Altair news

Altair news

It continues to be busy in the world of housing and regeneration, and this is also the case for Altair folk. We have now worked with over 175 clients and the range of clients and our services continue to grow.

We are working with a number of associations who are reviewing their governance structures to ensure they are fit for purpose for the more demanding responsibilities on boards. It is business plan review time. Our BRIXX accredited team are now advising local authorities and housing associations on financial modelling, stress-testing financial assumptions and reviewing financial capacity for development; the latter to support a number of organisations, including private sector companies, who are bidding for HCA or GLA funding.

As well as recruitment, we are also providing more high-quality interim candidates to the sector, particularly those specialising in finance, governance, development and housing management. We also have some highly experienced interims who are currently available for new assignments, all supported by the team at Altair. Members of the team also find themselves in demand as industry advisers. Late last year Susan Kane was a guest speaker at the NHF South West Finance Conference; Judy Wayne chaired a joint seminar with Devonshires, ‘learning from problem cases’ in Cardiff; and Fiona Underwood chaired the NHF Audit Committee Conference.

This year, Fiona has already spoken at the recent NHF Board Members’ Conference on the shape of boards; Steve Douglas is chair of the Judging Panel for Inside Housing’s top 50 Affordable Housing schemes; and Chris Wood will be judge at the prestigious National Housing Awards in November, as well as being an adviser to the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

With an emphasis on quality and experience, we are delighted that Patrick Harkness has joined us as an Associate Director, specialising in stakeholder engagement, stakeholder perception management, and facilitation of diverse groups. He joins a small but vastly experienced pool of Associate Directors, including Helen Cope (socio-economic) and Colin Woods (local authority stock transfers) who are sector experts in their fields. See to find out more about the whole team.

Our commitment to growing and supporting skills and talent in the sector continues, with the second year of our successful cross-sector mentoring programme with Midland Heart Housing Group. We will be continuing our own graduate programme, established last year with Warwick University, by recruiting one or two graduate trainees to work across the business, including our human resources and organisational development activities.

Client feedback suggests that we are providing a service that adds value; see what some of our recent clients have to say about us We welcome all feedback, even when we’ve not quite got things right. So do stay in touch and let us know how we may be able to help you.

Steve Douglas, Partner at Altair. Steve can be contacted on 07810-152840 and