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The People

Project Lead

Maria ParksMaria Parks

Head of Centre for Enabling Environments and Assistive Technology (CEEAT)

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, York St John University

Maria has a professional background in housing, enabling environment and assistive technologies.  

She also conducts service evaluation and workforce development activities for Re-ablement services, including the KTP project with the City of York Council.

For more about Maria, visit her staff page here.


Message from the Steering Group

Darren AwangDarren Awang - Chair - genHOME Steering Group

"This is a challenging project with an added international aspect that has not been attempted before.  I hope the genHOME resources will provide information and clear directions of travel for a wide variety of groups and individuals who have an interest in how housing can and should impact positively on people's health and wellbeing."


Frances GaleFrances Gale - Chair COTSS-Housing

The COTSS-Housing is very pleased to be supporting the development of the genHOME project through the award of a research grant of £25,000 over the next 3 years.  The award reflects our members' recognition of the need for better evidence in the field of housing design and adaptations and our commitment to improving housing options for disable people.  We are also delighted that the project has attracted the collaboration of the UKOTRF and additional funding from Pressalit Care plc.


Steering Group Members

Darren Awang

Frances Gale

Jani Grisbrooke

Frances Heywood

Paraig O'BrienParaig O’Brien MA. Dip. COT FCOT
COTSS-Housing web co-ordinator
“Inclusive, collaborative working involving disabled people, personnel in health and social care, housing, industry and government departments is essential to address the challenges disabled people experience in society.
The Genhome project can significantly strengthen collaborative working by building an international, cross sector framework of research evidence to achieve an overview of and co-ordinate research activity into housing interventions which influence the health and well being of older and disabled people”

Jacquel Runnalls

Kate Sheehan

Liz White - UKOTRF COT