World record athlete joins housing group
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
A former track and field star has joined a housing group’s repairs arm.
Kiera Vogel, who once held the 3,000 metre world record, is the new director of planned maintenance for M&Y - Regenda Group's maintenance division.
Ms Vogel said: “M&Y recently moved into planned repairs for the first time, it’s the next significant phase of the company’s growth and diversification. I have been hired not only to identify changes and make it all work as smoothly as possible but also to make it profitable."
Her target is for her team at St-Helen's-based M&Y to deliver at least £9 million worth of in-house work within three years, starting with replacement windows and kitchens before taking on roofing and central heating.
“The move from responsive repairs and maintenance to offering a system of planned work not only involves infrastructure changes but also a new working culture," said Ms Vogel.
"I am going to be hands-on, identifying where changes need to be made, supporting those changes and helping to make it all work. I expect the team around me to share my high standards and expectations and always do a first class job. If our customers are happy, then I’ll be happy."
She had worked for a number of housing associations before being appointed by Cheshire West and Chester Council as responsive repairs manager.
A former member of the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers, Ms Vogel was an accomplished athlete who excelled at 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres. As an elite runner she represented Great Britain on several occasions and competed in major championships, becoming a world record holder for the 3,000 metres in 2003.
She studied Health and Human Performance at Iowa State University in the USA before starting her working career.
“I always thought I was going to be a PE teacher but how differently things have turned out! I hope my colleagues at M&Y and the Regenda Group will find me honest and approachable. I never set myself up to fail and I am sure my appointment will be a great success,” she added.
Gill Kelly, managing director of M&Y, said: “Director of planned maintenance is a brand new post with a whole new set of obstacles and challenges.
"Like me, Kiera is a grafter and really down-to-earth. She is disciplined and committed and together I’m sure we will achieve great things. I’m absolutely delighted she is now an important part of the team at M&Y."