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Paul M

Please give an outline of your career to date.

I have worked in the private sector for most of my career to date. I started as a graduate property surveyor in Colliers Belfast in 2013 working in the property management department and then moved across to roles in Asset Management and Property Development in companies such as McAleer & Rushe, Conway Group and Killultagh Estates.

What led you to your role with the charity?

I have a strong passion for Property Development and, when I spotted the newly created role in the Simon Community, I felt it would be a good opportunity to do something I am passionate about in an organisation that helps so many people across Northern Ireland.

Describe your role and the work you do?

My role as the Assets Development Manager means that I am responsible for property acquisition and management of the charity's private property assets. My role is to provide housing for clients, helping them to move out of homelessness and into their own home.

What’s been the best and most challenging aspects of your job?

The best aspect of my role is providing homes for people who really need them. It is personally rewarding to purchase homes for people who live in temporary accommodation. I'm proud to say that I am helping to give individuals a new start in life.

Why is this work important to you?

This work is very important to me because I can see the massive impact it makes to people's lives. Everyone should have their own home and it is great that I get to purchase homes for people who really need them and who may never qualify to receive a social home.

How do you relax outside of work?

I'm into playing Gaelic Football and travelling.

What has been your proudest moment, so far, at Simon?

Completing my first purchase for a home for the charity was quite a momentous occasion. It was great to hear the news that one of our clients who had been in temporary accommodation for 5 years would be allocated the property. I felt quite proud at playing a part in this person's journey to independent living.

What advice would you give to people considering a similar career path?

I would highly recommend anyone considering moving from the business to the third sector to give it a go. You are provided with an opportunity to work with an amazing team who are immensely passionate about helping vulnerable people. It is rewarding to work for an organisation that makes a real difference to people's lives.

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