Neil Chidgey In 60 Seconds

I am an experienced FD working principally in the Private Sector specialising in the built environment, but more recently moving into the 3rd sector as group FD for a Housing Association and currently working for a small web-based retail business. Before taking the role of group FD with the Housing Association, I went completely out of my comfort zone, as Operations Director for an Asset Management joint venture.

Specialist Skills

Business Planning

Involved in developing plans, budgets and forecasts for businesses.


Developed teams throughout my career including operations obtaining IIP.


Responsible for Corporate Treasury for Plc, secured funding for Housing Association and Retail.

Strategic Thinker

Have the ability to digest complex issues and distil them into simple processes.


Have secured a number of LA outsourcing contracts and Facilities Management contracts.

Track Record Highlights

  • Part of a team that secured joint venture outsource contracts for social housing Maintenance and asset management with Local Authorities value of £1.2bn with the TUPE 3,500 employees.
  • Part of a team that completed due diligence on a £600m Plc Acquisition and the integration into the business. Sold plant hire business to generate cash. Bought a recycling business and integrated it into the group.
  • Operational Director of a team to provide Asset Management services to a Housing Association, which included 160 staff obtaining Investors In People (IIP).
  • Secured a loan for the Housing Association of £50m fixed rate 2.445% for 30 years. Secured loans for a small Web Based Retail business for growth.
  • Delivered overhead savings over 18 months of £6m (11%) during a recession.

Sector Experience

  • construction, Projects, Housing, Mechanical & Electrical design and install, Plant Hire
  • services, Facilities Management, Private Finance investment, Housing Maintenance, Mechanical & Electrical Maintenance
  • retail-consumer-products, Web based retail business, funding solutions, Digital Marketing, Analysis
  • property-real-estate, Projects, Housing and Commercial Investment Property
  • not-for-profit, Group FD Housing Association and Operations Director for Asset Management team

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