The CIH's membership grew 5 per cent last year to 13,490, with sharp increases in London and the South East (with the South East branch recording a 10 per cent increase).
The overall membership increase outstrips the CIH's five year business plan, which envisages a 4 per cent increase every year from 1996 to 2000.
However, Ms Laird said: 'The CIH needs more frontline staff - such as wardens and those dealing with housing benefit claimants - to provide a truer reflection of the housing profession and the breath of services which it provides.
The professional support, qualifications and training offered by the CIH provided to frontline staff have widened considerably over the last two years, and are still growing.'
%The authors of a new publication on re-accommodating tenants during development and regeneration projects, are looking for examples of current policy and practice on 'de-canting'.
Those with information should send it to Tony Bird, c/o CIH, 9 White Lion Street, London N1 9XJ.