New Head of Estates announced by Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadet’s Association for Yorkshire and The Humber (RFCA) has announced the appointment of its new Head of Estates.

Ed Bland, who previously worked for the Castle Howard Estate as its Head of Building Services, took up the RFCA post in June and is now charged with the maintenance and development of the Association’s property portfolio, which comprises 926 assets on 146 sites across the region.

Ed, who lives in York, has also spent a number of years in the Military as part of 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, after which he began to look at property as a potential career.

“I’d always wanted to work in property,” said Ed. “During my time in the Armed Forces I underwent some skills testing and my aspirations and my skills seemed to match up so I decided to go for it.

“I completed some work experience at Castle Howard and was offered a job there as a result. I love working with people – buildings don’t do anything without the influence of people and being able to project manage and see work come to fruition is enormously satisfying.”

After seeing the RFCA post advertised Ed decided to apply as he felt he had the requisite skills and experience. He also felt it would be a good opportunity to use his talents to put something back into the community.

He said: “I decided to put an application forward as I felt it would give me the chance to give something back, while working for a very well-respected organisation. It’s also giving me the chance to get ‘back to the floor’ to work with the client direct, making sure the MOD has everything it needs to operate effectively in this area.”

Col (Retd) Jason Wright, Chief Executive of the RFCA for Yorkshire and The Humber is looking forward to working with Ed and ensuring the Association’s property portfolio achieves its potential.

He said: “We’ve got a great estates team here at the RFCA and that team has been strengthened further now Ed has joined us. This is an exciting time for the RFCA as we create a more robust workforce and an optimised property portfolio to make sure the Reserve and Cadet Forces in Yorkshire and The Humber are set for success.”