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Jonathan Drake

Service Director for Business Development
Salix Homes (Confirmed)

Jonathan has a number of years’ experience in the housing and regeneration sectors working with some of the most deprived communities in Salford.  He developed and implemented the marketing communications and community involvement programmes for the £150, transformation of Ordsall, Salford which is a Development Framework partnership between a private developer and Salford Council.  He subsequently worked for Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company re-shaping the delivery of neighbourhood services within Central Salford helping to make them more effective and response to the needs of residents. Jonathan is currently Service Director for Business Development at Salix Homes with responsibility for opening up the private rented sector and working with Councils to help bring empty properties back into use to create affordable homes.  At the same time, he has a created a partnership involving Salford Royal NHS Trust and the University of Salford that is looking at how sensor technology can be incorporated into the fabric of a home to support elderly and vulnerable people.  The project is using gaming technology to monitor people’s well-being through the use of data and artificial intelligence.  By monitoring the data, it is hoped that changes in people’s behaviour and movement can be detected which could indicate a deterioration in a person’s health.

His work has led to a number of media appearances such as on ITV’s ‘Where’s Home?’ programme, and BBC Radio Manchester where he discussed the Mii-Home project.  Jonathan has co-authored publications on Mii-Home including: Can my home help me stay healthy? A person centric approach to AI, Machine-Learning and Big Data in the Miihome project and My Intelligent Home (MiiHome) project.  In 2018 Jonathan was named as one of Inside Housing’s “Tech Leaders” for 2018, in recognition of his ground-breaking Mii-Home project.

  • Consideration of technology to cope with our ageing population
  • Results from a ground breaking trial; piloting smart home technology to help elderly tenants feel safe at home
  • Testing a system to detect deterioration in a person’s health
  • The practicalities of wide-spread implementation of the technology into future homes