Russell Urwin C.Build E MCABE, DipSurv
Russell is Planned Investment Manager for The Gateshead Housing Company, with responsibility for Cyclical Maintenance, Gas Servicing and installations, Electrical Inspection and other compliance works delivered to housing stock managed on behalf of a number of social landlords.
Working with a committed team to ensure all aspects of statutory and safety inspections are conducted efficiently and effectively, Russell strives to increase performance monitoring and compliance auditing through linking key business systems and utilising latest technological advances; eliminating wasted time and resources at every opportunity. He encourages others to work smarter not harder by embracing better ways of working collaboratively and incorporating technology to meet their objectives.
A former IMBM member since 2006, Russell has been an active CABE member since the merger; he has held the role of Vice Chairman and now Chairman for 2 successive years.
Russell has worked extensively in the repairs and maintenance aspects of the industry for over 25 years, qualifying originally in Building Surveying in 1996; he has worked on a diverse range of construction types, schools and public buildings, specialised in finding repair solutions for non traditional buildings, before moving into a Senior Contract Surveying role in 2006 to drive the delivery of over 325 million pounds of housing improvements, taking the position of Partnership Manager in 2010 overseeing a number of large scale environmental improvement schemes. In 2011 he was chosen to lead on the implementation and delivery of a £60M repairs and maintenance partnering contract before being asked in 2015 to set up and manage a new compliance management and planned investment team.
Russell is passionate about training, both to advance the learning and skills of himself and his teams, as well as to ensure aspects of the work that he manages are delivered safely by the contractors who work on his behalf. He works hard to identify new areas of learning that make work an engaging activity and will grow the skills of those who are keen to develop themselves and embrace new challenges.
His aim as a Board Director of CABE is to assist where possible in building the brand of CABE, to broaden the membership and reach out to students and fellow professionals in the built environment to promote the knowledge, support and guidance that are available as a member of the association. Working alongside other agencies he hopes to make accessible the learning and career development opportunities necessary to ensure the growth of our industry.