Meet our team

Alicia Kennedy


A leader in strategic planning and campaign organisation, Alicia has had a 25-year career operating at the highest level of national politics. She worked with Prime Ministers, Cabinet members, hundreds of MPs, and thousands of Councillors and volunteers to deliver successful local and national election campaigns for the Labour Party. She was made a life peer in 2012 and is non-aligned.

(Photo credit: UK Parliament)

Dan Wilson Craw

Deputy Director

Dan has been Director since April 2018, having run Generation Rent on an interim basis since December 2016. He joined 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.

Caitlin Wilkinson

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Caitlin joined Generation Rent as the Policy and Public Affairs Manager after volunteering on the End Unfair Evictions campaign. She previously worked at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, where she gained insight into the effects of the housing crisis on those at the sharp end of it. Most recently, she worked at a public affairs agency working across several policy areas, including education, housing and health.

Ian Mulheirn

Chair of the board

Ian Mulheirn is Executive Director and Chief Economist at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He was previously the Director of Consulting of Oxford Economics. Before that he was Director of the Social Market Foundation, leading it to win the Prospect Magazine UK Think Tank of the Year award in 2012, and an economist at HM Treasury. In 2016 Ian sat on the panel of the Redfern Review into the decline of home ownership.

Samir Jeraj

Board member

Samir Jeraj joined the board in July 2017. He is Policy & Practice Officer at Race Equality Foundation. He is also a freelance journalist and co-authored the 2016 book, The Rent Trap.

Hannah Williams

Board member

Hannah Williams founded RentalRaters in 2013, which allows tenants to review their previous landlords. She is a freelance communications consultant, with 16 years’ experience in marketing and communications.

Toby Lloyd

Board member

Toby was the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on housing and local government until July 2019. Before entering government he was head of policy for Shelter. At Navigant Consulting he advised local and national government and the private sector on housing, planning and regeneration, and was a senior policy manager for the Greater London Authority where he worked on the Thames Gateway and the London 2012 Olympics. In 2017 he co-authored Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing.

Betsy Dillner

Board member

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, on issues including housing, immigration, health care, and finance sector reform.