GEM graduates get political in Westminster
United Living’s GEM graduates were recently invited to the Houses of Parliament for an interactive learning event involving cross party MPs, senior politicians, senior civil servants, specialists from policy organisations, and senior leaders from the world of housing.
The Westminster and Whitehall day was organised and led by John Healey MP and Geraldine Howley, Group Chief Executive of Incommunities.
United Living GEM Graduate Jessica Quinn, said: “On arrival we received a tour of the buildings and gained insight into the history of Parliament and how it operates, taking in the sights of Westminster Hall, the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. We visited the public gallery and watched politicians participate in a live debate, whilst chaos unfolded as news broke that Boris Johnson had resigned as Foreign Secretary.”
The GEMs also had a chance to take part in a Q&A session with senior politicians and housing leaders.
Alex Howe, GEM Graduate for United Living, said: “The second part of the day was very lively with leaders in the housing industry, including United Living’s CEO Ian Burnett and Lord Best, a member of the House of Lords, tackling questions on a range of issues. We had just over an hour to ask them about their perspectives on some of the industry’s greatest opportunities and challenges. It was very informative and has broadened our understanding of some of the key issues and how we can play our part to help resolve them.”