WE ARE GENERATION RENT

Campaigning with private renters for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable privately rented homes. 

Winner of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation campaigner award for Housing and Homelessness - 2017.

Generation Rent is the operating name of the National Private Tenants Organisation Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (Registration number 08731888)  

 

Meet the team

  • Seb Klier

    London Campaigns Manager

    Seb leads the organisation’s policy, advocacy and campaigning work in the capital. He has worked in the third sector for ten years, winning key changes in social policy across a wide range of areas including labour rights, criminal justice, and social security. He is also active in housing outside of work, most recently as a director of a new community land trust in Haringey, the St. Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART). He has been a private renter since 2002 and gone through five landlords in that time.

  • Dan Wilson Craw

    Interim Director

    Dan has been Interim Director since December 2016. He joined Generation Rent in 2014 as Communications Manager, after six years working at a corporate communications agency with clients in the property, health, energy and non-profit sectors. In September 2015 he added Policy to his role. He first got involved in housing after one rent rise too many, starting out as a volunteer and spokesman for PricedOut, the campaign for affordable house prices. He has 12 years' experience of renting, from 7 different private landlords.

Board of trustees

  • Betsy Dillner

    Betsy joined the board in March 2017, after working for Generation Rent first as Community Campaigns Manager and then as Director, until December 2016. Before joining the organisation in 2014 she worked as a community organiser in the USA, engaging on various issues including housing, immigration, health care, and finance sector reform. 

  • Hannah Williams

    Hannah Williams founded RentalRaters in 2013, which allows tenants to review their previous landlords. She is Director of Technology at Harvard PR, with 14 years’ experience in marketing and communications.

  • Sean Cosgrove

    Sean Cosgrove is a CIPFA accountant and project manager with ten years’ experience of local government financial management and strategy development. He is currently advising Clapton Park Tenant Management Organisation in North London.

  • Daniel Bentley

    Daniel joined the board in February 2017. He is editorial director at the think tank Civitas, where he has researched and written a series of reports about the housing crisis. Before that he spent nine years as a journalist in the House of Commons, most of that time as political correspondent for the Press Association. He is a regular blogger on housing-related matters and has written for a range of publications, including Prospect, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

  • Shiv Malik

    Shiv joined the board in December 2016. A former investigative correspondent at the Guardian, he is the co-author of 2010's cult book Jilted Generation; How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth, and co-founded the Intergenerational Foundation. He has contributed to several publications on intergenerational justice and is currently writing a book on economics in a post-globalised world. 

  • Robbie de Santos

    Robbie de Santos is Head of Campaigns at the LGBT equality charity Stonewall, where he leads on high profile public attitude campaigns and developing a social movement of equality campaigners. Robbie has a decade of experience in campaigning, including three years leading Shelter's policy work on private renting and developing the campaigns function at the UK's leading debt charity StepChange.

     

  • Bernard Collier

    Bernard runs a Business Improvement District in the centre of London, and is a councillor in the London Borough of Brent. He became interested in Generation Rent and the idea of campaigning for private renters after canvassing in his local area. Most people in his ward rent, 48% from private landlords. Many seem powerless to change what are often poor living conditions, it affects their mental and physical wellbeing. He wants to change that and thinks a local solution is not the answer.

      

  • Betsy Dillner

    Betsy joined the board in March 2017, after working for Generation Rent first as Community Campaigns Manager and then as Director, until December 2016. Before joining the organisation in 2014 she worked as a community organiser in the USA, engaging on various issues including housing, immigration, health care, and finance sector reform. 

  • Hannah Williams

    Hannah Williams founded RentalRaters in 2013, which allows tenants to review their previous landlords. She is Director of Technology at Harvard PR, with 14 years’ experience in marketing and communications.

  • Sean Cosgrove

    Sean Cosgrove is a CIPFA accountant and project manager with ten years’ experience of local government financial management and strategy development. He is currently advising Clapton Park Tenant Management Organisation in North London.

  • Daniel Bentley

    Daniel joined the board in February 2017. He is editorial director at the think tank Civitas, where he has researched and written a series of reports about the housing crisis. Before that he spent nine years as a journalist in the House of Commons, most of that time as political correspondent for the Press Association. He is a regular blogger on housing-related matters and has written for a range of publications, including Prospect, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

  • Shiv Malik

    Shiv joined the board in December 2016. A former investigative correspondent at the Guardian, he is the co-author of 2010's cult book Jilted Generation; How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth, and co-founded the Intergenerational Foundation. He has contributed to several publications on intergenerational justice and is currently writing a book on economics in a post-globalised world. 

  • Robbie de Santos

    Robbie de Santos is Head of Campaigns at the LGBT equality charity Stonewall, where he leads on high profile public attitude campaigns and developing a social movement of equality campaigners. Robbie has a decade of experience in campaigning, including three years leading Shelter's policy work on private renting and developing the campaigns function at the UK's leading debt charity StepChange.

     

  • Bernard Collier

    Bernard runs a Business Improvement District in the centre of London, and is a councillor in the London Borough of Brent. He became interested in Generation Rent and the idea of campaigning for private renters after canvassing in his local area. Most people in his ward rent, 48% from private landlords. Many seem powerless to change what are often poor living conditions, it affects their mental and physical wellbeing. He wants to change that and thinks a local solution is not the answer.

      


Generation Rent receives grant funding from the Trust for London and through donations from its supporters. See more here.

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Generation Rent is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer.
 

 

How we help

  • hwh-1.pngCall for changes in legislation, strategies, policies and practices to make private housing a better place to live

  • hwh-2.pngStrengthen the voice of private tenants by developing a national network of private renters and local private renters’ groups
  • hwh-3.pngEncourage private renters to set up local groups in their own areas
  • hwh-4.pngWork with affiliates towards achieving the aims of Generation Rent

JOBS AT GENERATION RENT

Trustees

We are currently recruiting several people to join our Board of Trustees. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with a legal, business or fundraising backgrounds. 

Please see the Trustee Application Pack for more information about the role and how to apply.