Nathan is Group Board Director of Urban Splash and a well renown and highly respected figure in the property industry. He has been responsible for some of the country’s most iconic and ground-breaking schemes including Fort Dunlop, the upside down’ houses in Salford and New Islington in Manchester.
We at LandAid are more than excited to announce that he is now taking on his next challenge of becoming the new Chair of the LandAid Northwest board.
Here, Nathan talks about his new role and how he is aiming to help LandAid in our mission to end youth homelessness.
Homelessness is something we all see, whether it’s in our major cities, local towns or villages – sadly it’s everywhere and a major issue. Who can fail to be touched when you see someone without a roof over their head especially in winter and also, dare I say, when that person happens to be young.
I’ve long been a fan of the work of LandAid as they tackle the challenges and raise funds to help those in need. We focus on Youth Homelessness and with a simple vision that’s to end youth homelessness in the UK. We bring the property industry together to support charities delivering life-changing services for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness in the future.
Those of us that also work in property are acutely aware of the issues and it’s great to see so many initiatives across the North West that are trying to help the problem. LandAid have big plans so I was, therefore, particularly honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Chair of Land Aid in the North West, helping the team and by building on the good work that’s already been achieved in recent years.
As we move the charity forward, I’m particularly focused on helping young people in our region – especially as we emerge out of the pandemic and unleash new initiatives.
We’re kicking off this year’s fundraising with our first in-person SleepOut event next month at the Mayfield Depot – part of a national event which is also taking place in five other locations around the country. It is Landaid’s biggest ever SleepOut which will support young people who are homeless.
As the new chair I guess I had to commit to sleeping out rough, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but I also don’t pretend that it will be the same as sleeping rough knowing that I’ll have a warm bed to go to the next night. It’s important, though, that we raise awareness and at least in part try to understand what is like to sleep out on a cold night in Manchester City Centre. You can find out more here if you want to join us.
Beyond that, I’m committed to pushing our Northern reputation for doing things differently – leveraging the kindness and networks of many people to tackle youth homelessness in the region.
So, if you’re a likeminded partner from the North West’s property sector, who wants to work collaboratively as we execute new ideas and raise much needed funds, then please give me a shout!