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Chief Executive

Victor joined Curo in 20011, having been operations director at a London-based housing assocation for a number of years. Since then he has overseen the creation of Curo, transforming and streamlining the group structure and its business services.

Today, Curo has become an established and well regarded South-West regional player and, through its housebuilding business, continues to deliver much needed affordable rented homes as well as homes for sale right across the region. Curo also has a growing private-rental sector portfolio and is leading one of the largest regeneration projects in the region, at Mulberry Park in Bath.

Victor currently serves on a number of partner organisations' boards and committees, including Bath Tourism Plus and the Public Services Board. He is also active on the Chamber of Commerce, where he sits on their executive committee, and on the National Housing Federation's South West Regional Committee.

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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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That was the year that was

Victor da Cunha takes a look back at 2014-15, year three of Curo's Big Plan. Mission: to make a positive and profound contribution to the neighbourhoods we work in – inspiring and empowering people to succeed in life.

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The 2015 General Election result: Housing & welfare pledges, promises & challenges

After a long night of black coffee and the occasional powernap, I first want to say congratulations to all new and returning MPs, both in our region and across the country as whole. Unexpectedly, we have a Government with a clear majority and, to boot, they have a range of housing commitments, some of which they say they will enact in the first 100 days of office. I confess, some do look a little worrying for housing associations and for those we serve; others interesting to explore.

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Time for hard-headed commercial decisions

The role and scope of housing associations has moved further, and faster, than many could have foreseen. In the last 20 years, housing has gone from being a concern about the homeless and poorest to a national crisis, affecting virtually all parts of society, including some of the most well paid. The crisis is deepening and we are at its frontline. With no apparent national long-term strategy, it’s vital to ask: are we fit enough, and do we have the right mind-set, to handle what’s to come over the next 20 years?

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Don't shoot the messenger

The recent shooting of a housing association employee and bailiff during an eviction should be of real concern to housing providers, and a reminder that our frontline workers often have to deal with the consequences of policies created in Westminster.

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