Commonweal Housing appoints two new trustees
MHCLG Advisor Jeremy Swain and Senior Advisor in Mayor of London’s office Sneha Patel have been appointed as trustees of the charity Commonweal Housing.
Jeremy Swain was previously Chief Executive of the homelessness charity Thames Reach, before being seconded to MHCLG in 2018 as Deputy Director of Rough Sleeping and Homelessness. He has served as a member of Commonweal’s advisory panel for several years.
Sneha Patel is the Senior Adviser for External and International Affairs in the Mayor of London’s office. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sneha worked across central government and Parliament, including as the Head of Tax Communications at HM Treasury and for the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Jeremy and Sneha were appointed at a Commonweal board meeting on 9th December 2019, and will attend their first meeting as trustees next week, on 9th March 2020.
They join the charity’s eight other trustees whose combined expertise spans parliament, academia, social housing, development and regeneration and finance.
Jeremy Swain says:
“Over the last few years it has been a privilege to be involved with Commonweal as a member of its Advisory Panel and to see close up the amazing work it does in tackling social injustices.
“In my experience it is rare to come across an organisation so focused on addressing emerging issues and apparently intractable problems which is prepared to regularly take risks, always tenaciously seeking to learn everything it can from the work it funds and to disseminate it widely and freely.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Commonweal board and in a small way to contribute to helping even more people facing social injustice get to a better place in their lives.”
Sneha Patel says: “Finding effective ways to support those most vulnerable in our society is a mission very close to my heart. That’s why I’m delighted to be joining the board at Commonweal Housing.
“Commonweal Housing’s action learning ethos has helped find new solutions to long standing social injustices. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees and contributing my experience and passion to this goal.”
Commonweal Housing is an independent charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing-based solutions to social injustice. By using charitable resources Commonweal Housing provide experts and partner organisations the opportunity to trial and test new approaches designed to enhance housing equality and justice.
To find more about Commonweal Housing’s board of trustees visit: https://www.commonwealhousing.org.uk/about-us/our-team