Kelvin Kift - Director

Kelvin Kift has 40 years of development experience having worked in senior local authorities, positions with a number of national and regional housing associations including Circle Anglia, Places for People, The Guinness Trust and Catalyst as well as a local authority in London.

Since 2010 he has worked primarily with developers and landowners to demonstrate to local authorities that the level of affordable housing being sought by the local planning authority is unviable. In addition, he also advises a small number of councils and Registered Providers on financial viability. He is recognised as one of the leading experts on affordable housing viability and innovative solutions particularly when schemes appear unviable.

He has been involved in training programmes relating to financial viability and housing association development to both the public and private sectors. Until very recently Kelvin was a Non-Executive Director of a Registered Provider and a Non-Executive Director for a development company owned by three affordable housing providers.

Mob:    07502 151 716

Helen Frost - Director

Helen joined forces with Kelvin Kift in 2010 to form Kift Consulting Ltd (KCL) having previously worked for a major housing group to become as an Assistant Director of Development responsible for creating and delivering a development programme in Essex and Bedfordshire with her team.

Prior to that Helen worked as an Enabling and Strategy Manager for Uttlesford District Council and was always seeking new and innovative ways to work with Registered Providers, Developers and across boundaries with other Local authorities to maximise the delivery of affordable housing.

Since starting up KCL Helen’s main role has been to work with primarily local authority and some private clients advising them on the viability of their own proposed developments as well as validating Viability Assessments submitted to local authorities as part of the planning process.

Mob:    07502 151 910

Tracey Walker- Associate Director

Tracey has worked in the Affordable Housing sector since 1991. She began her career as enabling officer for an Essex Local Authority, dealing with regeneration and development before joining a major developing housing association where she was responsible for new business, section 106 projects, land acquisition and regeneration.

Since 2001 she has worked in the private sector including George Wimpey / Taylor Woodrow initially in the Strategic Land Department before becoming a Director responsible for affordable housing across the South East and Midlands areas. Tracey has also worked for EC Harris in the creation of new business and placement of affordable housing contracts for their clients before joining Countryside Properties where she used her extensive knowledge to bid and secure their position on framework agreements.

She brings an extensive knowledge of Section 106’s, traditional housing association development, bid writing knowledge, planning, legal and financial processes.

Derek Pike - Associate Director

With over 40 years of affordable housing experience, he is one of the most known and respected individuals in the South East. He has worked with many of the large developing housing associations and brings with him additional knowledge having worked within 3 local authorities in their architect departments.

He is an expert in understanding the standards housing associations have to achieve and is a qualified SAP and HQI assessor. He has a complete knowledge of the procurement routes that affordable housing providers use.

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