Andrew Thompson admits becoming a member of the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association Board has been an “informative and enjoyable” experience so far.
Our newest board member says he was aware of our work given the new homes development arrangement we have with Karbon Homes, where he is Assistant Director – Treasury, but that it was only when he joined the board that he grasped the scale of who we are and what we do, as well as our rich heritage.
He explains: “It was a real eye opener when I got to understand the breadth of DAMHA’s patch and that it is the largest almshouse association in the UK.”
Andrew, 41, has worked in finance his whole career – spanning 20 years.
After leaving university and becoming a qualified accountant, he worked for different manufacturing companies before getting his first ‘taste’ for housing when he joined the development arm of Northumberland County Council which, at the time, was overseeing the regeneration of areas such as Ashington. Andrew ‘’enjoyed how his work in housing finance was helping to re-build communities that had suffered since the departure of mining and other heavy industries in our area’’.
In 2015, Andrew then joined Derwentside Homes which subsequently merged with two other housing associations in 2017 to become Karbon Homes.
The married-father of-two says: “This was an ideal move in my career where I could really start to make a difference in relation to building homes, repairing existing properties and supporting communities, in and around my home town of Chester-le Street too’’
“In recent years I began to think that having reported into many boards and committees during my time, I wanted to see things from the other side, and this led me to DAMHA.”
Andrew says he is looking forward to bringing his expertise to bear as DAMHA, like all housing associations, meets the challenges which lie ahead, including mitigating the rising cost of living and making all our homes energy efficient so they meet zero carbon standards in the future.
“DAMHA’s ethos dovetails with my own. It has a real passion for what it does; the people involved are very down to earth and they only want to do good things for our customers and communities, so I could not be happier to be here in my first board role.”