Building Homes & Communities for Everyone - South West
November 04th 2021
Victor da Cunha
Group Chief Executive
Vic joined the business in 2011, initially focusing on integrating three housing associations into one, bringing together our culture, governance and strategy. From these foundations, Curo was formed in 2013 as a re-energised commercially savvy business with a strong social purpose.
Today Curo has more than doubled its turnover and has a pipeline of over 2,700 new homes in development. It has established itself as an ambitious business with a regional and national reputation for innovation.
Under Vic’s leadership, Curo has become an Investors In People ‘Gold’ employer, has been ranked 27th Best 100 Not for Profit Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times and has won many awards for our services and our new homes and regeneration activities.
Vic is Chair of Homes for the South West - a collaboration between housing associations working together to increase affordable housing supply in our region. Together these organisations can deliver 16,000 new homes between 2019 and 2024.
Vic is also a Governor of Bath College, one of our local partners, sits on the Nation Housing Federations’ Diversity, Equalities and Inclusion group and is active on the Bath Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the economic development sub-committee.
In 2019, Vic won Business Insider South West Property Personality of the year and the Vistage Life Time Achievement Award”
Head of Acquisitions
Kelly joined Homes England in 2014 as a Senior Development Manager, before recently moving into her current role as Head of Acquisitions in the Land and Development directorate. Kelly is responsible for managing acquisitions in the South West where she acquires housing sites that require public sector intervention to bring to the market. In her previous role, Kelly led on bringing forward sites across Hampshire and the South West region and was responsible for increasing Homes England’s new home starts in Bristol from zero to over 900 in two years.
Prior to joining Homes England, Kelly worked for local authorities including leading on the Development Agreement negotiations and compulsory purchase order implementation for the successful Bracknell town centre regeneration – one of the largest town centre regeneration schemes delivered in the UK over the past decade.
MD of Place & Growth
Cheltenham Borough Council
Tim Atkins is the council’s managing director for place and growth. His role is to sustain and grow Cheltenham’s economic and cultural vitality.
He is also responsible for the protection and enhancement of the town’s environment.
Tim is responsible for the following services:
- building control - shared service helping to facilitate the construction of safe, efficient and accessible buildings
- green space development - parks and gardens, sports pitches, open spaces and allotments
- housing and communities - housing strategy, supporting people, homelessness
- planning - development management; Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy; Cheltenham Plan; neighbourhood planning
- enforcement of planning and housing conditions – particularly private rented sector and houses in multiple occupation and vacant homes
- land charges
- public protection - environmental health, closed circuit television, community safety, licensing
- bereavement services
- townscape - flood defence, land drainage, Cheltenham business partnership support, heritage and conservation, urban design, shopmobility and public realm improvement
- economic development and the council’s relationship with the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
- the Cheltenham Development Taskforce
- Cheltenham’s interests in Staverton Airport
- car parking – car parks and transport issues (Cheltenham transport plan, off-street car parking, bus station)
Cllr Tom Renhard
Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing Delivery and Homes
Bristol City Council
Tom Renhard is a Labour and Co-operative councillor and the cabinet member with responsibility for housing delivery and homes in Bristol City Council.
Tom’s background is as a housing campaigner and has been a member of ACORN since 2014, campaigning for better housing conditions for tenants. This has included being involved in high profile campaigns to bring in the eviction ban at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside an award winning campaign that as part of the End Unfair Evictions Coalition secured a government commitment to bring an end to s21 no-fault evictions in the private rented sector.
Tom is also a mental health campaigner, having setup the charity Independent Mental Health Network, which empowers people with lived experience of mental health problems to influence mental health support across the Bristol and Greater Manchester areas. Tom has also been a Time to Change champion, working to bring about an end to mental health stigma and discrimination.
As we approach the end of 2021, we’re aiming to finish the year by serving up the best insight into the South West’s residential property market at our next networking breakfast in Bristol.
The South West has demonstrated resilience and is adapting to changes which impact everyone in some ways. How our sector responds will play an important role in helping us to define the future, and not just be shaped by it.
Our next event on 4 November is under the banner of BUILDING HOMES AND COMMUNITIES FOR EVERYONE. The issues covered at this session are critical to helping us define the future we are working towards. How do we deliver sustainable regeneration and residential development that meets the ambition of carbon neutrality? How does this fit with changing lifestyle trends, which accelerated during lockdown? How can we stop the affordability gap from widening? Will customers and communities be involved in this process? We’ll be asking these questions and others at our event in Bristol.
Joining the conversation are four high-profile industry leaders who are helping to address these challenges at every stage, from acquiring sites to developing homes and working to foster successful and inclusive communities. They will give their insights and talk about how their organisations are helping to address these challenges. They include Kelly Hillman Head of Acquisitions of Homes England, Victor da Cunha, Group Chief Executive of Curo, Tim Atkins, Cheltenham Borough Council’s Managing Director of place and growth and Tom Renhard, Bristol City Council’s recently appointed cabinet member for housing.
We’re looking forward to the session and hope you can join us #BackInTheRoom on 4 November. The session starts at 7.30am and includes a full breakfast, panel discussion and an opportunity to meet and catch up with people from across the sector.