New Head of Communities moves into bdht
Published by gough for Gough Bailey Wright in Communities and also in Housing
New Head of Communities Surjit Balu
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has appointed Surjit Balu as Head of Communities, where he will lead the trust’s Community First and Sheltered Living teams.
Surjit has spent his entire career within the housing sector, having worked with Local Authorities and Housing Associations, and has gained wide and varied experience in a range of associated services including sheltered and supported housing, neighbourhood management, income collection and anti-social behaviour.
In his new role, Surjit will be promoting joint working between bdht and other external agencies operating in and around Bromsgrove to ensure the best possible service for customers. He will also be looking to extend the reach of the trust’s Sheltered Living service to as many people as possible, particularly those not already living in sheltered accommodation, thereby increasing the number of people who can enjoy and benefit from the work and activities of the team.
Surjit said: “I’ve been really impressed with how forward thinking bdht is and I feel it’s a culture I’ll settle into well. I’m looking forward to facing some new challenges as part of this role and progressing some key projects over the next few months.”
Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Surjit to bdht. He brings a wealth of experience with him and is keen to develop our community services and ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers in and around Bromsgrove. A major focus for him will be to reduce social isolation of the elderly through our Sheltered Living service, and work to create sustainable communities through engagement in training, volunteering and employment opportunities.”
For further information about bdht’s services call 0800 0850 160 or visit www.bdht.co.uk