Housing jobs – new appointments, promotions and vacancies

Housing Association magazine presents a round-up of new appointments, promotions and vacancies in HAs, LAs and the housebuilding arena. 


New appointments boost for Yorkshire BME housing association

September 2019

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has announced the appointment of two senior managers and two apprentices.    

After five years at the National Lottery Community Fund and with previous experience in housing and business development, Nas Hussain takes up post as Community Partnerships and Investment Manager. He will work with MHA partners and stakeholders to deliver neighbourhood improvements schemes in Bradford and Keighley.

Matthew Hayes joins as IT Manager and is tasked with co-ordinating the association’s revamped digital technology infrastructure. He arrives after almost a decade and a half of at one of the UK’s leading independent IT companies.

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MHA has also recruited two new apprentices.

Aanish Rehman will be part of the finance team, working four days per week at the association’s Bradford head office as well as spending a day at college completing an Association of Accounting Techniciansprofessional qualification.

Avtar Dhesi will work with the MHA health & safety and compliance unit for four days each week, and study for a Business Administration NVQ Level 2 through City Training Services on day five.

MHA Chief Executive Lee Bloomfield explained that both senior recruits had been brought onboard to implement newly agreed Board strategies.

And he said he was equally thrilled to welcome two new apprentices to the association’s ranks.

Mr Bloomfield commented: “Nas will help us deliver our new Community Investment Strategy which provides a framework for us to work with stakeholders to help local residents and build more resilient communities.  It is designed to make best use of internal resources and attract external funding.

“Our ICT Strategy, which Matthew will oversee, serves as a guide to ensure our use of the best available technology is aligned to our corporate objectives whilst being secure, efficient and cost effective.

“We also wanted to recruit two young apprentices and give them an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in highly-skilled and technical areas of the organisation.

“Aanish and Avtar have already fitted in extremely well at MHA.  I have no doubt that their time with us will open doors to amazing careers.”

Barrington Billings, MHA Chair, said: “My Board colleagues and I are proud of both new strategies and delighted to have Nas and Matthew with us to help deliver them.

“Aanish and Avtar also come highly-recommended and are making positive impressions.

“We have first-rate standards at Manningham Housing Association. I know that our new staff members will enable us to reach even greater heights.”

Nas Hussain, MHA Community Partnerships and Investment Manager, said: “The Community Investment Strategy is an exciting piece of work. I am very much looking forward to working with partners from the public, voluntary and private sectors to improve the lives of Bradford and Keighley residents.”    

Matthew Hayes, MHA IT Manager, said: “A robust and forward-thinking ICT strategy is vitally important for organisations that wish to be successful in the modern world.  Manningham Housing Association is clearly going places. I am excited to be on that journey.”

Pictures: 1. Left to right: Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association Chief Executive with Nas Hussain, Community Partnerships and Investment Manager and Matthew Hayes, IT Manager. 2. Left to right: Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association Chief Executive, with apprentices Avtar Dhesi and Aanish Rehman

Springfield Properties appointment Colin Rea as non-executive director

September 2019

Springfield Properties (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland offering private and affordable housing, has announced the appointment of Mr Colin Kenneth Rae as a Non-executive Director of the Group with immediate effect. 

Mr Rae, aged 54, is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with nearly 40 years’ experience in the construction and housebuilding industries, specialising in project and development management. From 2002 to 2019, Mr Rae held leadership positions at Places for People (“PfP”), one of the largest development, regeneration, property management and leisure companies in the UK with an asset base of £4.5 billion. PfP designs, builds and manages large-scale regeneration projects from start to finish, creating sustainable places where communities want to live.

Most recently, as Group Executive Development Director at PfP, he managed a UK-wide mixed tenure development programme of c. £200 million, delivering core housing assets for affordable and market rent and sale. This included the development of the 376-home Engine Yard site in Edinburgh, the largest single National Housing Trust development in Scotland. Prior to this, he was Project Director for Scotland, with responsibility for establishing and delivering PfP’s strategic development programme in Scotland. In this role, he liaised with private sector partners, the Scottish Government and local authorities and, with a team of 25, achieved annual development turnover of £60 million within five years.

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Previous experience includes project management roles at The EDI Group, a property development company wholly-owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, and Woolwich Homes Ltd, as well as surveyor positions at Millar Brown Associates and Gibson & Simpson.

Mr Rae is a long-term director of Homes for Scotland, the representative trade body for the housebuilding sector in Scotland, and is a former chair of Turning Point Scotland, a social care charity that provides residential rehabilitation services.

He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Napier University.

Sandy Adam, Executive Chairman of Springfield Properties plc, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Colin to the board of Springfield. He brings considerable industry experience and expertise in building large-scale development and regeneration projects across Scotland and the wider UK. Springfield has made great strides since listing on AIM in 2017 and the appointment of Colin compliments the skills of our existing directors, strengthening the board to reflect the enhanced scale of the business today and our plans for continued growth.”


Man GPM strengthens Community Housing team with three new hires

September 2019

Man Global Private Markets (Man GPM), Man Group’s private markets investment business, announces three appointments to its Community Housing team: Ian Jackson and Tom Shaw as Investment Directors, and Marine Guerin as Investment Associate. It has also appointed Paul Beardmore as a member of the Community Housing Advisory Committee.

The appointments further strengthen the Community Housing strategy, which was first launched in February 2019  and seeks to achieve the dual objectives of providing both social and financial returns. The team is led by Shamez Alibhai, Head of Community Housing and Portfolio Manager at Man GPM.

  • Ian Jackson joined as an Investment Director in August 2019, and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments. Ian has worked in affordable housing development since 1992, during which time he has been responsible for the acquisition and procurement of new properties and development schemes. From 2006 to 2015, Ian was the Director of Development for Longhurst Group, a large regional housing association, leading on the delivery of new developments. In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of Portfolio Investment, responsible for development and sales, strategic asset management, and group health and safety. His focus was on growing the provision of new housing into the Group.
  • Tom Shaw joined as an Investment Director in August 2019, and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments. He brings 15 years’ experience in real estate investment and development, the majority of which was spent in senior roles at The Hyde Group, a major London-based “G15” registered provider of social housing. Tom was Managing Director, responsible for new business, pre-construction, construction, sales and aftercare activities, as well as the performance of The Hyde Group’s development programme, including its investments into joint ventures with both public and private sector partners.
  • Marine Guerin joined as an Investment Associate in May 2019, and is responsible for analysing and executing new investments, as well as assisting in the monitoring and day-to-day management of the portfolio. Previously, Marine spent three years at Venn Partners within the commercial real estate team. She started her career within the European and UK credit team at Schroders.


Paul Beardmore joined in March 2019 as the fifth member of Man GPM’s Community Housing Advisory Committee, which provides advisory support to the investment team. Paul is the former Director of Housing and Residential Growth at Manchester City Council. He also provided the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with housing expertise during its evolution. Paul has led on innovation in housing nationally, replacing grants with equity loan finance and establishing the first residential development partnership with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. His appointment will complement the Advisory Committee’s four existing members, who are similarly experts in UK residential and affordable housing markets, and include Dame Katharine Barker, David Hutchinson OBE, David Sheridan and David Gannicott.

Shamez Alibhai said: “We are excited to add the collective expertise of Ian, Tom, Marine and Paul to our Community Housing team. There is a clear shortage of good quality affordable housing for too many people and families, and we believe that through impact investing we can help address this serious issue in a socially sustainable way. I look forward to working with the team and our housing association and council partners to develop much needed housing solutions for our community.”

Ian Jackson commented: “Having spent the majority of my career at a housing association, I am very excited to be joining Man GPM’s Community Housing team to help deploy much needed private capital into affordable and social housing. I have been impressed by Shamez’s prior experience and vision for the strategy, and look forward to being a part of it.”

Tom Shaw added: “I am delighted to be joining the team. With Man Group’s considerable resources and commitment to responsible investing, plus the benefit of a dedicated advisory committee with deep industry knowledge, I think there is a real opportunity here to help plug the affordable and social housing gap in the UK.” 


Waterstons appoints senior social housing and construction expert 

September 2019

Tom Jarman has joined national business and IT consultancy Waterstons as the new the new Senior Transformation Consultant, supporting their built environment clients.

The new appointment enhances Waterstons’ offer to housing and construction clients across the UK by providing expertise to help businesses tackle the unique challenges in the sector, respond to evolving legislation and stay ahead of the competition.  

With over 20 years’ of experience and in-depth knowledge of the built environment sector, Tom joins Waterstons’ from Your Homes Newcastle and Newcastle City Council. Tom specialises in build quality, performance outcomes, risk and digital construction.

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Tom is an active member of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the national industry and government body supporting UK construction. Earlier this year, his specialist expertise and passion for the sector were recognised at the Constructing Excellence North East Awards, where he won the Outstanding Achievement award. The accolade reflects Tom’s work engaging industry and his involvement in national projects such as smart construction and procuring for value.

Tom said: “Waterstons shares my vision to drive positive change within the housing and construction industries. We want to support clients to develop an active and sophisticated position that will enable them to respond to current and future challenges, allowing them to maximise value and outcomes from their investment, and mitigate risk.

“With my built environment experience and Waterstons diverse business and technology expertise, we hope to engage with housing and construction clients on the value of digital construction and help them to create an environment in which change, better outcomes and innovation can flourish.”

Waterstons’ Architecture, Engineering and Construction Lead Consultant, Andy Bates, said: “We’re an ambitious and experienced company passionate about helping our clients transform their business through the effective use of people, process and technology. Tom’s arrival adds yet more value to our large and expanding portfolio of national and international AEC clients so we can continue to help them thrive in a competitive and changeable marketplace.”


Robertson invests in Residential business with trio of senior appointments

September 2019

Robertson has strengthened its Residential Group business with three senior appointments, including new CEO John Low.

A well-respected figure in the Scottish housing industry, John will be responsible for growing the Robertson Residential Group – the standalone company under which all of Robertson’s housing businesses operate.

With an entire career spent in the industry, most recently at the helm of north east house builder Stewart Milne Homes, John’s surveying and valuation experience led to his appointment to the board of the housebuilders' lobby group, Homes for Scotland (HFS) in 2007, during which time he also served as chairman (2009/10).

housing jobs - L- R Colin Mitchell, Finance Director; John Low, Chief Executive; Craig Smith, Operations Director, Robertson Residential Group.JPG

John will be supported by two other new appointments, Colin Mitchell as Finance Director and Craig Smith as Operations Director.

Colin, a qualified chartered accountant, joins with over thirty years of experience across commercial property and housebuilding, including Murray Group and Barratt West Scotland.

Craig, who joined Robertson 23 years ago after graduating with a degree in civil engineering, has worked across multiple areas of the business, most recently as construction manager delivering Robertson’s multimillion-pound projects.

Derek Shewan, CEO of Robertson Group said: “Residential is an integral part of the Robertson business, with recent investment in talented employees allowing us to further drive growth and meet the business’ long-term plans.

“John’s impressive industry experience spans a variety of roles and a number of transitions in the Scottish housing market, leaving him with an unrivalled knowledge of the industry. We’re confident that John’s team, supported by the excellent skills of both Colin and Craig, will see Robertson Residential continue to expand north and south of the border by allowing us to take full advantage of industry opportunities.”

John added: “We have a strong team within Robertson Residential, and will continue to seek opportunities to invest in and develop our staff.  With an expanding presence in each of our selected housing market areas, we are seeking to further enhance our brand by putting our customers at the centre of each of our businesses and deliver quality properties which provide differentiation in the marketplace.  Our portfolio of businesses within Robertson Residential enables us to create communities and Places where our customers aspire to live, and homes which meet a wide variety of lifestyle needs.”

The high-profile appointments further demonstrate the commitment of Robertson to its Residential Group business, which in the financial year to 31 March 2019, completed over 800 private and affordable units generating revenues in excess of £170m.

Formed in 2018, Robertson Residential Group operates independently yet alongside Robertson Group to allow the business to focus on the growing housing market. It includes Robertson Homes, affordable housing division Robertson Partnership Homes and Robertson Living, which delivers new homes for younger buyers and downsizers.

Photo: L- R Colin Mitchell, Finance Director; John Low, Chief Executive; Craig Smith, Operations Director of Robertson Residential Group



The Pioneer Group appoints new Director of Asset Management

August 2019

The Pioneer Group has announced the latest senior appointment, with Dave Livesey joining the team as Director of Asset Management.

In his new role, he will be responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the group’s asset management and maximising opportunities for all maintenance services.

Bringing fresh ideas into the organisation, Mr Livesey has over 20 years of experience in the housing sector. As a qualified building surveyor who studied at BCU, he has worked in or around housing since leaving school and had gathered a wealth of knowledge while working his way up from an office junior at BCHS, a co-operative housing provider to his previous role as Head of Delivery for a large Midlands based housing provider.

Expanding on his new position, Mr Livesey said: “I am excited to work with the new executive team at The Pioneer Group, we all share a great desire to make services to our customers the absolute best they can be. The asset management team are in a really exciting position as well, working hard to plan our approach for the future and shaping services to ensure that they meet our customer’s needs and expectations.

housing jobs - Simon Wilson, CEO of The Pioneer Group, and Dave Livesey, Director of Asset Management

“The resident-led nature of housing in Castle Vale, with the opportunity to engage and deliver services based on what residents want, really attracted me to the role. I’m confident that my experience, coupled with residents that truly care about where they live, will drive excellence into the services that really matter to our customers.”

Starting in March 2019, Mr Livesey is part of a relatively new board with CEO Simon Wilson joining in May 2018, while Finance Director, Martyn Hencher, and Housing & Community Services Director, Kate Foley, started their roles in September 2018.

Simon Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of The Pioneer Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Dave to the Asset Management team. With his extensive knowledge of the asset management industry and his passion for community solutions, Dave has exactly the skills and drive we need to continue helping people and our communities to thrive.

“One of our key strengths is the range of skills and experience within the group and we know Dave’s expertise will further our ambitious asset and development plans for the future.”

The Pioneer Group is currently undergoing strategic review and is working with tenants to create a new corporate plan which will run from 2020 to 2025.   

From left to right: Simon Wilson, CEO of The Pioneer Group, and Dave Livesey, Director of Asset Management



Timber frame specialist Scotframe creates new role to increase market share in North

July 2019

Scotframe, one of the UK’s largest offsite timber frame specialists, have appointed Danny Johnson to the new role of Business Development Manager for the North of England in response to growing demand for timber frame homes in the region and across the UK.

Danny Johnson has enjoyed a successful 15-year career spanning customer service and business development roles, most recently with a smaller timber frame operation.

From his Manchester base, he will focus on supporting Scotframe’s private and commercial self-build customers with planning and managing the construction of their homes and premises, and securing an even larger slice of the self-build housing market in the North of England.

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Danny Johnson said: “Scotframe have a growing reputation for design and architectural excellence combined with superb customer service.  I am very much looking forward to supporting their ambitions to grow their customer base as well as spreading the word about the many benefits of offsite timber frame construction. The importance of sustainability and energy efficiency is really striking a chord with people.”

Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe said: “Danny’s experience in the timber frame sector and his strong background in customer service means he will be a great addition to our team.

“Currently Scotland leads the way in timber frame construction, with 83% of new build homes in Scotland using timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is steadily rising and Danny will play an important role in developing Scotframe’s offering south of the border alongside Scotframe colleagues in other parts of the country.

“Offsite construction will play a significant part in easing the UK-wide housing crisis because between 240,000 and 300,000 new homes are needed every year for the foreseeable future. Timber frame homes are ultimately more cost-effective to build and can be built around eight weeks faster than more traditional methods.”

Headquartered in Inverurie, Scotframe is an industry leader in the supply of full kit packages for housing and commercial projects. Established in 1989, the company has 192 employees and a £36.5m turnover. It has manufacturing facilities in Inverurie and at Cumbernauld, plus sales offices and showrooms at Inverness and Dundee and Swindon.

Scotframe was acquired by Saint-Gobain - a global group with 18,000 employees in the UK alone - in November 2017, a move which Scotframe believes will help accelerate its expansion into English markets.



Castles & Coasts appoints new housing services director

June 2019

Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA), which owns and manages more than 7,000 homes across Cumbria and the North of England, has appointed Dawn Clark as housing services director. She takes over from David Armstrong, who has retired.

Having been with CCHA since it was formed in July 2017, Dawn has stepped up to her new role this month from her current position as customer experience manager.
Stephanie Murphy, chief executive at CCHA, said: “Dawn’s position is an important one; her excellent leadership skills, dynamic approach, and her eagerness to embrace innovation are fantastic assets for our organisation.

"Dawn has built a reputation for excellence and her expertise and experience, as well as her customer-service ethic, will be a huge benefit to the organisation. We are delighted to welcome her to the executive leadership team.”

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Dawn joined the organisation as integration manager, which saw her oversee the operational aspects of the merger of two housing associations, from which CCHA was created. She ensured customer care and continuity of service throughout the process. Prior to that, she held leadership roles within the housing sector as well as within the retail sector and hospitality industry.

Dawn said: “I am so pleased to be entrusted with such an important role within CCHA. While this organisation is not quite two years old, we boast a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise among our ranks and I can’t wait to start mining that for new ideas about how we can continue to grow and develop as a business that is valued by our customers.

“I am passionate about ensuring our services meet the needs of our current and future residents and that CCHA is recognised across the communities we serve as a landlord of choice, and that’s something I will be ensuring is the case in my new role.”


ilke Homes makes key hires for new national land team


June 2019

Modular homes specialist ilke Homes, which recently announced a £100m joint venture with Places for People, has made two key new appointments to its national land development team as it continues rapid growth to meet escalating demand.

Tom Heathcote and Tristin Willis join ilke’s Group Managing Director Ben Miller who heads up the land team offering high-quality housing end-to-end - from land purchase through to planning and delivery. All three have made the move from Crest Nicholson, where they worked together on the same team.

housing jobs - ilke homes team Tristin, Ben and Tom

Tom, ilke’s new Group Land and Planning Director, and Tristin, Group Operations Director, are both seasoned professionals in the construction industry.

Tom has over 15 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry delivering numerous large-scale residential and mixed-use developments for major housebuilders across the Midlands, South West, and Northern Home Counties.

Tristin was most recently Production Director at Crest Nicholson Midlands, where he headed up the technical, build and commercial teams. He has more than 20 years’ experience in construction, having started out in civil and structural engineering. With a passion for design and quality, he made the move into housebuilding in 2007 where he has gone on to hold a series of senior roles.

Ben Miller said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom and Tristin on board at this exciting stage in ilke Homes’ growth. The company is poised to dramatically scale up its offer and I know from first-hand experience that they bring a wealth of knowledge, contacts, and skills to our great team at ilke, as we find and develop the perfect places for our houses. They are both expert construction professionals with the vision and project management skills that will enable ilke to continue to thrive in the market.”

Picture caption: (L-R) Tristin Willis, Ben Miller, Tom Heathcote



Current vacancies in the housing sector

Click on the links for more information on housing jobs currently available in the UK:

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Housing Services Manager - Rochdale

Housing Association Board Member - North Wales (voluntary)

Chartered Institute of Housing Vice-President

Senior IT Manager for Wandle Housing Association

Senior Site Manager - Godmanchester

Quantity Surveyor - Manchester

Development Engineer - Warrington

Senior Land Manager - Warrington

Project Manager - Hitchin

Senior Site Manager - Bishop's Stortford

Site Manager - Kettering

Senior Site Manager - Norwich

Land Manager - North West