Maureen Corcoran, also known as Mo, started in housing as a tenant and community activist in the area where she was born – Waterloo in London.

She was a member and chair of a local housing co operative and became very active in many other housing and community projects, including the successful Coin Street campaign in London’s South Bank where the locally community successfully fought for ‘homes not offices’. This area of the South Bank is unique in central London in that it is houses people in low cost social housing in a modern, award winning riverside scheme, including the Oxo Tower.

She went on to work professionally in housing, rising up the ranks from being a front line housing officer to become Head of Housing in the Audit Commission where she ran the housing inspection regime.

She has also taught on the housing and community studies degree at Birkbeck College and served on several housing association boards. She currently continues to serve as a board member and works as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, specialising in tours on social history, housing and the suffragettes.