Kim Penfold – Curriculum Vitae
Kim operated at Director level in a large UK not-for-profit registered social landlord (RSL) for nineteen years and prior to that led a team in local government. He has built partnerships with public, private and not-for-profit bodies and delivered major regeneration and development schemes. His analytical approach results in clear written reports for both technical and promotional purposes. He is used to making presentations to different sizes and types of audience and has acted as a witness at public inquiries.
2007 onwards – Penfold Associates
Kim undertakes housing, planning and regeneration consultancy with repeat assignments in the UK not-for-profit housing sector. Kim has also provided planning consultancy services to the Barbados Government, dealing with “called-in” applications and appeals and also conducting a process review of the related systems.
1988-2007 – Harvest Housing Group (formerly Manchester & District Housing Group)
As a member of the senior management team, Kim filled a number of roles, including Special Initiatives Director, Business Development Director, and Group Director – Strategy & Information (covering research and marketing). His final portfolio was Group Director – New Business & Partnerships.
Harvest (now part of Your Housing group) provided social rented housing for young people, families, older people and people with special housing needs as well as a range of initiatives to help people into home ownership and address issues of affordability. Harvest’s turnover in 2007 was £49 million, with 18,000 homes in management and a staff of over 400.
Among the projects where Kim led the winning and delivery of new business for Harvest were:-
• Stock transfer of 1,800 homes from Warrington New Town – negotiations and tenants’ ballot
• Hulme redevelopment – Harvest’s role in wider partnership
• Partington – first urban stock transfer – 1,400 Manchester overspill homes
• Allerdale – stock transfer of 3,700 homes in Cumbria and establishment of new RSL, Derwent & Solway Housing Association
• Grove Village PFI in Manchester – first UK housing regeneration PFI – £100 million capital cost 30 year contract – consortium with private developer and private funder – remodeling both estate and service to create a mixed tenure community
• Cheshire Extra Care Housing PFI – consortium (Avantage) approach to deliver new model of mixed tenure housing with care for older people – over 400 flats on five sites – £65 million capital cost
• Housing association/RSL mergers
o Eaves Brook Housing Association
o Moorlands Housing
Kim also contributed to development of the Group’s Corporate Plan and to promoting the organisation externally. He led the initial Investors in People accreditation and chaired the Equality & Diversity and Environmental Strategy project teams. He provided strategic input to the Group’s housing market renewal work in West Cumbria and Pennine Lancashire. Kim took responsibility for managing relationships with specific local authorities and other external bodies including the National Housing Federation.
1979-88 – Manchester City Council
Kim led the team in the Chief Executive’s Department responsible for co-ordination of the Council’s capital programmes and resource procurement – including the Urban Programme, Housing Investment Programme and European funding. He led the bid to Brussels for the first ERDF and ESF Integrated Operation which brought £50 million in extra grant to the Manchester area. This involved close work with two partner local authorities, British Government Departments and EU officials. Kim also negotiated the transfer of the Gamesley overspill estate to High Peak Borough Council. While at Manchester Kim produced reports documenting the extent of the City’s housing problems which formed the basis for subsequent action and investment in areas such as Hulme.
1976-79 – Salford City Council
As planner and then senior planner, Kim worked on housing and economic issues, local planning briefs and gave evidence at public inquiries.
1973-76 – Lancashire County Council
As planning assistant and then senior planning assistant, Kim worked on housing and population studies in the Structure Plan Team.
Education and Qualifications
Falmouth Grammar School, Cornwall
Jesus College, Cambridge – 1968-71 – Geography degree (2:1)
Sheffield University – 1971-73 – Diploma in Town & Regional Planning
Manchester Metropolitan University – 1980-84 (part-time) – Law degree
Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) – 1975
Born at Penryn, Cornwall in 1950, Kim is married to Sandy Penfold with three grown-up children. Kim has dual Barbadian and British nationality. He enjoys theatre and watching sport (especially rugby), tries to keep fit and also enjoys fly fishing.
Kim is currently Secretary of the Barbados Town Planning Society.