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Episode 1 Emerging from lockdown: The things to look out for

In this episode of Raising the roof we reflect on the impact Covid-19 has had on our personal and work lives. We also look to the future and at what we can expect in the months ahead as we emerge from lockdown.

Our CEO and host Nick Atkin is joined by Andy Davies, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Warrington and Halton CCGs, and Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive at Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group.

Episode highlights

Andy stresses the importance of the phased rollout programme for the vaccine: “If you spread a virus more, you make more copies. More of those copies produce mutations which may or may not be beneficial in terms of spread. So, having more virus around just in itself is never a good thing because it gives it more opportunity to mutate and exploit any niches that are left.”

“The pandemic collided with 10 years of austerity, a housing crisis, a climate crisis, and massive issues facing people in terms of social care and health.” Charlie believes that several factors have contributed to the Covid-19 crisis. She attributes a significant proportion of the problem to how we’ve tampered with the planet.

“The home has been brought into sharp focus. We’ve all been looking at where we live, how we use our home, and whether it’s suitable and pandemic proof for the future.” Charlie discusses how the pandemic has highlighted the need to look closely at regeneration and how we build homes in the future.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World by Roman Krznaric.

Emerging from lockdown: The things to look out for

by Yorkshire Housing

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About the host

About the host

Nick Atkin, CEO at Yorkshire Housing

Nick has a track record of leading organisations through transformational change and driving performance improvement, with a focus on maximising the untapped potential from businesses and people.

Born and brought up in Doncaster he joined Yorkshire Housing in 2019. Since this time, he’s delivered transformational change throughout the business to meet the future opportunities and challenges.

About the guests

About the guests

Andy Davies, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Warrington and Halton CCGs

Andy trained in the North West and worked as a partner in a medium to large-sized practice in Warrington before moving into medical management and leadership roles.

Since the start of the pandemic, Andy has overseen the response across both Warrington and Halton boroughs. Andy’s key headline stats and messages over the course of the pandemic have been a big influencing factor in helping many businesses in the housing sector keep colleagues and customers safe.

Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive at Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group

Charlie has worked in the social housing sector for over 30 years across the North West and in Vancouver, Canada. She is honoured to be CEO of Mosscare St Vincent’s and is committed to helping create more homes people can afford, along with more opportunities and life chances for all. 

Working with a wide range of partners and leading on health and housing for the Greater Manchester Housing Providers network, she is a committed campaigner for better health and wellbeing, a decent home for all, better life chances for young people, and tackling inequalities.