Like most organisations during the pandemic, DTL Creative took on new team members who we hadn’t met in real life.
We originally planned a team get-together in June, to meet the team without a screen between us. But as we all know, COVID has affected the best-laid plans. June was out, then August. We finally managed to meet at this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing annual conference; but Dave and I were keen to keep the get-together, maybe just morph it slightly.
So on Tuesday 5 October the team gathered in Cheadle to reflect on the past 18 months, and look to our future. Colleagues from the South East, Scotland, Northampton, Bristol, Bradford and even Gibraltar made the journey. Sadly we missed our founder, Dave Loudon due to an urgent appointment and our wonderful Executive Assistant, Mirna Jowett who was moving house.
Reflections and welcomes
Initially we reflected on the team’s achievements over the past 18 months. This included thanking and saying goodbye to Chris Milborrow. Chris headed up DTL Creative’s marketing and comms function and was instrumental in helping maintain our connection to #ukhousing through the worst of lockdown. Massive thanks to him (and I need a trip to Glasgow to try that whisky…)
As well as saying goodbye to Chris, we said hello to new marketing and communications manager, Kerry James. After that, we reviewed the team ‘pirate code’ and discussed ways of getting the best from each other.
We reviewed the pandemic’s impact on #ukhousing clients, and how our work together these past 18 months has helped mitigate some key pressures and issues around COVID – as well as feeding into wider digital transformation strategies.
We also discussed how recent news stories, such as damp and mould reports, have inspired sector creativity. More and more housing providers are exploring tech such the Internet of Things (IoT) and questioning how data can help spot and tackle key challenges. It’s an exciting time for #ukhousing and we look forward to supporting our incredible clients on the journey.
After some deep discussion head of data services, Dr Gaby Wolferink pulled out a couple of crates of her home brew. We enjoyed a taster session of delicious beer (I highly recommend the chocolate stout) and revisited our favourite lockdown quizzes before dinner.
Day two switched to future focus. We discussed our new data improvement services and upcoming projects with housing providers and partners. After that, it was time to capture ideas for supporting #ukhousing in the medium term.
With the Greater Manchester sun still shining, we departed cross-country; refreshed, invigorated (well, apart from the nightcap in the bar) and determined to make 2022 another successful year in the life of DTL Creative.