We deliver with pride, professionalism and reliably in everything that we do
We are collaborative trusted professionals
We are passionate about making a positive difference to our community
Proud to be part of Stoke-on-Trent
We are dedicated to making a positive impact in our community
Unitas, the city council’s repair and maintenance company, carries out repairs and maintenance for more than 17,500 homes and approximately 600 public buildings across the city. We maintain and improve our stock through planned investment and efficient maintenance.
Unitas has a strong workforce of more than 450 employees delivering several services across all business areas, striving to provide our customers with the highest standards of service. We work with our tenants and partners to create a positive local impact and to bring improvements and opportunities for our communities.
To create a positive local impact and provide opportunities within the communities that we operate.
Our community is important to us
We are dedicated to offering continuous support through:
Our aim is to complete repairs in a timely manner
Estate improvements, special projects and fire safety
We value all feedback from our customers
We have six strategic priorities which are:
1. Understanding our asset base
2. Working with our customers
3. Enhancing the asset value through investment
4. Ensuring cost effective and efficient service delivery
5. Compliance with statutory obligations
6. Adding local social value
Meet our board
Simon is an accomplished Senior Executive Director with 30 years of international experience, primarily in the downstream oil and chemical sectors. Simon has a doctorate in Applied Chemistry and Mechanical and Production Engineering from De Montfort University, Leicester, and has also studied at Kellogg Business School in the USA.
With executive board experience in the UK, Ireland and Germany Simon has led the strategic and operational development of business from €40 million to $1.5 billion, leading diverse international teams of up to 400 people. During his career Simon has been responsible for the development of commercial, technical and marketing partnerships between some of the world’s biggest brands including Castrol, BP, BMW, Ford Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, Aston Martin and Triumph Motorcycles.
Simon was born in Birmingham and has lived in several UK and international locations through his career before moving to Stoke-on-Trent in 2014.
Councillor Edwards was in the transport industry for 29 years having started his own business at 19 years old.
He became a franchisee of FedEx UK operating out of Leek covering the Staffordshire Moorlands and the High Peak district of Derbyshire.
Councillor Edward’s patch was one of the smallest in the UK portfolio but the most profitable in % terms with a strong emphasis on excellent customer service and customer retention which translated into strong yields.
The business was sold to FedEx Inc. in March 2014 and he invested in a number of properties for private rental and student accommodation. Again, he took pride on providing excellent service and a warm welcome to his tenants especially the young people that came to North Staffordshire to carry out their studies.
He joined the council having been elected in May 2019 and was surprised and honoured to be asked to join the Cabinet by The Leader of The Council shortly afterwards. Councillor Edwards is still on a very steep learning curve but continues to enjoy the challenges the role presents. He hopes his previous experience makes a positive contribution to the residents of the City.
As a Staffordshire University Business Graduate, Cllr James Smith has worked for and managed various businesses, in a diverse portfolio of sectors including wholesale, retail, insurance and the supermarket sector.
For the last 8 years Cllr Smith has worked across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for the charity sector, representing national charities Shelter, and ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Whilst the charity sector is a highly competitive and the market saturated with equally important charities, Cllr Smith was able to build great rapports with the public to increase interest in the charities he managed and was able to increase donations and volunteers to the businesses he was involved with.
Through his charity work Cllr Smith became involved in local government, successfully petitioning the city council to reconsider a planning application that would have had a negative impact on small businesses in Tunstall High Street. In 2019, Cllr Smith was proudly elected as a Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor, representing the largest ward in the city, with over 15,000 residents, Baddeley, Milton and Norton.
Cllr Smith is also the Heritage Champion for Stoke-on-Trent and works with various stakeholders, including Heritage England, to protect and raise the profile of Stoke-on-Trent’s industrial heritage and believes that the city’s motto ‘VIS UNITA FORTIOR’ is more important than ever. By working with local communities and stakeholders, across the city, Cllr Smith states that we can continue to develop our city’s growth and our city’s heritage is key to doing this, not only as a chance to garner interest in our city, but also as symbols of pride in our industrious past and what can be achieved with the talent and hard work ethic that Stoke-on-Trent has to offer the world.
The early years of Nic’s career were founded in the construction industry, gaining a HND in construction and MCIOB in his early 20’s. Experience gained centred on social housing and private sector new build.
In 1980 Nic joined Manchester City Council managing the maintenance and programme works for 15000 properties. His local government experienced grew with roles at Wigan Council and Stockport Council.
In 2006 Nic became the Managing Director to the newly launched Solutions SK Ltd., a Stockport Council trading company delivering services including highways, street lighting, property maintenance, grounds maintenance, catering, cleaning, security and in 2007 waste and recycling services.
Taking retirement in 2013 Nic formed his own company supplying support and consultancy to local government working with APSE, Wakefield Council, Southend Council, Cheshire East Council – ANSA Ltd., Orbitas Ltd and TSS Ltd and Peterborough City Council. He also offer mentoring and coaching to senior managers and Boards. Nic is a Trustee for Stepping Stones Project, Rochdale, a charity supporting young people exiting the care service at 16.
Nic is delighted to have been appointed to the Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Ltd Board and look forward to helping the Board and Company thrive in the future.
Work for Unitas
Staff and teams at Unitas are experts within their field and offer a professional, supportive and responsive working environment.
Meet the Senior Leadership Team
Director of Unitas
Head of Planned, Mechanical & Electrical
Head of Repairs & Maintenance
Head of Finance
Head of Governance, Policy & Performance
Head of Asset Management & Investment