Kate Curry - Trustee Role: TrusteeAppointed: 27/10/2015 Profession/Status:Area Manager, South Tyneside Homes Profile:Kate has worked in social housing for the last 24 years- beginning as a trainee housing officer in a local authority and working with a range of social housing providers in a variety of roles throughout her career. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has lived in Durham for the last 10 years. Kate is keen to help make a contribution to her local community using her professional skills. Kate has 3 school age children & has recently taken up running again. An interview with... Kate How long have you been a trustee for DASH and what caused you to become involved? I first became involved in 2015, I read about DASH in a newspaper article and jumped at the opportunity to become involved in a housing organisation based in my home town What does the DASH Management Committee do? They oversee the running of the organisation and provide direction and support for the paid staff, everyone involved brings a professional or personal interest in helping make a difference in Durham What is your role and what does it involve? My experience and contribution tends to be focussed around the housing management elements of the service, as well as experience of risk management, health and safety and general management. What do you like most about your role? My day job takes me out of Durham, I like the fact this is a Durham based charity & service- making a difference in my community. What are the most challenging parts of the role? Finding time to give it the time and attention it deserves What positives and challenges do you see for DASH in the current economic and political climate? The ever-decreasing funding streams that seem to be mirrored by the increasingly complex needs that customers have makes every day a challenge. Personally, I think the lack of real investment in social housing for a decade remains our biggest political challenge. On a positive note – DASH, as a local charity based organisation is able to provides a unique and person centred service in the Durham area.