BECGconversation Podcast Episode 4: The impact of Covid-19 on communities, jobs and housing

Our fourth episode in the BECGconversation podcast series looks at the impact that covid-19 has had on local council services, housing and employment, including how councils and organisations have come together to provide support to those who need it most.

Our guests, representing a cross section of this diverse sector, were:

BECGconversation is a podcast series covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare and are available to download at any time.

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Our expert speakers

Mayor Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford

Peter Taylor became the Liberal Democrat Mayor of Watford on May 4th 2018. He is a former school teacher and lives locally with his three young children. Improving Watford’s transport infrastructure, increasing support for local rough sleepers and implementing sustainability best practices are some of Peter’s key priorities. Before becoming Mayor, Peter served as Deputy Mayor, Portfolio Holder for Parks and Leisure Services and as a Borough Councillor for Oxhey Ward.



Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Communities that Work

Lynsey Sweeney is Managing Director of Communities that Work, the voice of housing providers that deliver social mobility through employment support. Communities that Work has been championing the role of social housing in building up vibrant communities for a decade, and holds established links across housing, employment and government. Lynsey has worked across housing, learning, employment & skills since 2006. She was Director of Enterprise at a central London Further Education College, co-founded the first Apprenticeship Training Agency in the UK and consulted for KPMG on their World Class Skills programme. From there Lynsey joined the National Housing Federation as a special adviser on apprenticeships and employment and went on to be the founding MD at Communities that Work. Prior to this, Lynsey studied Philosophy and worked for VSO in China, Ethiopia and London.


Nilavra Mukerji, Senior Assistant Director, Directorate of Housing and Safer Communities, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Nilavra has been with Royal Greenwich as Senior Assistant Director for Repairs and Investment since 2018, responsible for looking after the Council’s 23,000 council homes. He has extensive experience of working with communities and delivering community based services, and has been part of the Council’s Covid response during lockdown.



Jennifer Riddell-Carpenter, Director, BECG

Jennifer is an experienced communications professional who has held senior in-house positions at L&Q, and brings a decade of communications experience from the housing association, property, urban development and charity sectors. At BECG, Jennifer heads up the PR team in London, and leads communications strategies for clients across the built environment.