The large HLM group in the South Aster Group has appointed a new director of real estate investment.
Gary Bellenger: “Aster’s mission is not just to provide enough housing, but to ensure that the housing is of good quality. I am delighted to start playing my part in achieving this” (photo: Aster)
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Gary Bellenger joins Aster from A2Dominion, where he served for six years as Assistant Director of Property Services.
He has almost 25 years of experience in asset management and investment in the social housing sector.
In his new role, Mr Bellenger will take responsibility for Aster’s £571million property investment programme, which will include coordinating investment in upgrades, maintenance and repairs across the 34,500 homes from the owner in the south of England.
Mr. Bellenger said: “Aster has placed offering more for its customers at the heart of its strategy and is investing significantly in the improvement of its accommodation.
“The drive and expertise to do this is already abundant in the business and I see my role as ensuring that these efforts are focused and achieve the best possible results for clients, crucially shaped by their comments.”
He also said the need for affordable housing had “probably never been greater”.
He added: “The economic impact of the pandemic, the rising cost of living and steadily rising prices in the private housing market are creating enormous challenges for low-income households.
“Aster’s mission is not just to provide enough housing, but to ensure that the housing is of good quality. I’m excited to start playing my part in making that happen.
Emma O’Shea, Chief Operating Officer at Aster, said: “Ensuring the best for our clients requires a robust approach to asset and investment management, and Gary brings a wealth of experience in this area.
“It is essential that we continue to deliver safe and well-maintained homes, keep up with the changing needs of our customers and ensure that we reach our goal of all homes rated EPC C or higher by 2025.”
Late last year, Aster confirmed plans to merge with senior housing specialist Central and Cecil to create a 34,500 home owner.