View all Events Tuesday, 17 October 2017 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Social Entrepreneurs are #BUILDINGFUTURES

Join UnLtd on Tuesday 17th October to discover how social entrepreneurs are helping shape the future of housing.

Working with UnLtd, Social entrepreneurs are developing exciting solutions to ensure fairer housing. Now, more than ever, is the time to harness their energy and ensure they continue to thrive. At this invite-only event, we will explore systems change and community led solutions to the housing crisis. Join UnLtd's Chief Exec, Mark Norbury, and our expert panelists: Tom Murtha (Chair), Alastair Parvin, Andy Reeve, James Newton and Louise Cannon who invite you to join the conversation about the future of our housing. 


Host - Mark Norbury

Mark joined UnLtd as CEO in May 2016, with 20 years’ experience in the charity and social entrepreneurship sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Prior to this Mark was a Partner at Leader’s Quest, developing a global community of purpose -driven leaders across private, public and social sectors. He was also a Trustee of the foundation of impact investor Bridges Ventures. Before this Mark grew INSEAD’s Executive MBA to be a top 5- ranked program and co-founded the business school’s Social Innovation Centre.

Panel Chairman - Tom Murtha

Tom has spent over 40 years in the housing and care sector. He began his career as a community worker in the inner city of Leicester and retired as Chief Executive of Midland Heart, one of the largest housing and care organisations in the UK. Tom has served as a chair and non-executive on a number of housing and care boards and national working parties and groups. In 2009 Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham for his leadership in the housing sector

Speaker - Alastair Parvin

Alastair is a strategic designer and the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation.  He is currently working on better housing systems,  open source design, distributed production, digital infrastructure, and the power of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ to help us take on the critical social, economic and environmental challenges we face as a society.

Speaker - Andy Reeve

Andy is co-founder and director at Impact Hub Birmingham and the lead on DemoDev and a relative new comer to world of housing. Andy is focused on using his skills in data and geo-spatial analysis to understand and address some of the challenges facing the housing sector. With a specific focus on new building technologies he is currently exploring the ways in which new data sources and new forms of organising can have a direct impact on the housing crisis. 

Speaker - James Newton

James is a Chartered Architectural Technologist who works for Architectural firm Native in York. James is a specialist in low carbon, building techniques – working with various forms of renewable materials. As Co-founder of YorSpace James is gaining invaluable first hand experience of Community led housing and is passionate about delivering low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable homes that create and sustain community.

Speaker - Louise Cannon

As UnLtd's resident housing expert, Louise leads our Building Futures Innovation Fund championing experiential and peer to peer learning approaches in developing social sector leaders tackling systemic social issues. Louise is a @CloreSocial and @WCMT Fellow exploring leadership and new approaches to housing and social innovation in Europe.Having both a professional background in both third and public sector in housing she also has personal experience of homelessness and is advocating for innovation which creates a more equitable market.

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, 17 October 2017 6:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Supporters of Social Entrepreneurs
  • The Good Hotel
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Tom Murtha

Andy Reeve

Alastair Parvin

James Newton

Louise Cannon

Mark Norbury


The Good Hotel
Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
E16 1FA
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