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Rick Awdas

Estimator & Bid Writer

Rick Awdas has worked at Mila Window and Door Maintenance as Estimator & Bid Writer since 2016. His role covers Northern areas of the country, from Birmingham to Scotland offering support to new clients.

Rick Awdas's role at Mila Maintenance

Joining Mila in 2016, Rick has developed his territory with his strong knowledge and understanding of social housing and local authority contracts. Spending most of his career working for organisations in this sector, he has a good affiliation with the needs of clients and the housing sector.

“The experience I have gained working in the social housing arena has played a vital part in my job role at Mila – I have a good understanding of terminologies, practices and processes used by our clients, therefore enabling me to work with them – appreciating their needs.”

Rick’s career has allowed him to practise a range of experiences within the sector, such as; asset management, supply chain management, an appreciation of ‘Value-for-Money’ initiatives and chairing a ‘National Scrutiny Panel’ for a large housing association.

“I was fortunate to stand as Chairman for one of Riverside’s National Scrutiny Committees (NSC), an initiative set up to examine different areas of service for the association. Our group assisted service managers, by sharing our opinions, before projects were rolled out. This gained me a good understanding from a tenant’s perspective and an insight into how the associations develop polices for other areas.”

Albeit, Rick is not primarily from a window and door background, his commercial input to the business has been greatly received by his fellow colleagues, and with their support has aided him to develop his technical expertise.

“I have a strong commercial background, but lacked certain technical know-how when joining Mila. My work colleagues have been fantastic in supporting me to improve and develop quickly in this area of my role –I am very grateful.”

Outside of work

Rick, recently adopted Murray, a two-year-old, cross border terrier, who had been brought into the UK from Spain. “Unfortunately, his family were unable to keep Murray, so we took him in. I have been spending a lot of time walking and training him to like other dogs since his arrival. He is still quite young and very territorial.”

Rick also donates his time at a local football club – FC United of Manchester. The club is structured as a Community Benefit Society organisation, which means it is owned by its members – mainly made up of the local community. Anyone is welcome to a share of the club, allowed to vote on its future.

“In 2015, the club had a new 5000 seated stadium built, costing in the region of about £5/6m. This has given the club a great setting to play in the National Northern League. I have been involved with FC United in one capacity or another, since it was first set up in 2005. I currently, spend most of my weekends when the teams are at home, operating the public-address system at the grounds.”

“It was a fitting reward for the way the whole team thinks and works, we are always looking at ways we can do our job better, even if this means introducing completely new ideas, and at how these new ideas can help our clients and their residents”.

Tristan Cooke on Mila Maintenance winning the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards ‘Best Repairs and Maintenance Scheme’