Health & Safety Representative
Andy Pettersen - Social Business Manager
Andy is the manager of East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust and deals mostly with the financial side of the organisation. His main responsibilities include; funding and procurement as well as project management and recruitment of staff, volunteers and apprentices.
Andy has been with ECYHT for 5 years, following on from a career in retail as an auditor. On a personal level Andy has always had a particular interest in the building and construction industry due to his father working in that field. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from his work, he has always lived in the East Cleveland area and is proud to be part of an organisation that helps to improve the lives of local young people. ECYHT has renovated local properties, provided training and opportunities for apprentices and young people struggling to get relevant training or an affordable place to live.
Andy's long term objective for the organisation to help it become completely self sufficient.
Karen is the admin assistant for East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust and has been with the trust since 2014. Her work involves front of house, administration and accounting tasks; she is also involved with the procurement of funding.
She says that everyone in the team works well together and particularly enjoys being involved with the fundraising side of the trust. She and Andy in particular have a close working relationship, although she feels that the whole team work seamlessly together. Karen helps to make applications for fundraising to help secure housing for homeless and often vulnerable young people. She also raises funding to enable local people to start apprenticeships in the building trade, when often they wouldn't have the opportunity to do so. Karen feels a sense of satisfaction knowing that she is part of a team that makes a real and tangible difference to the lives of the tenants and apprentices. She enjoys seeing the improvement in self-esteem and confidence which a "step up" gives the tenants and apprentices. When she joined she was already involved with volunteering work with a local scouting group.
Karen's long term goal for the trust is to help it become self sustaining. Both herself and Andy work together with the aim of achieving this status.
Peter Adams - Building Manager
Peter has been working as the Building Manager for ECYHT since 2014. Peter is in charge of the ECYHT building team, including apprentices. Peter has overall responsibility over the building team and enjoys being involved with giving apprentices a chance in a career path that they might not otherwise of had. He is responsible for the pricing of construction and repair jobs and works closely with Andy Pettersen to achieve this. He particularly enjoys being involved with the larger scale jobs and turning dilapidated houses into comfortable and welcoming homes. Not to give away his age; but he has over 40 years experience in the building trade and is a highly valued member of the team.
Dean Sayer - Site Supervisor
Dean Sayer joined ECYHT in April 2009 at age 19. Previously he was a bricklayer apprentice involved with the construction of new builds. Dean was employed within a small building firm who subcontracted their services to larger companies. In 2008, due to the recession the work dried up and Dean was laid off meaning that he couldn't complete his NVQ. He started as a volunteer with ECYHT to gain site experience and gathered photographic evidence to successfully complete his NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying. He put in over 250 hours on a voluntary basis in order to gain his qualifications. He then moved onto New futures employment program, attending ECYHT on a placement basis. He attended various construction training courses and the undertook a 2 year painting and decorating apprenticeship and achieved his NVQ Level 2 qualification. Dean was taken on as a full time employee of ECYHT in 2011 where he gained further qualifications including an NVQ Level 3 in supervision.
Dean says that ECYHT are a great team to work for, and that he gets a great deal of personal satisfaction knowing that through working at ECYHT he contributes to improving the quality of life for the tenants of the renovated properties, and for apprentices who are given the chance to gain employable skills and confidence just as he was.
Dean feels that through his training, education and employment with ECYHT he has gained a great deal of self confidence and pride which has carried through into his personal life.
Paul Kidd - Labourer
Paul has been working as a labourer with ECYHT since 2016. Paul had never really had the opportunity in his youth to gain either experience or qualifications to help him build a stable future for himself and his family. Paul volunteered with Ground Work for 3 months with no real expectations of being taken on by ECYHT. However, having been given an opportunity albeit later in life. Paul impressed all who worked with him with his discipline and work ethic that he was taken on by ECYHT as a permanent member of the construction team. Paul has had the opportunity to learn many aspects of the building trade and gained several qualifications. Paul feels that ECYHT has given him a chance in life that he may not have had otherwise. Paul feels particularly proud to be able to contribute to society, helping others finding it difficult to get their feet on the ladder, either in a career on in finding affordable housing.