Recently we informed you that our Aylesbury property management team have moved to provide a more cohesive approach to our clients. Heading this team is Derek Turney, relatively new to our company but highly experienced in his field. We wanted to find a bit more about Derek.
Becoming part of Alexander & Co was as much about a career move as a life choice. Derek has relocated several times over the last 12 years, each time a little further away from his office, and “this role is a lot closer to home and my family. I’ve got two little ones and I can now be there for them more than I could before.” Derek tells us.
"Head of Property Management roles don’t come up very often, so I was lucky. Alexander & Co has a positive outlook and I can see they really make a difference and impact in the market. I’m a problem-solver. I like resolving things – big and small, from broken boilers to dripping taps it is important to me that whatever the issue it is it gets resolved. I need to see a job through from start to finish and I want to be the one who’s really had an input in putting things right.
“Property is where I can problem-solve on a daily basis. I'm curious by nature and property feeds this curiosity, whether that’s online or by visiting a property we’re managing. I want to see what I can do to help improve the property or our service at every step of the way.
“As I mentioned, I have a young family so outside of work my life is focused on them, making sure they are safe and happy. They certainly keep me on my toes! I like rugby and although I don't get chance to play much anymore, I enjoy following England in the Six Nations and International competitions. My wife has even got more into rugby since we've been together, but I think that may be down to the players rather than the game itself!
“The Aylesbury Property Management Department look after around 900 managed properties and since we've moved things are working smoother as it's easy to have face-to-face conversations with the different teams in the office. The team and I are looking forward to delivering an excellent experience for all our landlords and tenants."