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Employee testimonials

Gary Kirsop - Director of Housing and Area Management

Gary Kirsop

I have worked for South Tyneside Homes since 2006, firstly as a Contracts Manager, then as Head of Property Services. I started as an Apprentice Bricklayer in South Tyneside Council's Public Works Department straight from school in 1988.

I enjoy working for an organisation that is committed to making a difference to people's lives in South Tyneside, improving homes and the local area on a day-to-day basis.

As my own career path started as an Apprentice, I am passionate about supporting young people through apprenticeships with the Company and am now a National Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Outside of work, I am Chairperson of South Tyneside Swimming team which supports over 300 young people to swim and compete on a regular basis, and learn how to be part of a team.

I live in the Borough and it is important to me to create a local, customer-focussed Company where people enjoy working to make a difference.

Michelle Evans - Head of Housing and Area Management

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When I first saw the advert for Head of Housing and Area Management, I was really interested in how South Tyneside Homes was working with the council to improve the area for local residents.

During my time here I have found the company to be forward thinking, always looking for opportunities to improve performance and services for tenants.

I have been here for nearly 6 months and have found staff to be friendly and enthusiastic!

Louise Landreth - Delivery Officer

Louise Landreth

Having worked for South Tyneside Council since December 2001 I have established close links with resident and community groups and when I saw the Involvement Officer post advertised I believed this was the job for me. During my interview it was clear that the customer is at the very heart of the company and I was lucky enough to be offered the post at South Tyneside Homes.

I then moved directorates to Housing and Area Management and became a Delivery Officer, this post is very challenging no two days are the same; however it is immensely rewarding knowing that my customers are happy with the services they have received. I am constantly learning the value of each service area and how the company as a whole is changing to deliver excellent services keeping the customer's needs at the forefront.