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About BSHF’s new Director
David Ireland is joining BSHF as Director from May 2014. He is a housing campaigner and joins BSHF from Empty Homes, where he has held the post Chief Executive since 2007.
In 2012 David was voted one of the 50 most influential people in housing in a poll co-ordinated by 24housing. He believes in people’s resourcefulness, and the ability of communities to improve their own housing situation.
David wrote How to Rescue a House published by Penguin to encourage more people to renovate empty homes, and was advisor to the BBC TV series of the same name. He was series advisor to “The Great British Property Scandal” TV Series, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011.
David was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to housing. He is currently a member of the UK Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing sounding board, and has successfully campaigned for more legislation and funding for bringing empty homes into use. He was the originator of empty dwelling management orders that became law in England and Wales in the Housing Act 2004, and was instrumental in persuading the current UK government to adopt a range of measures to bring homes into use, from setting up a new grant fund to rewards for councils through the new homes bonus scheme.
David’s thoughts on his new post
‘I am enormously looking forward to working at BSHF. It is an organisation I have known and admired for many years. My work at Empty Homes was all about finding answers to areas of housing that weren't working properly. I see BSHF as an organisation that does the same but over a far wider reach. BSHF is truly unique in having a global and UK view on housing. It’s a fantastic strength, and one that I intend to build on to help the organisation to achieve even greater influence.’
BSHF is a registered charity whose objectives are to carry out research into all aspects of residential housing and publish the results of that research. As a company limited by guarantee it has no shareholders and all its funds are used to deliver its charitable objectives. BSHF is governed by a board of directors, who are also the trustees of the charity. BSHF has a small, dedicated team of staff and works in collaboration with a range of organisations throughout the world.
BSHF is financially independent, deriving its income from the land, property and investments that it owns. It is based in the former mining town of Coalville in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom, where it has strong historical ties.
BSHF is recognised by the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. Since 2006 we have held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, reflecting our work in support of the goals of UN-HABITAT.
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