We're delighted to welcome Ken Lyon as property services manager.
The 52-year-old moved to nearby Southampton from Scotland in 1991 and has worked in the building trade for more than 30 years.
“I am a time-served carpenter and have previously worked as primary carpenter for property developers building bespoke houses up to the value of around £750,000,” said Ken.
“Nine years ago, I decided to apply my building knowledge to surveying properties for First Wessex Property Services (now Vivid), where I gained an Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) and Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualifications.”
Ken went on to become maintenance and cyclical manager for Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, managing 2,000 properties.
“Later I joined Comserv - a social housing maintenance company - where I designed kitchens and managed a team who installed them,” added Ken. “Then I saw an opportunity to join Thorngate Churcher Trust - a new and exciting challenge.
“In all the years I’ve been ‘off the tools’ I have always worked in tenanted properties - either for local authorities of for housing associations. So when I saw the chance to do something different, I jumped at it.
“I love the fact there is scope to make subtle changes to hopefully streamline the way we work with tried-and-tested methods from previous companies, and impart some of my knowledge and skills that I’ve picked up along the way.
“I’ve found the staff and residents here to be very friendly. The knowledge they have about where they live is invaluable - and I hope I will have a positive impact on their homes and surrounding areas.”
Ken has two step-children, and two grand-daughters. He likes cycling and hill-walking with his wife. He also has a boat, which he loves taking out on the south coast during the summer months.
Thorngate chief executive Anne Taylor added: “Ensuring our properties are in excellent shape is a hugely important task - for the benefit of both our residents and staff. With his skills and experience, I’m delighted to welcome Ken to our team and would like to wish him a successful and fulfilling career with us here at Thorngate."
Thorngate Churcher Trust is a modern charitable registered social landlord, offering independent assisted living and residential care from three sites in Gosport, Hampshire.
It operates 124 sheltered flats for assisted living, all with 24 hour warden support, and a 44 bed care home offering residential care for older people including those living with dementia.