About Raising Roofs

The programme has been designed to give you information and experience of what it is like to be a member of the board. You will hear from experts in the seminar room, work alongside your peers from other organisations and go out to observe board meetings.

Raising Roofs Key Programme Information

Programme dates 2019

(You must commit to attend each day of the programme)

  • Days 1 & 2: January 30th and 31st – National Housing Federation, Lion Court 25 Procter Street London WC1V 6NY
  • Day 3: February 27th – Limelight (Trafford Housing Trust), 1 St Brides Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 9NW
  • Day 4: March 27th – Midland Heart, 20 Bath Row, Birmingham, B15 1LZ
  • Day 5: May 1st – Accord Housing, 178 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 6QG
  • Day 6: June 5th – Notting Hill Genesis, Bruce Kenrick House, 2 Killick St, Kings Cross, London N1 9FL

The programme will start each day at 9.30 and close at 17.30.

June 5th, 2019: Day 6 of the programme

Your chief executive or a senior executive of your organisation will be invited to lunch on the final day of the programme, and for a 30 minute 1-2-1 with you to talk about your career, next steps and potential opportunities.

Travel and accommodation arrangements

These expenses are not included in the programme fee.

Payment arrangements

At the end of your application please include contact details for the authorising person or person in Finance/Accounts Payable to whom the programme fee invoice should be sent.

Please note: Your place on the Raising Roofs programme cannot be guaranteed until the programme fee has been paid in full.

Programme organisers

  • Ruth Sacks – Programme Director/Co-Creator
  • David Levenson – Housing Advisor/Co-Creator
  • Joyce Osei – Programme Co-ordinator

For further information or questions about the programme, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator at: info@raisingroofs.co.uk

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of participation

The maximum number of participants from any organisation is two.

There will be a maximum of 18 participants on the programme

Programme fee (costs stated are before adding VAT)

NB Pricing is indicative at this time and may be subject to change

  • Cost per participant: £3,750 per participant (£7,200 for two participants)
  • “Early bird” cost: £3,300 per participant (£6,400 for two participants)

(Early bird discount is subject to payment being received in full by Friday 30th November 2018)

MBTI personal assessments (optional)

  • Cost per participant: £250


A number of bursaries are available of £1,000 – £1,500 per participant

Participants should indicate at the time of making their application that they also wish to be considered for a bursary towards the programme fee.  Please complete the space in the application form to explain why you are applying for a bursary.  Preference will be given to participants from small organisations and/or those who are working in challenging situations.

For further information about eligibility for a bursary, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator:   info@raisingroofs.co.uk

Cancellation Policy

  • Before 30th November: 10% of the programme fee will be charged.
  • Between 30th November and 18th January: 25% of the programme fee will be charged.
  • After 18th January: 100% of the programme fee will be charged.

Cancellation in exceptional circumstances will be taken into consideration.

  • In extreme circumstances that the programme organisers are required to cancel the programme, all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Variations to the programme

The programme organisers may vary the content and delivery of the programme from advertised at their discretion.  No refunds will be payable in this case.

Selection Policy

Participation in the programme will be decided at the sole discretion of the programme organisers.

In the event that the programme is over-subscribed, applicants will be notified if they have been placed on the waiting list.


The Raising Roofs partnership is responsible for the delivery of the Raising Roofs™ programme.

The partnership is insured for public and employers’ liability, and professional indemnity.

Privacy Policy

Raising Roofs privacy policy can be accessed here

The Raising Roofs Programme

Six core training days, with Raising Roofs founders and expert facilitators

Nick Yandle (NHF), Vicky Askey (Longhurst) and Abdul Ahmedmalek (Irwell Valley) on a training day

Three mentoring sessions with a senior executive, and end of programme 1-2-1 with your own chief executive on career opportunities and next steps

Tina Barnard, Chief Executive (Watford Community Housing Trust), one of this year’s participating organisations

Observation (in pairs) of two board meetings at a different organisation, including review meetings with NED from observed board

Opportunities to hone your critical negotiation, communication and coaching skills

Dave Berrill (GreenSquare) makes his point

A professional portrait image to enhance your career profile

Natalie Cummings (Curo)

Optional: MBTI personal assessment