#OPViews: Property Recruitment Specialist: Dino Christodoulou – Why work in Housing Development & Regeneration?

Our Development & Regeneration Specialist Dino has worked at Oyster Partnership for over three years. He brings an extensive breadth of knowledge in this sector, placing professionals into roles where they’re increasing the supply of housing and creating communities that people are proud of.

Below Dino gives his reasons why working in the housing development & regeneration sector is so appealing.

  1. Making an impact:

You will be involved in increasing the supply of housing, as well as improving socio-economic factors within communities; this will involve developing/regenerating homes and communities to meet government objectives; ‘Our homes are more than just a roof over our heads, they are our safety net and springboard to a better life.’ The Secretary of State. The increase in the supply of housing acts as a catalyst for the wider community, i.e. schools, retail, offices etc. which ultimately leads to improving the investment and economy in that area.

It really is an exciting and ambitious time to be working in housing!

  1. Working within a variety of disciplines:

Employers require people with a wide range of qualifications, such as MRICS, and Prince2, you will develop expertise and skills to support the variety of functions and disciplines within the organisation:

  • Land & New Business – securing opportunities for development, i.e. land acquisition, joint venture agreements etc.
  • Development – progressing new build residential projects from inception through to completion
  • Regeneration – area based programmes that improve the housing stock, the built environment and other local amenities

There are plenty of different opportunities that will keep you busy, where you will be continually developing your skill-set, working alongside thought leaders and influencers.

  1. Involvement in a variety of rewarding and challenging projects:

 Working in the housing sector is often challenging, but the rewards in terms of achievement are great. You may be involved in different aspects such as:

Rewarding:

  • Reducing homelessness figures
  • Creating a community for residents and those associated with it

Challenging:

  • Land availability for new build development
  • Short term impact of demolishing homes for regeneration

Your ideas and input will be invaluable in helping to create a better future for all.

  1. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace:

 There are a number of diverse jobs in the housing sector and therefore, the requirement for many people from different backgrounds. In 2018 Homes England become a trustee of the ‘Regeneration Brainery’ a revolutionary scheme to inspire a new, diverse generation of young people into property and regeneration.

‘We need to work much harder and smarter to change perceptions of our industry and show how we’re making it more diverse, more modern and more progressive for young people who want to build a career while contributing to society.’ Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England.

Diversity and inclusion leads to an increase in innovation and opportunities for all which in effect leads to a much better business performance.

 Are you looking for a new role or hiring?

If you are looking for the next step in your housing career; or perhaps you are looking for advice as to how you could get your foot in the door to begin working in this sector; or building your team and need new recruits, get in touch with Dino and the team today!

‘I discovered Oyster Partnership through a friend and I’m so pleased that I contacted them.  We quickly developed a partnership and I really appreciated Dino’s natural ability to communicate. I was impressed with Dino’s customer focus, understanding of the housing sector and his attention to detail.  Before long, Dino found the opportunity I was looking for & I’m now working as part of a great team on one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects in Thamesmead, South East London.

 Over the next 30 years, Peabody will invest over £1 billion into the area. We’ll deliver thousands of quality new homes, new jobs, commercial, leisure and cultural opportunities, in an area where I grew up. 

I’m very proud to be doing a job that involves making such positive change and Oyster Partnership helped make that happen for me. ‘

Senior Development Manager

Peabody