Housing, Education and Care

Our long-term commitment to developing social infrastructure is reflected in delivering market leading advice to providers of care, education and affordable housing.

75+

retained housing, education and care clients

£12.8bn

debt raised or restructured over the last 3 years

ESG

pioneering access to and innovations in sustainable finance

retained housing, education and care clients

debt raised or restructured over the last 3 years

pioneering access to and innovations in sustainable finance

Sustainable solutions for social infrastructure

Housing, Education and Care is our most established area of practice. Over the years, we’ve become the UK and Ireland’s leading corporate finance advisor to the affordable housing sector. We are at the forefront of innovation, formulating bespoke strategies and offering practical solutions such as debt raising, refinancing and M&A.

Looking forward, we will continue to innovate and promote finance with purpose as we move towards a more sustainable future.

 

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Affordable Housing:

Our reputation as the market leading advisor to housing associations and other organisations seeking to address the housing crisis reflects our passion and unwavering commitment to helping our clients deliver impact.

Care and Supported Housing:

We are closely involved in this area of social infrastructure, working to increase widespread access to high-quality care & support facilities.

Schools, Colleges and Universities:

We help educational institutions to access capital from the banking and institutional markets and manage financial risk to better invest in the future.

Student Accommodation:

We are attentive to the varied needs of the education sector, providing financial advice and structure for university housing projects.

Working closely with care homes and assisted living facilities

Centrus supports a range of organisations in the supported living, retirement and domiciliary care sectors. For example, in 2021 we arranged £1bn sustainability-linked funding for Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of retirement and residential care homes. We’re proud to have had such a pivotal role in helping tens of thousands of people in later life receive dignified specialist care.

Delivering efficiency for educational institutions

The education sector often faces challenges when accessing funding. Whether it involves treasury management, debt refinancing or raising capital in the banking or capital markets, Centrus helps clients manage risks and use their resources with the utmost efficiency.

our people

Meet our experts in Housing, Education and Care

Phil Jenkins

Managing Director and Centrus Financial Advisors Limited CEO
Phil is a founding partner of Centrus and draws upon more than 25 years of investment banking and...

Paul Stevens

Managing Director
Paul is a founder of Centrus with over 25 years of corporate banking experience gained with Lloyds...

John Tattersall

Managing Director
John is a highly skilled corporate finance professional drawing on over 15 years’ experience...

Lawrence Gill

Director
Lawrence is a financial modeller and advisor with experience across a wide variety of transactions...

Tom Miller

Assistant Director
Tom is an experienced Financial Modeller and Business Planning Analyst and is a member of the...

Akhil Shah

Assistant Director
Akhil is a financial modeller and advisor with experience in building bespoke models to support...

Clara Hurst

Senior Associate
Clara is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with extensive experience in both financial advisory and...

Thomas Archer

Assistant Director
Tom joined the Centrus Housing Team in 2022, having previously worked in TradeRisks’ capital...

Aharon Donaghy

Assistant Director
Aharon is a corporate finance professional with 10 years of corporate banking experience across...

Lorenzo Bono

Associate
Lorenzo is an Associate at Centrus, currently working across a range of transactions in the...

Ashra Royal

Associate
Ashra is an Associate in the Centrus Residential team. Prior to joining Centrus, Ashra spent three...

Ian Balfour-Church

Senior Associate
Ian is a Senior Associate in the Centrus Residential team with over 5 years of experience in the...

Jon Spearing

Director
Jon has over 16 years of experience working in social housing, the latter half as Director of...

Gleb Pilipenko

Senior Analyst
Gleb is a Senior Analyst in the Centrus Residential team. Prior to joining the team in 2023, Gleb...

Rachael Hickey

Associate
Rachael is an Associate in the Residential team. Prior to joining Centrus, she spent 4 years at...

Mithun Kathirgamanathan

Assistant Director
Mithun is an experienced financial modeller and previously led the Financial Modelling team at Sage...

Rajun Gill

Analyst
Prior to joining Centrus as an Analyst in the Residential team, Rajun undertook an accelerated...

Gowzeigan Gowrythasan

Analyst
Gowsi is an Analyst in the Centrus Analytics team, responsible for working with the treasury team...
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Our credentials

Centrus arranges new funding for Cottsway

11.06.2024 “This new funding is part a major re-finance programme for Cottsway which has allowed us to repay legacy debt and secures our corporate ambition to provide more homes in the communities we serve. We are delighted to have our new lenders alongside us and look forward to building a partnership for the future. We are also delighted to have been working with Centrus who have been a huge support.”

Richard Reynolds Chief Executive - Cottsway

Centrus provides stress testing evaluation for Heylo Housing

24.06.2024 “We recently appointed Centrus to undertake a stress testing evaluation for our regulatory vehicle.​

Not only did we find them extremely responsive and completing the work quickly, we found their level of commentary and feedback valuable and at a quality above that we had received in previous years from other providers”​

Jonathan Conway​ Director of Corporate Finance - Heylo Housing ​

Centrus enhances Capital Letters’ financial business plan model, providing Board reporting and assurance​

17.06.2024 “We are extremely pleased with the business planning and assurance work completed by Centrus. They leveraged their sector expertise to provide a comprehensive assessment of Capital Letters’ business plan, complete with stress testing, mitigation planning, and assurance on planning assumptions to leave us assured that our business can continue to grow on a strong foundation.​”

Sue Edmonds​ CEO - Capital Letters​

Centrus advises Welsh Housing Partnership 2 (WHP2) on a new £38m Private Placement and £30m Government Loan saving £2m per annum

12.06.2024 “We are grateful for the expertise and support of our advisors at Centrus and Devonshires whose market knowledge, investor relationships, and commitment to delivery have ensured we successfully navigate through a complex process and market. Centrus’ ability to be tenacious, focused and assist us with unblocking issues as they arose was critical to getting us over the line, whilst ensuring we had confidence in our decision-making.”

Simon Jones Chair - Welsh Housing Partnership 2 Ltd

Centrus advises Tai Tarian on raising £95m of new bank and capital markets funding 

14.05.2024 “When we commissioned this work, I hadn’t appreciated just how hands on Centrus would be on a day-to-day basis but I can now see that this is where the magic really happens and where the value is derived.  It is so much more than ensuring that we get the best rate. I am so grateful for Centrus advice, support, trouble shooting, arm twisting and solutionising throughout this process. We would not have achieved the outcomes without Centrus. In the context of these reflections the Board requested that we feedback their gratitude to the Centrus team.”

Nick Tagg Director of Finance – Tai Tarian 

Centrus arranges £75m sustainability-linked term facility for VIVID

16.04.2024 “This loan is the perfect complement to our existing debt portfolio sitting between short-term RCF funding and longer-term bond debt. The facility is tightly priced and reinforces stretching ESG targets for us to deliver sustainable housing. We continue to be pleased with the support from the team at Centrus, in particular the insights and expertise they bring in identifying funding partners capable of providing the flexibility, pricing and breadth of products we need to advance our growth and de-carbonisation journey.”

Jonathan Roberts Group Treasurer - VIVID

Jigsaw implements titanTreasury

02.04.2024 “The process of getting the detail of all our debt into titanTreasury was made as easy as possible for us.  The training we received was tailored to our requirements.”

Mark Wood Head of Treasury - Jigsaw

Centrus arranges two private placement shelf facilities totalling £150m for Anchor

26.02.2024 “These facilities will help us to continue to increase our provision of affordable and energy-efficient homes for people in later life. We anticipate ongoing strong demand as, with an ageing society, the need for such properties has never been greater.”

Amanda Holgate Chief Financial Officer - Anchor

Centrus restructures and arranges new funding for Jigsaw Homes

05.02.2024 “The report demonstrated an understanding of our financial and treasury landscape and while our treasury portfolio was already robust and well managed, Centrus broughta clear delivery pathway, which has allowed us to obtain the new facilities we needed while optimising our portfolio.”

Rosie Marsh Operations Director – Finance at Jigsaw Homes Group

Centrus arranges £30m private placement for Heart of Medway 

08.12.2023 “There’s a huge demand for affordable housing in Kent and this new private placement, a result of our long-term relationship with PIC, will help us continue to meet the needs of our local communities. We’re pleased to have worked again with PIC and Centrus to secure this funding which will allow us to build more affordable homes for people who desperately need them.”

Bruce Shelmerdine Group Finance Director - mhs homes group

Centrus advises Abri Group and Silva Homes on merger

11.10.2023 “The Centrus team provided real commercial insight and helped us make key decisions on structure and terms, supporting through some relatively complex covenant negotiations and financial close pricing exercises. They were proactive and very responsive, and great to work with on this deal. We look forward to working with Centrus in the future.”

Caroline Moore Chief Financial Officer - Abri Group

Sovereign Housing Association and Network Homes merge to form SNG

04.10.2023 “Centrus provided skilful support during the analysis, negotiation and completion stages of our engagement with a very diverse group of funders. The impressive team at Centrus, led by Lawrence Gill and Paul Stevens, were focused on achieving the challenging targets set by both organisations within very aspirational timelines, making productive use of their extensive relationships with funders.”

Peter Benz Chief Financial Officer - SNG 

Centrus advises V&F Homes on financing of affordable homes portfolio

04.09.2023 “Centrus tabled three prospective lenders, helped us select the best option and then guided both parties through the process in a professional and friendly manner”.

Charles Vaughan Director - V&F 

Centrus arranges £56m debt refinancing for Funding Affordable Homes

14.08.2023 “This refinancing is a significant milestone for FAH, more than halving our previous cost of debt and providing a stable base from which to raise and deploy equity. In a challenging financing market, Centrus’ deep market knowledge and advice were central to securing the new facility, which now enables us to move forward, focusing on delivering more, much needed affordable homes across the UK.”

Adrian D’Enrico Fund Manager - Funding Affordable Homes

Centrus arranges a £100m sustainability-linked RCF and £110m of private placement facilities for VIVID

04.08.2023 “We’re really excited to be developing new relationships with European and North American investors: ABN AMRO, Sun Life and Pacific Life. I am grateful for the support and advice from the team at Centrus in arranging these facilities”

Jonathan Roberts Group Treasurer - VIVID 

Centrus arranges £60m of new funding for Bernicia

02.05.2023 “We are delighted to have worked with Centrus on the arrangement of two new RCF facilities. The facilities will ensure that Bernicia’s strong levels of liquidity are maintained, with the removal of restrictive covenants and improved corporate controls supporting the modernisation of our treasury portfolio”

Janette Longstaff Executive Director, Finance - Bernicia

Centrus advises LHP on £30m ESG-linked RCF

14.04.23 “We are delighted to have worked with Centrus on the arrangement of the new RCF facility. The new facility as well as helping maintain our strong levels of liquidity, has helped facilitate the removal of restrictive covenants. This leaves LHP in a significantly stronger position to deliver our planned investment strategy and deliver better homes for our customers”

Kathryn Price Executive Director of Finance - LHP

Centrus advises Circle VHA on its first social housing development project

12.04.23 “Centrus were a great partner for us in this landmark project. They brought both financing and risk management solutions to the table and worked tirelessly to get the deal over the line, as well as a collaborative solution orientated approach to this project which was not without its challenges.”

Colin Creedon Finance Director - Circle VHA

Centrus arranges £70m private placement for University of Derby

01.03.23 “Centrus, and Mills & Reeve, provided outstanding support through the process, contributing to the successful outcome achieved. We are delighted our new borrowing arrangements link to our inclusion and equality commitments, given these commitments to the University’s strategic agenda.”

Craig Jones Chief Financial and Commercial Officer - University of Derby

Centrus arranges £50m Sustainability Linked RCF for University of London

27.02.23 “Centrus’ support has been invaluable, driving the best terms possible for UoL, providing assurance throughout the process, guiding us in a challenging market environment and helping us achieve this great outcome”

Rita Akushie Pro Vice-Chancellor Finance & Operations - University of London

Centrus advises mhs on £180m bank funding and £90m in new capital markets

20.02.23 ” With ongoing assurance and advice, Centrus has has allowed us to manage the challenging market environment and achieve these great outcomes”.

Bruce Shelmerdine, Finance Director, mhs homes group

Centrus arranges £100m funding for Caredig

10.02.23 “Centrus has supported us every step of the way, providing invaluable and tailored advice and assurance, with a flexible and dynamic approach. This approach ensured we achieved the best outcomes possible in a very challenging environment”

Cerys Gregory Director of Finance - Caredig

Centrus advises Gentoo on £460m restructure of its treasury portfolio

01.02.23 “We are delighted to have completed this complex project in what has been a challenging financial environment. The benefits of increased liquidity, modernised security arrangements and revamped covenants and corporate freedoms combine to increase Gentoo’s ability to deliver its corporate strategy.”

Peter Lenehan Executive Director of Finance – Gentoo

Centrus arranges £150m bank refinancing & £100m private placement for Silva

30.01.23 “Centrus has provided high quality support in arranging these deals. Their understanding of the market, strategic guidance and project support, has been key in helping us achieve such a strong outcome and position us for the future.”

John Andrew Finance Director - Silva Homes
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