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:
As part of a 2015-18 new build programme, Keelman Homes is planning new homes in Runhead Estate, Ryton; Malton Green, Harlow Green; and West Park, Dunston.
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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. He has since served on a number of Housing Association Boards and is now Vice-chair of Governors at a Primary School in Ryton, 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 The Gateshead Housing Company’s Board since 2010.
Anne Connolly – Board member
Anne started her housing career at Gateshead Council 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.
Ronny Harris - Board member
Has 35 years' experience with local authorities and housing associations. Before her retirement in 2015 Ronny was Assistant Chief Executive at Coast & Country association, where she was responsible for developing new homes.
Liz Twist - Board Member
Gateshead's Cabinet Member for Housing and member of Keelman Homes Board since 2016.
Jon Mallen-Beadle - Company Secretary
Jon has worked for The Gateshead Housing Company since October 2006, joining the company from Tristar Homes. He has been Managing Director of The Gateshead Housing Company since December 2012.
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.
Kelly Davis – Finance Manager
Joining Keelman Homes in March 2015, Kelly brings with her eight years of finance experience in housing, both public and private sector. Kelly qualified as an accountant in April 2012 and is fully CIMA qualified. With a focus on value for money Kelly provides effective financial monitoring and control, and has successfully delivered process efficiencies and financial savings throughout her career, working effectively with a broad range of operational and management teams.
Keelman Homes Business Plan 2017-21 shares the company’s successes to date and sets out the company’s ambitions and aspirations for the future. Download Keelman Homes Limited Business Plan 2017-21 16pp (PDF) Or email us to request a print copy.
Social housing provider Keelman Homes has purchased its first non-ex-local-authority property through its 2015-2018 Empty Homes Programme. The one-bedroom new-build property is situated on Whitewell Road on the former Bleach Green Estate in Blaydon. 31 Whitewell Road is now ready to let and will be advertised in late January. The property has an allocated parking… Read the full article →
Keelman Homes has secured an additional Empty Homes Grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The additional £400,000 has enabled the Keelman Homes Empty Homes Purchase and Repair Programme 2015-18 to double the number of empty homes which will be brought back into use in Gateshead. The original programme included 20 units after initially… Read the full article →