PRP. It was in her previous role where she developed her wealth of knowledge about the Housing Sector, and experience in event and conference planning.


Sandra’s role is to provide a high-quality member events programme, ensuring our events are topical and relevant to our members, covering both a local and national platform. Sandra will be liaising with our members, arranging events and conferences and developing new opportunities for members to network, share best practice and collaborate.  She will also provide secretariat support for The Housing Forum Board meetings.


Sandra has a range of qualifications and experience relevant to her role, She is also passionate about gardening and horticulture and currently writes for a gardening magazine.





Membership Marketing Manager 



Callum Riley joined The Housing Forum team in March 2018 following three years in the marketing and communications team at the Football Association.


As Membership Marketing Manager, Callum's role is to provide a high-quality membership experience for all organisations involved in the Forum; with a focus on communications, facilitating the exchange of ideas and encouraging cross-sector relationships.


After finishing his A-Levels, Callum attended University in Texas, USA, where he graduated with a BA Hons in Psychology and Business Marketing.