Our Presidents

Bishop Dr Joe Aldred

Bishop Joe joined the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Ms Rachel Lampard in a three-way joint Presidency of the charity in January 2017. Each of the Presidents has extensive knowledge and wisdom in both the church, housing and homelessness sector.

Dr Aldred takes up this honorary position in addition to his work full time on the staff team for Churches Together in England with responsibility for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations.

As a Bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, Dr Aldred has extensive experience with the Pentecostal tradition and the charity looks forward to seeing new relationships develop within this tradition. 

As well as having a passion for ecumenism, Dr Aldred is a broadcaster, providing Pause for Thought's for national BBC stations and hosting a weekly Sunday evening radio programme for BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

He has written a number of books, including “Respect”, about understanding Caribbean British Christianity, and “Thinking Outside the Box”.

As part of his new role as a Co-President of Housing Justice, Bishop Joe visited one of the Birmingham Winter Shelter venues at the end of January, accompanied by Emma Neil, Housing Justice Birmingham Development Coordinator.

The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter is a community of individuals, churches and organisations that work together to provide emergency accommodation, food and support to homeless people in Birmingham during the coldest winter months through welcoming them into our churches and providing hospitality.

Speaking of his new role, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred said:

"Being approached to take on this new role at Housing Justice is an honour, because I would dearly love to live in a society where everyone has a home.

I believe the church has a huge contribution, which will grow in the coming years and this must be a response of the whole church, in unity.

I look forward to working with my fellow presidents and all those connected to Housing Justice as together we contribute to making this ideal as close to reality as possible."

Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said:

“Housing Justice aspires to be the national Christian voice on housing and homelessness. It is, therefore, really important that we have support and involvement from the widest possible range of churches and Christian organisations.  

Bishop Joe Aldred is a widely respected national church leader.  As a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy and as the person responsible at Churches Together in England for liaison with pentecostal churches, he brings immense experience and wide connections.  

I hugely welcome his appointment as one of the Presidents of Housing Justice, and look forward to working together.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols' biography can be viewed here.

Rachel Lampard

Since 2008, Rachel has been the Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, an ecumenical collaboration between the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland, enabling the denominations to campaign and speak out on issues of poverty, climate change and peace.

At the Methodist Conference in 2015, Rachel was elected to serve as Vice President of Conference, alongside the Reverend Roger Walton during 2016 - 2017.

Rachel is no stranger to the work of Housing Justice. In the 1980's, she served as policy and campaign lead for the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which became Housing Justice in 2003.  

Rachel's appointment, joining Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, Archbishop of Westminster, comes at the end of the Jubilee Celebrations for the Catholic Housing Aid Society.

As part of her new role of President, Ms Lampard will be visiting the Housing Office, based at the South London Mission at Bermondsey Central Hall, this morning to meet staff and volunteers of the charity.

Speaking of her new role, Rachel Lampard, newly appointed President of Housing Justice said:

"I have seen how homelessness and poor housing damages people’s lives. Churches have long been at the forefront of responding by offering help to those affected, developing innovative solutions, and campaigning for change.  

I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as a President of Housing Justice and look forward to continuing to support their work, and the work that is done by churches, of all denominations, around the country."

Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said:

"Throughout 2016, Housing Justice has been celebrating the birthday of the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which laid roots to what Housing Justice has become. We are grateful to all those who worked so hard to enable the current organisation to become what it has.

I warmly welcome Rachel's appointment as a President of Housing Justice because she is no stranger to championing the cause of the benefit that churches can and do make in practical action to those who are homeless or in housing need.

Inviting Rachel to take up this important role will not just maintain the link to our heritage as a charity, but also be an example of our continued commitment to working ecumenically with organisations such as the Joint Public Issues Team as well as the denominations which they represent."

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