Val Solomon Smith – Co-operative Manager
I started my full time work with Nat West Bank and worked for them for 3 years, I then spent 7 years as a Laboratory Assistant. I moved to work in housing more than 35 years ago and have worked for Manchester City Council, Co-operative & Housing Services (NW) Ltd, the Tenant Participation Advisory Service, Blackburn Borough Council, Chisel Ltd, Hexagon’s Co-ops and Tenant Services Team, Juniper Housing Co-op and Willowbrook TMC before coming to work for Two Towers Housing Co-op. I have worked in the Borough of Southwark for 17 years.
I was very active in the voluntary sector for a number of years and I was also an active member of Trafford Housing Co-op when I lived in one of their properties.
I have a Certificate in Public Administration (Housing), a Diploma in Professional Management and have attended many other courses related to management, finance, housing and co-operatives. I am a trained trainer and have been responsible for ensuring that many groups understand the TMOMMA and are competent to manage, maintain and run their housing co-ops.
Linda Knight – Housing Assistant
I worked for a number of years as a recruitment consultant and I have also worked in the social care sector, supporting vulnerable children and adolescents and managing the day to day running of a children’s home.
I started working for Two Towers in 2013 and have worked as the Receptionist and as the Administrative Assistant. In 2014 I took up the position of Housing Assistant incorporating the management of Rent Collection and Housing Repairs within my role.
Amanda Blondel – Administrative Assistant
I started work in the Rag Trade in 1981; from there I went to work in the Civil Service working in various sections of the organisation. I worked for the Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD) in an administrative capacity for almost 20 years after which I took voluntary Redundancy and went to University where I gained a degree in ‘English with Creative Writing’. I also have a Diploma in Business and Finance.
After completing my university course I worked in a customer services centre, for a company who dealt with dry cleaning, repairs and ran a towel laundry service. The centre dealt with over 20 companies and had many varied customers.
I am involved in the voluntary sector in Lewisham and am on the Board of an international non-profit organisation that provides scholarships for sportsmen and women to study in the USA.
I am working at Two Towers on a temporary contract. Since being here I have further enhanced my Customer Service expertise and am constantly gaining new skills.