In June 2015, we welcomed Jason Barnard to the team as Area Manager for London and the South East. Since then, Jason has been getting to know the Guardians and property owners in his region as well as putting his local London knowledge to good use.
Don’t just take our word for it! We interviewed Jason earlier this week to find out how he plans to make London the centre for Guardian living in the UK.
Jason, tell us a little bit more about yourself.
I’m Jason Barnard, I’m 41 years old and I’ve been London and South East Area Manager for Ad Hoc since June 2015.
My background is in finance, working for high-street banks and lenders. In recent years I developed an interest in property and when I heard about the opportunity to work with Ad Hoc, I was instantly fascinated by the concept.
I spent several years in the Territorial Army as well as six months in Basra. Since leaving, I have maintained close relationships with my army colleagues, and by learning more about Guardianship I can see great potential for former service men and women to have access to affordable housing on leaving the armed forces.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking or mountain biking; a personal favourite is Snowdonia, because the views are stunning and when I scaled the mountain most recently the snow made it very picturesque.
So Jason, what are your plans for London?
Since joining the company in June we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for property in the centre of London, so that’s what we’re aiming to help resolve. By offering our Guardians affordable, central buildings we can help them live close to their work places and families.
What are the big areas of interest for you over the coming year?
Providing a service for communities, ensuring that we can bring as many of the 56,000 empty properties in London as possible back into use. I also want to work closely with the Territorial Army and raise awareness among former military personnel around the benefits of becoming a Guardian when leaving the armed forces.
What’s a day in the life of Jason Barnard like?
I oversee a team of 11 individuals, who are all responsible for different tasks and projects. On a daily basis we review properties, liaise with Guardians across London and the South East, attend to any maintenance required, liaise with property owners and look at new properties.
I spend a significant amount of my time out of the office visiting Guardians and learning more about their needs, as well as meeting potential clients who would like us to secure their properties.
What do you see for the future of Ad Hoc?
I see Ad Hoc continuing to be the No 1 choice for Guardians nationwide and setting the standards on what Guardians across the industry should expect from their providers.
We offer Guardians the most security by guaranteeing a four-week notice period and the ability to rehouse 80% of Guardians in another Ad Hoc property should the owner need their building back. In this way we are unrivalled, and part of our plan for 2016 is to safeguard the industry and raise standards across the Guardian providers. We want to introduce a level of care and due diligence that protects Guardians and owners alike.