7 May 2019

We caught up with Brogan Cooper-Wilby, a Sales Officer and an Affordable Home Ownership Conference 2019 delegate, ahead of the event.

What’s your role and how long have you been working in the housing sector?

I am currently a Sales Officer (New Homes) for Newlon Housing Trust, specialising in both sales and marketing. I’ve worked in housing for six years now, since I was 18, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

Why did you decide to attend AHO 2019?

It’s an event I didn’t want to miss because it encapsulates my role all in one conference, covering affordable home ownership from a construction, sales and marketing perspective. There is a great line-up of speakers and I think the agenda will give me a lot of points to take away and learn from.

What are the top three things you are hoping to gain by attending the event?

I want to gain a greater understanding of how Brexit will – and has – changed the housing sector and the London property market. We constantly see change and development in the sector but I’m interested to hear from others about their views on how much of this is down to our current political climate.

I also want to learn more about the much anticipated new shared ownership brand launch. I know this has been in the pipeline for a while now, so I’m excited to see the finished look of the campaign and what it can mean for starting the conversation about shared ownership outside of the sector, on a national scale.

Finally, I look forward to networking with other providers and sharing best practice. We all have different ways of working but essentially are all working for the same result: to help people get on the housing ladder in excellent quality, affordable homes. I’m looking forward to hearing how others do this and their customers experiences.

Who or what has inspired you recently?

Jacinda Ardern. In the recent months she has shown what real leadership looks like in the face of awful events. She’s demonstrated fast action, care and unity and, I feel, set an example for what power should mean and look like.

And finally… if you could invite any three people to meet you at the heart of the concrete jungle, who would they be and why?

James Timpson, CEO of Timpson Group. He shows that working in a multi-agency approach – in his case, recruiting with the Prison Reform Trust – can have excellent results. By investing time and care into something he’s passionate about, he has a team of dedicated colleagues that care about customer service.

Michelle Obama. Not sure I need to say much more as to why! I recently read her book and again, she is a clear example of someone who is business-minded but also works to make a hugely positive influence for society.

The third person is actually someone who already works in the sector, and is amazing at it. My manager in my first sales role was so important in teaching me how to get the basics of shared ownership right and how to go from there. She taught me what best practice is and the difference it makes to customers. Thank you Jo!

You’ll meet Brogan and 250 other affordable home ownership professionals at AHO 2019.

Brogan Cooper-Wilby, Sales & Marketing Officer at Newlon Housing Trust

We're all working for the same result: to help people get on the housing ladder in excellent quality, affordable homes