How did we come to be?
We launched a Selective Licensing property management service in 2018 across Nottingham because we saw an opportunity to establish ourselves in the market place. With tons of experience in the sector as landlords and property developers and an eye for detail we knew that we could help landlords navigate the changing landscape that is the private rental sector.
Our business has now developed into a multi service agency delivering lettings and property management services to landlords across Nottinghamshire.
The directors have a passion and social conscience and run this business to create resources and mechanisms to make social change.
Who is driving the business?
Managing Director – Terry Galloway
Terry wants to change the care system because he feels the system lets people down. He feels that it is his destiny to improve outcomes for children in care and care leavers, believing wholeheartedly that these people have so much to offer our community if only they were prepared better.
He lived in over 100 places during his childhood in the care system and talks frequently about his experiences. His was the middle child and both his siblings eventually had children go into care. He made a promise to his sister Hazel that together they would change the care system so no one would ever have to go through what they did.
Hazel was vulnerable as she left care and was later killed by her boyfriend, Terry’s brother has had a tough life too, and he has had various things happen to him, as a result has been in and out of prison and has cost the state over £1.2m so far.
Terry is trying to inspire people and communities to take joint responsibility for children in care. He helped to develop the Children in Care and Care Leavers Strategy 2018-2021 for Nottinghamshire County Council and sits on their ‘Looked after Children and Care Leavers Partnership Board’
In April 2018 District and Borough Councils in England became Corporate Parents for children in care for the first time since the early 70’s. Terry saw this as an opportunity to get councils to work together so he persuaded 8 Local Authorities through the Children and Social Care Act 2017 to create a “Joint Local Care Leaver Offer”
He also sits on the Board at the National Care Leavers Charity ‘Become’ who were formally the ‘Who Cares Trust’ they are the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers led by Steve McCabe MP, Earl of Listowel, Tim Loughton MP, Bill Esterson MP and Alex Burghart.
Operations Director – Diane Bialek
A chartered marketer and over 30 years’ experience as a private landlord and property developer, both domestic and commercial.
Born in Sneinton and raised in Carlton, Diane is a local girl who’s done OK.
Being the first in her family to go to university and spending most of her working life in the retail industry at senior management/executive level, Diane has not forgotten her social duty and her intrinsic desire to ‘give something back’.
As a previous Chair/Trustee of The Nottinghamshire YMCA and The Zone Youth Project for 7 years, Diane is committed to improving outcomes for some of our most vulnerable members of society, especially children and those suffering from the effects of domestic violence. To this aim, Diane has been a Chair/Panel member for school Admission Appeals for 10 years, is an accredited Counsellor and has accreditations in understanding autism.
Diane’s claim to fame is that she is a British Gold Medallist in Taekwondo and has taken part in the YMCA’s ‘Sleepeasy’ – sleeping rough in Nottingham City Centre, on a Friday night, in the freezing cold, with cardboard and a sleeping bag, to raise funds and awareness of Homelessness.