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Chief Executive

Vic joined the business in 2011, initially focusing on integrating three housing associations into one, bringing together our culture, governance and strategy. From these foundations, Curo was formed in 2013 as a re-energised commercially-savvy business with a strong social purpose.

Today Curo has more than doubled its turnover and has a pipeline of over 2,700 new homes in development. It has established itself as an ambitious business with a regional and national reputation for innovation.

Under Vic’s leadership, Curo has become an Investors In People ‘Gold' employer, has been ranked 27th Best 100 Not for Profit Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times and has won many awards for our services and our new homes and regeneration activities.

Vic is Chair of Homes for the South West - a collaboration between housing associations working together to increase affordable housing supply in our region. Together these organisations can deliver 16,000 new homes between 2019 and 2024.

Vic is also a Governor of Bath College, one of our local partners, sits on the National Housing Federation's Diversity, Equalities & Inclusion group and is active on the Bath Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the economic development sub-committee.

In 2019, Vic won Business Insider South West Property Personality of the year and the Vistage Life Time Achievement Award.

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Fixing The Social Housing Stigma

I’ve been reflecting on the “stigmatisation” of the social housing sector – highlighted as a core issue to solve in the Housing Green paper 2018 – and digesting many of the responses.

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Stability, security and opportunity: My #HousingDay story

It’s #HousingDay18 today, 10 October 2018. It’s an important day for all those who value the role of social housing in our society and understand the stability, security and opportunity it provides. Four years ago, I wrote my own housing story; about why decent, affordable housing and the social housing sector is important to me.

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What happens to Housing Association surpluses?

There’s a mixture of confusion and misrepresentation about Housing Associations – or HAs – when it comes to our surpluses and what we do with them. Sadly that confusion has caused some - particularly those who don’t know us well - to question our motives, our charitable status and our social purpose.

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Reaction to Dispatches shows the sector is divided and losing focus

This blog post first appeared as a comment piece in Inside Housing. Have you ever seen a football team concede a goal then drop their heads and begin to argue amongst themselves? It normally never turns out well does it? If a team allows itself to go down that path, it’s generally the end of the game. Well motivated, focused and driven teams not only absorb a robust chall…

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Regeneration is not a dirty word

This blog post was first published by the Housing Quality Network. We’re based in Bath, a difficult place to live on a low income; the average home costs more than 12 times average salary. I believe that cities need all sorts of people; we can’t run a successful place with a population made up exclusively of lawyers, accountants and art dealers. We have to think creative…

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Why a cable car is right for Bath

"Thriving communities need access to jobs, to school and colleges, to shops, leisure, cultural events and, of course, affordable, reliable public transport..." Read why a cable car is right for Bath in this article by Curo Chief Executive, Victor da Cunha, first published in Inside Housing.

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Building on our successes: my look back at 2015-16

This time last year I gave my view on a year in the life of Curo. One year on, we’ve continued to build on our successes, to learn and adapt as we push on towards achieving our mission: "To make a positive and profound contribution to the neighbourhoods we work in - inspiring and empowering people to succeed in life." Despite a rapidly changing environment and further changes to our business model we’ve maintained our headline performance; both in terms of our finances and customer satisfaction. Here’s my look back at what we’ve helped to make possible in 2015-16…

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