WE ARE GENERATION RENT

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

 

 

Meet the team

  • Dan Wilson Craw

    Policy and communications manager  

    Dan joined Generation Rent after six years working at a corporate communications agency with clients in the property, health, energy and non-profit sectors. Before coming on board, he was a spokesman for PricedOut, the campaign for affordable house prices. Outside of the world of housing, he enjoys watching comedy, reading history books, trying to get out on the bike more and perfecting his Sunday Roast. He has a degree in Politics from Warwick University.

  • Betsy Dillner

    Director

    Betsy joined Generation Rent in January 2014 as the Community Campaigns Manager and was appointed director in May 2015. She has dedicated her career to building power of marginalised communities to campaign for a better future. Before moving to the UK she worked as a community organiser in the USA, engaging on various issues including housing, immigration, health care, and finance sector reform. She holds a BA in Women's and Gender Studies from American University and a MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary University of London.

Board of trustees

  • Natasha Adams

    Natasha has worked as a professional campaigner for 7 years' experience coordinating NGO campaigns for social and environmental justice (with many more years experience as a grassroots activist). A skilled lobbyist & digital campaigner, she has specialised in activism as she believes deeper mass engagement and strong social movements are essential to driving change. Natasha currently works for ActionAid UK coordinating activism and also sits on the Council at Global Justice Now. She has previously managed campaigns for End Child Poverty and Concern Worldwide. Before she campaigned professionally, Natasha spent several years working in a women's refuge in Nottingham.

  • Sam Smethers

    Sam Smethers has been the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives, since 2008. She was previously Director of Public Affairs of the Equal Opportunities Commission and also has experience as a communications consultant and eight years of working in Parliament. Sam is a former trustee of Gingerbread and the Fawcett Society. She has four children and was brought up by her grandparents.

  • Christine Wright

    Christine is a councillor in Blackpool.  

  • Rosa Payne

    Rosa has been working in social housing for eight years across a range of operational and strategic functions and feel strongly that a decent and secure home makes a huge difference to people’s life chances. Her current role is Business Development Manager at Catalyst Housing Association, having previously worked as Head of Service Improvement and Customer Learning at Network Stadium Housing Association. She has previously managed the Mechanical and Electrical department for Network Housing Group, was the contract manager of a major PFI refurbishment programme for Partners in Islington and was a Housing Officer on a large estate in south London. She earned an MSc in Housing and Regeneration from the LSE.

  • Maggie Cornall

    Maggie is the Director of Housing Services at Blackpool Coastal Housing, an Arms Length Management Organisation acting as Managing Agent for the provision of housing management services within the housing stock of Blackpool Council. She has worked in social housing for many years and has worked for a variety of landlords within the North West of England; local authorities, housing associations as well as working on behalf of a Housing Action Trust. Maggie has a firm commitment to furthering personal development and earned a housing degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She has been a lecturer on two modules of a Certificate in Housing Level 3 course at the Blackpool and Fylde College. Outside work, she is the mum to three children with age ranges from 8 to 14 years old.

  • Jacky Peacock

    Jacky Peacock has been employed by Brent Private Tenants’ Rights Group since it was established in 1986 and has overseen its development from a tenant engagement organisation to the only organisation in the country dedicated to providing specialist legal advice and support services for private tenants.  She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to private tenants

  • Robbie de Santos

    Robbie de Santos is Senior Public Policy Advocate at StepChange the debt charity. He spent the last three years leading Shelter's policy work on private renting, including developing Shelter's Stable Rental Contract policy and managing the charity's associated influencing activities. Robbie is also actively involved in Neighbourhood Planning in Clapton, Hackney.

     

  • Robert Carver

    Currenly Rob is a freelance consultant, writer and researcher, with interests in the housing market (naturally), quantitative finance and the investment industry. My last professional role was  at AHL, a quantitative hedge fund  for over 7 years; for the last 3 years I managed the team running a $5bn fixed income portfolio. Before that I worked for CEPR, an economics think tank, as a research manager; and as an exotic derivatives trader for Barclays Capital. I spent my early career in the middle east mainly working as a government trade consultant but also co-founding a sports coaching business.

     I have a Bsc from Manchester and an Msc from Birkbeck London, both in Economics.

  • Bernard Collier

    Bernard started out working for a small charity teaching self advocacy and independent living skills to adults who have learning difficulties. Through developing his organisation Bernard became more involved in community regeneration and empowerment initiatives. This led him to work for Voluntary Action Westminster as Chief Executive, to try to develop the environment and infrastructure that would enable local organisations to thrive. Bernard became interested in Generation Rent and the idea of campaigning for private renvers after canvassing in my local area. Most people in my 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 think a local solution is not the answer.

      

  • Natasha Adams

    Natasha has worked as a professional campaigner for 7 years' experience coordinating NGO campaigns for social and environmental justice (with many more years experience as a grassroots activist). A skilled lobbyist & digital campaigner, she has specialised in activism as she believes deeper mass engagement and strong social movements are essential to driving change. Natasha currently works for ActionAid UK coordinating activism and also sits on the Council at Global Justice Now. She has previously managed campaigns for End Child Poverty and Concern Worldwide. Before she campaigned professionally, Natasha spent several years working in a women's refuge in Nottingham.

  • Sam Smethers

    Sam Smethers has been the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives, since 2008. She was previously Director of Public Affairs of the Equal Opportunities Commission and also has experience as a communications consultant and eight years of working in Parliament. Sam is a former trustee of Gingerbread and the Fawcett Society. She has four children and was brought up by her grandparents.

  • Christine Wright

    Christine is a councillor in Blackpool.  

  • Rosa Payne

    Rosa has been working in social housing for eight years across a range of operational and strategic functions and feel strongly that a decent and secure home makes a huge difference to people’s life chances. Her current role is Business Development Manager at Catalyst Housing Association, having previously worked as Head of Service Improvement and Customer Learning at Network Stadium Housing Association. She has previously managed the Mechanical and Electrical department for Network Housing Group, was the contract manager of a major PFI refurbishment programme for Partners in Islington and was a Housing Officer on a large estate in south London. She earned an MSc in Housing and Regeneration from the LSE.

  • Maggie Cornall

    Maggie is the Director of Housing Services at Blackpool Coastal Housing, an Arms Length Management Organisation acting as Managing Agent for the provision of housing management services within the housing stock of Blackpool Council. She has worked in social housing for many years and has worked for a variety of landlords within the North West of England; local authorities, housing associations as well as working on behalf of a Housing Action Trust. Maggie has a firm commitment to furthering personal development and earned a housing degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She has been a lecturer on two modules of a Certificate in Housing Level 3 course at the Blackpool and Fylde College. Outside work, she is the mum to three children with age ranges from 8 to 14 years old.

  • Jacky Peacock

    Jacky Peacock has been employed by Brent Private Tenants’ Rights Group since it was established in 1986 and has overseen its development from a tenant engagement organisation to the only organisation in the country dedicated to providing specialist legal advice and support services for private tenants.  She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to private tenants

  • Robbie de Santos

    Robbie de Santos is Senior Public Policy Advocate at StepChange the debt charity. He spent the last three years leading Shelter's policy work on private renting, including developing Shelter's Stable Rental Contract policy and managing the charity's associated influencing activities. Robbie is also actively involved in Neighbourhood Planning in Clapton, Hackney.

     

  • Robert Carver

    Currenly Rob is a freelance consultant, writer and researcher, with interests in the housing market (naturally), quantitative finance and the investment industry. My last professional role was  at AHL, a quantitative hedge fund  for over 7 years; for the last 3 years I managed the team running a $5bn fixed income portfolio. Before that I worked for CEPR, an economics think tank, as a research manager; and as an exotic derivatives trader for Barclays Capital. I spent my early career in the middle east mainly working as a government trade consultant but also co-founding a sports coaching business.

     I have a Bsc from Manchester and an Msc from Birkbeck London, both in Economics.

  • Bernard Collier

    Bernard started out working for a small charity teaching self advocacy and independent living skills to adults who have learning difficulties. Through developing his organisation Bernard became more involved in community regeneration and empowerment initiatives. This led him to work for Voluntary Action Westminster as Chief Executive, to try to develop the environment and infrastructure that would enable local organisations to thrive. Bernard became interested in Generation Rent and the idea of campaigning for private renvers after canvassing in my local area. Most people in my 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 think a local solution is not the answer.

      


Generation Rent receives its funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust 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

Jobs

London Campaigns Manager

Deadline: 12 pm on 23 May 2016

We are currently hiring for a Campaigns Manager that will oversee GLA private rented sector policy, and the development of leadership amongst renters in London. To learn more about the position and how to apply please download the job description here.

 

Trustees

Treasurer

Deadline: 11.59pm on 27 May 2016

We are currently recruiting for a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees.

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