A top executive from the Newcastle office of international project management and cost consultants Faithful+Gould has taken up a prestigious seconded role for one of the north east’s leading housing associations, Isos housing group.
Undertaking the seconded position of interim group director of development, Bob Lawrence, who also carries out an executive consultant role for Faithful+Gould will be in post until February 2007.
The Isos group is made up of NomadE5 Housing Association, formed out of the recently merged Enterprise 5 and Nomad Housing Associations, and Milecastle Housing Ltd. Arising out of their merger on 1st November 2006, the group owns and manages approximately 9, 000 houses throughout the north east, has an annual turnover of £26 million and employs almost 300 staff.
Bob brings to the role 15 years experience of delivering regeneration and economic development projects and programmes which receive multiple sources of funding. Of particular significance is his understanding of public sector funding regimes, experience of monitoring and evaluation systems and the successful delivery of numerous capital projects and programmes.
He said, "My role is to lead the development delivery team to ensure the programme is undertaken in line with Housing Corporation targets and timetables. In addition I am assisting with the merger of Nomad and E5, helping the harmonisation processes and activities between the two companies’ development teams as well identifying and developing new opportunities for the group and partner organisations. This is a challenging but enjoyable role and I am delighted to be part of an organisation with such an excellent track record, which continues to grow through innovation, endeavour and first class management."