Housing association Orbit Group has invited Andrew Stanford to join its board, in a strong signal that the organisation is looking to take a more proactive stance in the private rented sector.
Stanford is currently head of the Government’s Private Rented Sector Taskforce, which is charged with encouraging the growth of a professionally managed private rented housing market in the UK, in any way it sees practical. “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Andrew’s experience and calibre to what is already a highly experienced board team,” said chairman baroness Tessa Blackstone.
A chartered surveyor, Stanford worked for more than 20 years at respected property agency Cluttons, where his responsibilities included managing a major residential estate in South Kensington for the Wellcome Trust. More recently, he set up his own agency, Stanford Mallinson, which offers consultancy and advice to those active in the UK residential market.
Orbit is a broad based housing association with properties across the Midlands and South East, looking after more than 37,000 affordable homes. It developed 875 homes last year, and aims to add 1,300 this year. But while building a small number of homes for open market sale, according to its group websites, Orbit has yet to start building a private rented sector portfolio.