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Double appointment for bdht


Published by Zoe Guest for Gough Bailey Wright in Housing

(l-r) bdht's new estates officer, Chris Hartnett and ICT assistant Jordan Gravell (l-r) bdht's new estates officer, Chris Hartnett and ICT assistant Jordan Gravell

bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has welcomed two new local staff to its ranks.

Chris Hartnett joins bdht as estates officer and Jordan Gravell as ICT assistant, having both completed voluntary work placements.

Chris (51) from Romsley will be permanently employed by bdht as estates officer, after voluntarily working for twelve months, helping tenants with day-to-day maintenance and general office support at bdht.

Chris said: “I returned to my roots in Bromsgrove, after working as a pub restaurant manager for seven years previously in Kent. I spent 18 months looking for work doing any type of managerial vacancy, in order to fit in with my daughter’s school life.

“Volunteering really helped me keep busy but also focused on employment. I did not want to fall complacent and just sit back as so many people regrettably do.”

Chris is now responsible for ensuring that tenants’ expectations across the Bromsgrove district are met and exceeded. His duties include maintenance of the communal buildings, gardens and dealing with tenants’ questions and queries, as well as fire safety.

He said: “I feel very fortunate in being offered a second chance to prove myself. I now have a career with a future in a company that cares and I enjoy mixing with the community and being a friendly face for tenants.”

Joining from North Bromsgove High School’s sixth form is Jordan, who as an ICT assistant will ensure the smooth running of bdht’s IT system and website, in order to deliver a professional and efficient service.

The former student previously completed two months’ work experience with bdht. During those two months, the19-year-old demonstrated a professional manner and promising IT skills, so much so that bdht offered him a full time permanent position.  

Jordan said: “Completing two months’ work experience was well worth it, as when I started as a full time member of staff, I understood how the IT systems work.

“I’m excited to be starting a full time position with an organisation that cares and delivers such a vital service to the area it serves.”

Mike Brown, chief executive, at bdht added: “We’re pleased to have recruited local people who are passionate about what we do.

“It’s vital we have people who are passionate on our team. Without effective IT systems it would be difficult for us to deliver a good service, but equally as important is having tenant facing employees like Chris, who understand people’s concerns and needs.

“Even in today’s world some of our tenants like face-to-face communication and want to speak to someone who understands where they’re coming from. As a tenant himself, Chris is personable and knows how to solve their problems.”  

For more information about bdht, please call free phone 0800 0850 160 or visit


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