I have worked in housing in one form or another for my whole of my (quite long) career, initially on a Council House improvement programme putting indoor bathrooms and kitchens onto the rear of Wolverhampton terraced houses.
I trained as a Contracts Manager and Quantity Surveyor first of all for a local builder, before moving into a small Local Authority in Hampshire and starting training as an Architect, eventually finishing this training at the renowned Islington Council Architects Department and North London University.
My first major scheme was an Estate Action scheme of remodelling, insulating and recladding with residents in-situ. Estate Action, HAT, Comprehensive Estate Initiatives, stock transfer programmes across London followed, interspersed with quite a lot of new build for Local Authorities and RP’s in partnership with the GLA.
This eventually brought me back to Haringey, the intention was to stay a couple of months and set up the new Direct Delivery Programme for Haringey’s first new Council Homes on Council Land at Council Rent for 35 years. Five years later I am back leading on making the delivery of largest estate regeneration and the biggest Levelling Up Funding Allocation in London work.