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John retired as Chief Executive of the Association in January 2018 after 20 years in charge. In that time John had implemented a strong improvement and investment programme in our current stock ensuring that we continued to provide high quality, energy efficient homes for all our tenants. John was committed to the communities in which we served and worked tirelessly to increase growth in the areas where we had the most presence and could have the most positive impact.
In 2011, John presided over the successful merger with Wilberforce Housing Association which ultimately led to KCHA acquiring 60 sheltered accommodation homes in Wimbledon and Raynes Park. John allocated significant funds to modernising the Schemes and making sure all the existing residents were welcomed and included in the KCHA family.
John was a very charismatic leader and encouraged regular staff meetings and social events in order to reinforce the family feel of the association and to create trust between all employees. This saw a low turnover of dedicated staff and consultants during his tenure. John always encouraged employees to further their professional careers and ringfenced a budget for anyone wanting to study to become a chartered member of the Institute for Housing (CIH).
John himself was a details man and an academic, sailing through Grammar School and eventually graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford with a BA and Msc. All of this, along with a wickedly great sense of humour, made him the perfect guest or keynote speaker at any event.
In his personal life John was a very popular and social person. He regularly participated in charity quizzes, enjoyed horse racing events and every summer he would attend a number of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. John also loved to dance, and when he was not dancing he and his partner Leigh would find themselves on the strictly come dancing guest list more often than not. John’s biggest passion however was music, he had an eclectic taste in contemporary artists and was a true connoisseur of classical music. An accomplished pianist himself, following his retirement John purchased a beautiful piano with which to study and practice again.
John leaves behind his longstanding partner Leigh, and beloved daughter Hattie, along with his many friends and family.
Kingston Churches would not be in such a strong and financially independent position without the hard work and leadership shown during his time with the association.
To John Castelberg, our Chief Executive (Emeritus), Thank you for everything and may you rest in peace with Jimi, Sibelius and all the other greats.
Kingston Churches Housing Association, Meadway House, 17/21 Brighton Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 5LR
Registered with the Homes and Communities Agency – No L0891. Member of the National Housing Federation