Appointment: December 2017
Alastair is the Director of Golden Lane Housing (GLH), a leading UK charity providing housing for over 1,700 people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Alastair has helped GLH to develop innovative new ways of enabling people with a learning disability to live and thrive as part of the mainstream community. This has included innovative financing mechanisms such as a number of bond issues which have raised over £30m now invested in buying and adapting much needed, high quality housing in the community for people with a learning disability.
Prior to this current role, Alastair led one of the largest regeneration programmes in the north of England as Director of the Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder. This involved developing and delivering new housing, renovating or demolishing sub-standard housing, providing major environmental improvements and establishing training schemes for local people.
Alastair’s background is in social housing organisations. He was Director of Development and Finance for First Choice Housing Oldham which had around 15,000 properties at the time. He led the establishment of this Arms Length Management Organisation having previously been Assistant Director of Housing for Oldham Council. Alastair has also worked in housing in a variety of housing and support roles in London and in Buckinghamshire.
Alastair has a degree, a Diploma in Management Studies, the Chartered Institute of Housing Professional Qualification and is a fellow of the RSA. He has two sons and has lived in Calderdale for the past 25 years.