Welcome to Keelman Homes.
Keelman Homes is a not-for-profit charity based in the borough of Gateshead, in north east England.
It was set up in 2009 to develop nearly 150 new homes for rent, sale and shared ownership in Kibblesworth, south Gateshead.
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What we do.
Building for the future
Building on the regeneration of Kibblesworth, including art and play schemes across the estate, Keelman Homes has continued to develop new rented properties across Gateshead. During 2014 family homes were built at:
In 2016, Heddon Close, Ryton, welcomed its first residents. 2017 saw our development of homes for affordable rent completed in West Park, Dunston. As part of a 2015-18 new build programme, Keelman Homes is planning new homes in Runhead Estate, Ryton and Malton Green, Harlow Green.
Looking for a new home?
Our affordable rent homes to let will be advertised through the Tyne and Wear Homes lettings scheme. To find out more about joining the scheme visit The Gateshead Housing Company's website. Homes are also made available for shared ownership and the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme.
Housing management services
We provide housing management services to Housing Associations with properties in Gateshead and manage over 130 new build properties on behalf of Thirteeen Housing Group across the borough. Through the Empty Homes programme we and Gateshead Council work with private home owners to bring homes which have been empty for more than six months into use. These properties are leased from the owners for a minimum period of five years and are then let on fixed-term tenancies at affordable rents. Under this scheme we manage over 20 properties across Gateshead and we are actively looking to identify further empty properties with Gateshead Council to bring back into use.
Brian Kelly – Board Chair of Keelman Homes
Brian was Head of Housing Services at Gateshead Council until retirement in 2004, and has been our Board Chair since our inception in 2009. He has served on a number of Housing Association Boards and is now Vice-chair of Governors at a Primary School, having been Chair for ten years.
Joanne Carr – Board member
A former Director of Business Development at National Energy Action. She has extensive knowledge of energy-efficiency matters and has been a member of Keelman Homes' Board since 2010.
Anne Connolly – Board member
Anne started her housing career at Gateshead Council and has over 28 years' experience in housing management, regeneration and strategy. She currently works for a local ALMO and has been on Keelman's Board since 2009.
Paul Foy – Board member
Board Chair of The Gateshead Housing Company and a town and local councillor in Birtley since 1992. He works as an Office Manager for a local MP and also has 15 years' previous experience as a housing professional.
Linda Hitman – Board member
Has worked with local authorities and government bodies, including urban regeneration. Linda is a member of the Women’s Advisory Board (NECC) and the Lord and Lady Taverners Council.
Leigh Kirton - Board member
Jason Wylie - Board member
Jason is Assistant Director - Commercial at Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), having worked in social housing since 1992. Jason oversees all commercial development for YHN and has operational responsibility for two large services that operate throughout the UK.
Neil Bouch - Company Secretary
Neil has been our Company Secretary since December 2018. Neil has worked for The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council since 2001. He is currently Interim Managing Director at The Gateshead Housing Company.
Meet the Team.
Amanda Gallagher - Development and Investment Manager
With over 15 years of experience in the housing development and regeneration field, Amanda has strong project-management skills and significant experience working in a construction and technical environment, with qualifications including MSc Urban Policy and Regeneration, MA Town and Country Planning, and Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management. Beginning her housing career in local government, she has been instrumental in the successful delivery of many major housing-led regeneration sites including award-winning projects and smaller housing developments throughout Teesside, working with a range of private house builders and Housing Associations before joining the company in June 2015.
Jim Charlton - New Build Manager
Jim started his career with Gateshead Council in 1982 as a craft apprentice and has subsequently gained over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He has held several key management roles both with Gateshead Council and The Gateshead Housing Company including Senior Building Surveyor, Procurement Manager, and Contract Administrator. Jim has been integral to the successful delivery of quality housing provision and other housing investment within Gateshead, including the award-winning Kibblesworth Village housing regeneration scheme and several other developments throughout his career, in partnership with private house builders and other delivery partners. Jim also holds qualifications including BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Professional Chartered Membership of the CIOB, and a Diploma in Home Inspection.
Yasmin Ellis - Development Support Assistant
Yasmin joined Keelman Homes in August 2018, bringing a passion to help, build and succeed. In her previous position as a Senior Case Handler of the investigation of fraudulent sales, she embraced additional roles such as Inclusion and Diversity Ambassador and Communications Representative. She also holds three years of charity fundraising experience, completed while studying for her BA in Social Sciences. With a focus on successful project completion, Yasmin provides all aspects of administration in connection with the delivery of planned new build and refurbishment programmes.
Social housing provider Keelman Homes is building quality affordable homes in Low Fell, Gateshead, in partnership with Gateshead Council, Beacon Living and Kier Living. The development on the Lyndhurst site has been funded by a £210k grant from Homes England. The six new two bedroomed homes, named The Hazel, will be located within the new… Read the full article →
Keelman Homes Ltd is a not-for-profit registered provider based in Gateshead. Originally established as a wholly owned charitable subsidiary of The Gateshead Housing Company (TGHC) to redevelop Kibblesworth in South Gateshead, we currently own around 190 homes and have a further 126 in development. Our ownership changed in 2014 when our trustees became Members of Keelman Homes,… Read the full article →
A programme to bring 40 empty homes back into use has been so successful that a bid to bring back a further 40 has been given the green light. In April 2015 local housing association Keelman Homes successfully applied to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the Empty Homes Grant 2015-18, for funding to… Read the full article →