About

I have been working in, studying and writing about property, leadership and governance since 1974. This website shares what I have learnt.

A Brief History

Initially an architectural assistant whilst gaining an ONC and HNC in building, I left to work with single homeless people in Aberdeen. In those days it was a 'wet' shelter. People, mainly men, would stay overnight but would usually be extremely drunk. Many were chronic alcoholics.

I moved on to study full time at Plymouth Polytechnic (now University of Plymouth) for a degree in Social Policy.

I have worked at ten housing associations, six as Chief Executive: Worcestershire Housing Association, Beacon Housing Association, Bloxwich Housing Trust, Aldridge and Brownhills Housing Trust, Herefordshire Housing Group, Connexus Housing Group. Along the way, I also held posts of Deputy Chief Executive at WM Housing and Managing Director of Walsall Housing Group.

Not just housing, I have been a non-executive director at Community First, Blakenall New Deal for Communities and for 3 years chaired Money Box Credit Union. I have also chaired the Herefordshire Business Board and served for 4 years on the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. Until recently, I was a housing advisor to the Telford Land Deal.

Academically, I have been a Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University,  a lecturer (part time) at Worcester College of Technology and also hold a PG Diploma Sociology from the  University of Worcester and an MSc in Management from Birmingham University. I was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

More recently an NED with Chislehurst and Sidcup Housing Association and an occasional consultant with Campbell Tickell but now serving as an NED with Heart of Medway HA.

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