Campbell Tickell in Ireland

CT Partners, Greg Campbell and David Williams outline Campbell Tickell’s work across the island of Ireland and some of the key issues organisation are facing.

Campbell Tickell are no strangers in Ireland. We’ve been working in the north since 2011, and in the Republic since 2013. Much of our work, both south and north of the border, has been with housing associations. But we have also operated extensively with central government and government agencies, with care and support providers, and with local authorities. While housing provision and policy have been central to what we have done across Ireland, our work has extended much further, to include regulation, troubleshooting, business planning, strategy, governance, housing demand and development, property maintenance and asset management, human resources, recruitment and more.

This is not to suggest that the situations north and south are  comparable; obviously they aren’t, although there is common ground beyond sharing a border and sharing concerns about how Brexit may unfold. Homelessness, poor quality housing stock for many, and the need for more affordable, high-quality homes are significant challenges across Ireland as a whole. The solutions to these challenges will have similarities and differences. The structure of the housing sectors north and south are quite distinct. For instance, there are more than 500 housing associations in the Republic – Approved Housing Bodies – but just eight with more than 1,000 homes. In the north, there are now just 20 associations, but most are significantly larger.

As our work across Ireland grows, we have been building our team on the ground. Last year, Kathleen McKillon joined us after 10 years at Irish Council for Social Housing. And we are delighted for Nicola McCrudden to join us this October, after four years as director at CIH Ireland.

We are pleased to now bring you CT Brief – 38, our first edition focused solely on Ireland. Enjoy reading!

Examples of CT Projects in Ireland

Republic of Ireland:

• Helped the Housing Agency Regulation Office to develop the regulatory framework for AHBs: Finance and Governance standards. Read our full case study
• Advised The Housing Alliance (comprising a number of the largest AHBs) on public sector reclassification.

Northern Ireland:

Investigation for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive into over payments on planned maintenance contracts
• Working with the Department for Communities on the regulation of Supporting People

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This article appears in: CT Brief – Issue 38


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