There are four Lets Start Directors, three of whom have spent their whole careers working in the voluntary sector, and a large part of that time working to provide support to people with a wide range of needs. They have a huge amount of experience of identifying individual need and developing support plans to enable vulnerable people to access housing, healthcare, employment or training, thereby improving their wellbeing and quality of life.
Sue Ryland set up Lets Start in January 2012 to help vulnerable people, who are either on low pay or unemployed, to access good quality accommodation.
She worked for Colchester Quaker Housing Association (CQHA) for twelve years, an amazing organization providing supported accommodation across north east Essex. Sue managed supported housing projects in Witham, Braintree and Colchester, housing and supporting vulnerable people who had a wide variety of needs.
Working in partnership with the local authority, Sue developed temporary supported housing projects in Colchester, helping vulnerable people to access good quality accommodation, alongside appropriate specialist support. Helping tenants to move on into permanent accommodation with the skills to maintain their tenancy was the ultimate goal.
In 2003 Sue joined DISC, a large northern charity based in County Durham, as Operations Director with responsibility for their supported housing services. She successfully tendered for supported housing contracts across the whole of the north of England funded through various initiatives including Supporting People, Health, Department of Communities and Local Government, Crisis and Probation Trusts.
Sue has worked with all housing providers including private landlords, in order to enable vulnerable people to access accommodation. .
Charlie Ryland, the youngest Director of Lets Start studied Business Economics at Exeter University and joined the team at Witlet in 2007.
Witlet is a well established Estate and Letting Agency offering a range of property services throughout north east Essex, therefore Charlie has a great understanding of all aspects of sales and lettings, both commercial and residential.
He has much experience of Tenancy and Housing law and of providing a first class service to both landlords and tenants. Witlet works with many investors, helping them to build their portfolios and purchase properties, and then provides a comprehensive letting/property management service. Charlie is the Financial Director and brings all of this knowledge and experience to his role at Lets Start.