The Housing Vision Team

The Housing Vision team combines a wide range of experience and expertise in housing research, policy and practice. We have active links with the Universities of Birmingham and York, with De Montfort University in Leicester and with research institutes across Europe. Team members have worked for the National Housing Federation, the London Housing Unit and for registered providers, housing co-operatives and local authorities as diverse as Midland Heart in the West Midlands and the London Borough of Hackney.

We can offer advanced skills in quantitative survey and qualitative fieldwork; in data analysis and visualisation, especially through GIS mapping, and in the construction of accessible reports and presentations. Regular collaboration with partners enables us to extend the specialist services available.

Richard Turkington BA (Hons), PGCE, PhD, FRSA


Richard established the Housing Vision Consultancy in 2001 and has over 25 years experience delivering cutting edge social and housing research projects.

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Richard’s specialisms include housing market and neighbourhood sustainability assessment and identifying the housing mix and affordability options arising from housing and regeneration schemes. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Housing at De Montfort University and has active links with researchers throughout Europe. He is joint co-ordinator of the European Network for Housing Research Working Group on Housing Market Dynamics and was made a Fellow of the RSA in 2010 for his work in comparative housing. He has extensive Board membership experience, from early involvement with Castle Vale Community Housing Association to over 10 years as Chair of Housing Services and Development Committees at Mercian Housing Association, Birmingham.

John Connell BSc, DipPub., MBA

Consultant and Business Manager: Operations

John specialises in client-based interactive modelling, enabling scenarios to be explored around social and housing change and associated policy options.

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John has over 15 years’ management experience in housing including 10 years in various commercial roles at the National Housing Federation. In July 2004, John joined the London Borough of Hackney as a Consultant Project Manager working on their project to “improve access by local residents to low cost home ownership”. John was involved with this project to its launch in 2008, commissioning research and stakeholder consultation; developing and securing approval of policy changes; modelling CLG and Housing Corporation-endorsed local affordability and value-for-money criteria; and securing capital and revenue funding for a national pilot for the Hackney Equity Loans programme.

Sheila Camp MA


An experienced researcher, Sheila has been a consultant since 2000 specialising in housing policy review and analysis.

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Prior to establishing herself as a consultant, Sheila worked for the London Housing Unit for four years as a senior policy officer, specialising in housing capital finance. She was a Senior Lecturer in Housing for five years at the University of Westminster and before that, worked as a Policy Officer for the (then) National Federation of Housing Associations. She also has five years’ experience managing housing co-operatives and has been Chair of Housing in an inner London borough.

Within Housing Vision, Sheila has specialised in summarising the strategic and policy context for housing market assessment, together with researching the views of property agents in the local housing market. She has also run focus groups and carried out consumer interviews on a variety of topics.

Stephanie Sanderson BSocSc, PGDip.Housing


Stephanie works mainly in the fields of housing and related strategies, policy analysis and the synthesis of research and statistical information.

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From 1999 to 2008, Stephanie worked for a range of housing organisations in the West Midlands, spending six years as Head of Corporate Strategy for Midland Heart, the region’s largest housing association. She contributed to the Home Office Select Committee Inquiry which led to the development of Housing Market Renewal Areas; was involved in steering the Birmingham Housing Study and has contributed to and co-ordinated a number of research projects concerned with regeneration solutions for complex/deprived neighbourhoods; the needs of BME communities; improving customer satisfaction; and housing market and property management.

Stephanie works part-time at the University of York managing Making Research Count, a research dissemination programme in children’s social work and adult social care. She is also the lead researcher on a project which is aiming to improve employability for graduates who wish to work in the social enterprise sector. Stephanie is a Trustee Director of a large charity providing housing and support for people with physical and learning disabilities and is involved with the Kirkbymoorside Transition Town. Stephanie is studying for an MA in Political Theory at the University of Sheffield.

Chris Watson BA

Company Secretary and Consultant

Chris contributes to the management and strategic direction of the company, and as a consultant, undertakes research and policy reviews.

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Chris has many experience of research, teaching and consultancy in housing, urban policy and international urban development.  He was Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at the University of Birmingham from 1987 to 1992, and was subsequently Director of the University's Japan Centre and is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer in CURS, , and a member of the Housing and Communities Research Group of the School of Social Policy at the University of Bimringham, working especially with graduate research students and academic staff visitors from many parts of the world.

Chris was Chair of Mercian Housing Association from 1999 to 2005 and Chair of Mercian's Housing Services Committee from 1993 to 1999.  He has been a Board Member of FRC Group (Furniture Resource Centre and Bulky Bob’s), Liverpool since 2002.  He is a member of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research and the European Network for Housing Research; and is a co-ordinator of the ENHR Working Group on Housing in Developing Countries.

Rachel Wright BSc (Hons), MSocSc


Rachel leads on the geographical information function within Housing Vision, and contributes to projects requiring advanced data analysis.

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Rachel Wright is a Research and Geographical Information Analyst who set up a Geographical Information System for Midland Heart, the largest housing association in the Midlands and provided a geographical information service for the Corporate Policy team at Blackpool Council. She has experience of using both MapInfo and GGP software and has created interactive maps for display on websites using Instant Atlas from Geowise. She has analysed Geo-demographic datasets such as MOSAIC and the free Office for National Statistics Output Area classification. Rachel is especially interested in maximising the use of free socio-economic datasets to provide geographic intelligence. She has assisted Housing Vision to develop an Area Profile service providing thematic mapping with added intelligence.

Rachel's experience of social research includes both quantitative and qualitative data analysis; she has used SPSS for the analysis of large surveys and datasets and has worked in the fields of housing, crime, employment training, social care, regeneration and corporate policy