Heather Petch has over 30 years’ experience in the public and voluntary sectors including roles in housing, homelessness, community and advice projects. She has held two chief executive roles: Girls Alone Project, which accommodated and supported 50 young women; and, latterly, HACT, the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust which developed and tested community-based and supported housing solutions.
Since 2011 Heather has been working as a freelance consultant and facilitator with housing associations, supported housing, and community-based organisations, as well as charitable trusts and foundations. She undertakes evaluations, provides interim management and advises on and facilitates organisational change and strategic development. Recent assignments have included: interim chief executive at the Building and Social Housing Foundation (now World Habitat); supporting the merger of LIFT and Crisis to form Crisis Brent; and interim management of economic justice and migration programmes at Barrow Cadbury Trust. Heather sits on the board of the Cardinal Hume Centre which provides housing and employment, welfare and immigration advice to young people and homeless families in central London, and is an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundations’ Housing and Poverty programmes, including chairing its housing advisory board. She is an advisory board member of the social investment agency, Commonweal Housing, and is currently providing long-term evaluation support to the iterative evaluations of two of its projects.