Carpenter came to the social housing sector through a related industry, the building maintenance market. He was Group IT and Procurement Manager for Facilitas Group for three years having been Head of IT at engineering firm EC Harris and a project manager at Serco. His first housing association was the Notting Hill Housing Trust whom he was head of central services for over two years and joined Peabody in May 2012. His interest in social housing was triggered by spending a day with the responsive repairs team of Facilitas, who were working for a housing association.
"I went out with them and got a real sense of the provision of a decent place to live that made a real difference to families," he explains. "So when the Notting Hill role came up it felt like a good thing to do. It is a very real and friendly sector to work in."
Friendly it may be, but Carpenter is clear that the normal pressures of a CIO role exist at Peabody and that the association places high expectations on its leaders and technology. It is the outcome from profits (or surplus) that is different here and that outcome is something Carpenter enjoys being part of.
Away from the office his interests couldn't be more different: a love of Formula 1 led to the purchase of a Jaguar XKR four years ago and it's a little luxury he loves, when he's not gardening.
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