Speakers

Mike Freshney

Mike Freshney

Board Member

About

I have a number of 'Jobs', my titles being 'Vice President European Home Builders Federation', Vice Chairman W Westerman Homes Ltd', ' Chairman, Consumer Code for Home Builders Advisory Forum', Managing Director, Focus 2 Ltd, and not least 'Director Habitat for Humanity GB'. I have been engaged in the UK Home Building Industry for most of my career both as CEO, Executive and Non Executive Directors of several major public companies, including Retirement and Social Housing. In addition I have been engaged for many years in both Government and NGO's establishing regulatory standards for new home construction and directing Building Control and New Home Warranty organisations. I have been instrumental in generating the support of the New Homes industry for the work of Habitat for Humanity, through fund raising and volunteering teams for building across the world and on housing need projects in the UK. I first became aware of the amazing work of Habitat for Humanity in disaster relief when the Asian tsunami struck my favorite holiday destination in Thailand 14 years ago. many friends from the local Thai community were killed and or made homeless and their livelihoods destroyed. Habitat were there in the immediate aftermath and are still there helping to restore the homes and communities. There was no question in my mind that I must help physically on the ground and by raising support. My whole career has been providing homes, and it is entirely natural that the UK home building industry continues to do so for those in most desperate housing need through this incredible Charity. I continue to help lay bricks and hammer nails particularly in Cambodia, and help arrange volunteering teams.
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