Bedford Citizens' Housing Association (BCHA) was formed in 1957 for the purpose of "housing elderly people of limited means". The first house was opened in 1958 and further houses opened at approximately one per year until 1964.

In 1963, it became evident that a number of tenants needed more care and arrangements were made to build a residential home to be called Bedford Charter House to house 48 people.  

In 1986 the Association took over Maydenbury Housing Association Limited acquiring eight further houses and a new purpose built Sheltered Housing scheme.

BCHA completed a £12 million re-development of the Kimbolton Road site in January 2017 including the new Bedford Charter House, which was completed in 2015 and Oak Way House. 


Marie Taylor

Chief Executive

Marie joined BCHA in 2017 following a long and interesting career at BPHA as Head of Supported & Retirement Housing. 

James Batchelor

Head of Care Services

James joined BCHA in 2015 with a wealth of knowledge of the care sector.

Edith Shah

Property & Housing Manager

Edith joined BCHA in 2019. She I has over twenty years operational experience in the Housing sector, having successfully developed and delivered major planned, reactive, cyclical and void maintenance services.​


Gareth Tindall

Business Support Manager

Gareth joined SMT in 2018 with previous experience in Housing & Local Government. CIPD qualified Gareth is responsible for all BCHA's HR & other projects.

Sandie Williams

Finance Manager

Sandie joined BCH in 2020, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with many years experience of leading finance functions and change management.

BCHA is run by a voluntary, non executive board consisting of local people skilled and experienced in the running of voluntary organisations and the housing and care of elderly people. The Board are supported by BCHA's Senior Management Team who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds in housing and care.

Bedford Citizens Housing Association

Bedford Charter House 

1B Kimbolton Road 


MK40 2PU

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©BCHA 2018 registered as an exempt charity under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (Reg. No. 14845R)

Registered with the Homes England (LH1649)