Who we are

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is a sophisticated network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England, Wales, and Scotland to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

Recognised by government and the housing with care sector as a leading ‘knowledge hub’ on specialist housing, our online and regional networked activities:

  • connect people, ideas and resources to inform and improve the range of housing choices that enable older and disabled people live independently
  • share market insight and intelligence on latest funding, research, policy and innovative developments to spread practice faster, and
  • engage with industry to raise the profile of specialist housing with developers, commissioners and providers to plan, design and deliver aspirational housing for an ageing population

We are grateful to PRP architects in London and Brunelcare in Bristol for hosting the Housing LIN team.

Our Staff

Jeremy Porteus

Jeremy Porteus

Chief Executive

Jeremy was formerly National Lead for Housing at the Department of Health responsible for its then Extra Care Housing capital programme and known for his thought leadership.

After leaving the department, he founded the independent Housing LIN, bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England, Wales and Scotland to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population, with a belief that when great people come together and share ideas, inspirational things happen.

Clare Skidmore

Clare Skidmore

Strategic Lead: Influencing & Networks

Clare started her career as a facilitator with self advocates with learning disabilities, and as a paid carer and support worker. These experiences informed an ongoing commitment to people’s rights, to listening to people’s own perspectives, and an understanding of the importance of housing options for a good life.

At the Housing LIN, Clare undertakes influencing work with government and national strategic partners; leads the delivery of events (often chairing, presenting and facilitating debates); both commissions and produces written resources, reports and blogs; and conducts focus group exercises to support research and consultancy projects.

Ian Copeman

Ian Copeman

Principal Associate

Ian is responsible for the Housing LIN’s research and consultancy business. He has a track record of working for Government and a large number of local authorities, NHS organisations, housing providers and research funding bodies across the UK to undertake projects in relation to housing, accommodation and support for older people and people with support needs. He has worked as a local authority commissioner of housing and care services and for housing associations in development and management roles.

He is the author (with Ipsos MORI) of the Supported Accommodation Review (2016) for the Department of Work and Pensions and the (former) Department of Communities and Local Government Review, the NHF’s Home from Hospital (2018) report highlighting how social landlords can support NHS and local authority commissioners to improve the wellbeing of older people, the LGA’s Housing our ageing population (2018) covering exemplary local authority practice in relation to older people’s housing and a co-author of Adaptations without Delay (2019) for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Jerome Billeter

Jerome Billeter

Corporate Business Manager

Jerome joined the Housing LIN in its previous incarnation overseeing the Department of Health's Extra Care Housing Fund and is now responsible for the smooth administrative running of all aspects of the Housing LIN. His role supports the delivery of our networked programmes and the development and maintenance of our website, new business initiatives and growing consultancy activities. 

Lois Beech

Lois Beech

Research and Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Lois co-ordinates and undertakes research and engagement activities for the Housing LIN and provides project management support. She has experience of working on the Housing LIN’s projects for older people’s housing and supported housing services. Lois regularly undertakes research and engagement work with older people/disabled people including managing and organising qualitative research including focus groups and surveys. Lois also coordinates the Housing LIN events.

Reuben Hastings

Reuben Hastings

Data Analyst and Business Intelligence Officer

Reuben undertakes most of the Housing LIN’s quantitative and qualitative research; from focus group analysis to number crunching with the LIN’s own SHOP@ tool. He has experience of working on multiple projects for local authorities, housing associations and charities regarding older people’s housing and supported housing services.

Sophie Fox

Sophie Fox

Business Support Officer

Sophie provides business and administrative support to our operational teams; managing our online presence, our national and regional learning and improvement networked programmes, and commercial activities; this includes ensuring the smooth running of our all our events, focus groups and meetings. 

Darius Ghadiali

Darius Ghadiali

Knowledge Transfer Intern

Darius assists with information sharing across the team and supports consultancy operations staff through provision of examples of best practice. Alongside this, he is working to produce case studies for HLIN's Home from Hospital map, and has worked on documenting information on Loneliness and Isolation resource pages.