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

Sally Taylor-Ridgway news

Sally Taylor-Ridgway

Digital Communications, Marketing & Events Officer

Sally is responsible for developing and marketing the Housing LIN via our digital and external communications programme and learning and improvement network activities.

Her role also supports the delivery of our regular online events, such as our HAPPI Hour webinars and our virtual annual conference, as well as several high-profile learning and improvement events that support our influencing, networking and consultancy activities.

Darius Ghadiali

Darius Ghadiali

Data Analyst & Knowledge Exchange Officer

Darius carries out quantitative data analysis as part of the Housing LIN's consultancy team, using the SHOP@ toolkit to produce demand-side estimates for specialist housing. Alongside this he edits and uploads new web content. Darius also assists with collecting evidence of best practice for housing provision to support the consultancy operations.

Lois Beech

Lois Beech

Senior Research 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 and hosts our virtual HAPPIhour sessions.

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. 

Team profile Ian Copeman

Ian Copeman

Business Director

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.

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.

Jeremy has written extensively on housing for an ageing population and ageing friendly design (RIBA), author and secretariat to the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People HAPPI inquiries, sits on several influential academic, trade and professional body Commissions and Advisory Boards, and is a judge on the government’s Home of 2030 competition.