Whilst working for Notting Hill Housing Trust, WISH Founder, Nicola Dibb, recognised an opportunity to champion the work of women in the sector. Some years later in 1998 whilst working for a contractor she established a small network of like-minded individuals working in and with the social housing sector. This group, that she named Women In Social Housing, based in London, offered an opening for women to informally network outside of traditional cliques.
In 2002, Debra Constance attended a WISH meeting and saw the potential to develop the group further by inviting speakers to the networking events, she joined Nicola and the rest, as they say, is history!
After evolving into a subscription based organisation, we are delighted that we have grown organically over the years and are now represented in most areas of the UK. Our regional boards share our vision to create excellent opportunities to network with women at all stages of their careers and across the whole range of organisations who operate in the social housing sector – both private and public.
WISH is managed by a central board who is committed to leading WISH at a strategic level with Nicola taking the lead as Executive Director.
On a day-to-day basis, the regional areas are run by passionate and dedicated board members who provide an engaging calendar of informative and entertaining events for our members. Each region is committed to providing at least four events per year on topics ranging from confidence building, influencing, public speaking, social media tips, enlightening talks on relevant current issues as well as personal tales of how speakers built their careers in the housing and construction sectors. We also commit to helping our members unlock their networks with a range of friendly and relaxed networking events – including our annual get togethers at the CIH Conferences in Manchester and Brighton.
In addition to this paid central team, each of the Regional Chairs is also on the Central Board overseeing the operational activities of the Network.