Natalie has recently been
appointed as the New Homes Quality Champion to lead on the development and
implementation of a framework within which a new homes ombudsman service can be
appointed. Her independence and sector background and experience uniquely
positions her to be able to work with the broad range of stakeholders required
to deliver such an objective.
Natalie has advised central and local governments over a number of years and has served as an independent adviser to HM Government. This included the influential Elphicke-House Report 2015 on the role of local authorities in housing supply, which re-set the direction of government policy in this area. Natalie worked with MHCLG as an expert adviser on the development of the national strategy for estate regeneration.
Natalie's background is as a national specialist in complex housing and structured finance law and public policy. A former international law firm partner with over £4billion transactional experience, she had been described as "probably the best in the City" in her specialist area of housing. She has extensive experience structuring and successfully setting up new organisations in her professional capacities, working with a diverse range of stakeholders. This includes most recently at the Housing & Finance Institute. She has a strong reputation as an independent commentator on housing matters ranging from housing policies to building new homes faster as well as in relation to the quality and safety of new build construction.
Natalie is a member of the Jaywick Sands coastal community team and a member of the NHBC advisory panel. She is a voluntary worker at her local homeless shelter, having previously volunteered at free legal/advice centres over many years.
Natalie Elphicke is a qualified barrister and solicitor. In 2015 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to housing.