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Housing Partners appoints new managing director

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Housing Partners, the company behind mutual exchange service HomeSwapper, has announced the appointment of its new managing director.

Richard Blundell, who has served as business development director and a full board member with the company since 2010, will take over from John Carthew, who will be standing down this month to focus on the firm’s technical delivery function.

Along with a wealth of experience in the housing sector, Mr Blundell has a strong background in the technology industry, having worked with both MessageLabs Group and 4th Contact, where he developed a range of software service products.

Mr Blundell said: “Social housing in the UK is going through the biggest challenge it has faced since the end of World War II, with the introduction of the benefits cap and Welfare Reform fundamentally changing the landscape.

"Through no fault of their own, I believe landlords are spending too much money on old-fashioned, out of date technology and we want to use insightful, forward thinking solutions to improve efficiencies and decrease costs for every landlord in the country.

“At Housing Partners we intend to build on the base of our market leading mutual exchange service, HomeSwapper, and create more technologies that will save landlords time and money. We believe excellent, cost efficient technologies should take the strain in a time where there are less people than ever in the industry to do so.”

Andrew Fraser, chairman of the Housing Partners Board, added: “We are especially excited to see Richard step up to the role of managing director. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a passion for creating technology that genuinely serves a business need. His infectious energy and passion for this industry leaves us in no doubt that the business will continue to grow and develop.”

Housing Partners supply a range of technology solutions to more than two thirds of the UK’s registered social landlords. Over 305,000 tenants are signed up to its HomeSwapper service, which helps around 36,000 people swap homes every year.

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