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Ethical Leadership

Peter Marsh was the guest speaker at the PlaceShapers Group conference on Wednesday 29th April. The event was chaired by Lindsey Williams, Chief Executive of Futures Housing Group and the theme for the day was "Ethical Leadership".

Barbara Thorndick, chair of the group, kicked off the event with a speech about the progress made over the last 12 months. She talked of the huge changes facing the sector, the impact that the formation of the PlaceShapers Group has had and the increased profile of the issues that concerned it most. She finished by saying that she had re-read the member comments on the group's website as to why they had joined the group and this had confirmed her view that the group is a force to be reckoned with and a force for good. One comment in particular had stayed with her. This was the Chief Executive who had used the following quote to explain his reasons: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that has." (Margaret Mead 1901-1978)

The morning session consisted of an excellent workshop run by "Olivier Mythodrama" that used Shakespeare's Macbeth to explore leadership styles and behaviours and their impact on ethical leadership. After lunch, members worked together to share ways in which their organisations already translate the group's ethical principles into reality and to consider further initiatives that the PlaceShapers Group might lead on in promoting housing associations as ethical businesses.

The final session of the day was a structured interview with Peter Marsh, Chief Executive of the Tenant Services Authority. This was chaired by Chris Holmes, long time housing campaigner and former Housing Corporation Board Member. In addition to providing very informative and open answers to a series of questions posed by group members, Pete confirmed his desire for the PlaceShapers Group to work with the TSA on developing the detail of its new regulatory framework and in particular how a suggested "local deal" approach to agreed service standards could work in practice. The group welcomed this invitation.


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