Richard recently joined BCHA as Asset Manager, bringing with him decades of experience in social housing. His sensible and caring approach resonates through the team, fostering an environment that nurtures both personal and professional growth whilst pushing BCHA towards its mission to meet housing need and end homelessness.
“When I joined BCHA, I brought with me 35 years of experience in the construction industry, as both client and contractor.
“Having worked with many Housing associations and Local Authorities over the years, ending homelessness by providing safe, affordable homes has always been my personal mission.
“My construction career started in my family business where I worked as a contracts manager for 25 years for Housing associations and Local authority.
“Since then, I moved to Synergy Housing and then Aster (post-merger), as a Planned Maintenance Surveyor, and quickly rose through the ranks to become Head of Assistive Living and Servicing.
“After this I worked at New Forest District Council leading a multi-disciplinary team to deliver planned, cyclical and statutory legislative compliance to the Council’s housing stock. I enjoyed leading my team to utilise the asset management software to its full potential and was proud to lead the contract for Pennington Choices to re-survey all of the 5,500 housing stock.
“Over the years I have completed lots of training, from my HNC in Building Studies and CMI Level 5, to my P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings. This fills me with confidence that together with the BCHA Home Repairs Team, we will deliver secure, comfortable housing to help end homelessness across the South-West.
“As Asset Manager at BCHA, I monitor our assets through stock condition surveys and updating our systems and data across our entire housing stock to ensure our information is 100% accurate.
“I’m excited to help shape the future of BCHA by assisting with our 30-year business plan and setting goals we hope to achieve together to help our community of customers move towards independent living.
“As we look towards the future of BCHA, I’m thrilled to continue our stock condition surveys and implement a number of new and exciting systems for the team and organisation as a whole. We will be cleansing all asset data and implementing a new housing management system to enhance the way we work and hopefully make our lives a little bit easier.
“I feel fortunate to lead a very dedicated team who bring together different specialisms to help build better lives, better homes and better communities. Their commitment to sustainable housing was even recognised at BCHA’s latest Bchangemakers Awards, but as a team we are always striving to do more.
“In fact, colleagues across BCHA have impressed me with their friendly nature and the relaxed environment they have built to bring the best out of all at the organisation. Here, everyone helps each other, and we all feel part of something bigger working towards our shared goals for the community.
“I think that may be what I admire most about BCHA, that as an organisation we do not shy away from addressing the needs of society’s most socially excluded people.
“At the end of the day, I feel proud to work for an organisation built on the very simple but powerful premise that everyone deserves a safe place to call home."