The 38,000-home housing association has appointed new building safety and asset directors

A2Dominion has announced two new appointments to its property services team, including a building safety director and an asset director.

A2Dominion directors

Source: A2Dominion

Tania Emery (left) will be A2Dominion’s new director of building safety and Conan McKinley has recently joined as its asset director.

A2Dominion has hired Tania Emery as director of building safety. In her new role, Emery will be responsible for building and fire safety, landlord health and safety, and mechanical and electrical service delivery.

She will work with A2Dominion colleagues to ensure all buildings are safe and compliant with the latest legislation.

Emery is currently health and safety director ‘for-profit’ housing provider Sage Homes, which is owned by asset manager Blackstone. Prior to this, she was head of health and safety compliance assurance at A2Dominion.

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Conan McKinley, formerly the director of assets and building safety at Warrington-based Your Housing Group, has now taken on the position of asset director at A2Dominion.

With 25 years’ experience in asset management within the social housing sector, he has also held positions at Home Group, North Star Housing Group, Gentoo, and believe housing.

McKinley will oversee strategic asset management, sustainability and property investment for A2Dominion. Asset acquisition sits with Simon Potts, director of land and planning. 

The London and South-east-based housing association launched a new corporate strategy last summer.

The strategy included “a major shake-up” of its executive management team, with permanent appointments of Tracey Barnes as chief finance officer, Kate Gascoigne as chief customer officer and Michael Reece as chief property officer.

In January, A2Dominion’s governance grading was downgraded by the Regulator of Social Housing to a non-compliant ‘G3’ rating. The regulator said at the time it lacked confidence in the effectiveness of A2Dominion’s risk management practices, and that it has failed to manage key risks effectively, which has resulted in some poor outcomes for tenants.

Additionally, the regulator said it was not satisfied with the adequacy of A2Dominion’s data and systems, which had led to poor-quality data and hindered the board’s oversight of the organisation.

In September 2023, A2Dominion posted a £12.8m deficit for the 2022/23 financial year, following write-downs and losses due to aborted developments.