A catch up with Darren Hartley

Posted: 21st February 2024 Darren Hartley, Director

In this article, we catch up with Darren Hartley, a recently appointed Director at Altair working within our Governance team.  

As one of the newest members of the team at Altair, tell us about your background and experience so far: 

I have worked in the social housing sector for over 20 years. Since 2016, I have juggled Associate work for Altair alongside being the CEO of tenant charity TAROE Trust. In my previous years, I have been fortunate to have been appointed to some national panels and working groups, which has given me the privileged position of being able to shape the news regulatory regime for England.  

What attracted you most to join the Altair team? 

What originally attracted me to work for Altair was that, having worked as an Associate, I respected several key individuals within the organisation and I knew that they were well respected for the quality of work they produced.  

I don’t really feel like I’m joining a new employer since I’ve worked alongside the organisation for many years, but as my other work commitments reduced, I felt it was the obvious choice for me to take on this role. Altair has been a great company to work with, and I’ve developed some strong relationships within the organisation, so now I feel that I can participate with the team even more.  

What areas are you most excited about working in over the next year? 

This is an easy one. The next year will see the launch of proactive consumer regulation. It’s a bit of a watershed moment for the sector and I’ve been heavily involved in looking to shape this over the last few years. I’m looking forward to supporting clients to understand and adapt to the new regulatory regime from a governance perspective.  

What expertise do you bring that you think will be of most value to your role at Altair, and what skills are you hoping to develop? 

The role requires an in-depth understanding of good governance practice. I originally studied and worked as a lawyer, which has been useful. I’ve also worked as a Company Secretary and had various senior housing roles, therefore, I have had to pick up a bit of knowledge across all sorts of areas beyond governance such as; Strategic planning, policy, risk management, new business development, mergers and acquisitions.  

I have spent the past 7 years as CEO of a tenant charity, lobbying for change in consumer regulation and participating in many influential groups, so this has given me some helpful political insights. I’ve also been working with universities to develop evidence-based research, something we need more of in the housing sector.  

I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the individual clients I’ll be looking to support over the coming years and developing strong relationships.  

How do you like to spend your free time? What do you do on weekends? 

Free time, what’s that?  

Well, as a husband and dad of two young children, they like to keep me busy.  

Beyond that, I’m into various sports, especially running and mountain biking. I do a lot of ultra running. I like a lot of the really hard stuff, the more hills and bogs the better. I quite enjoy the multi-day races and have twice completed the legendary Dragon’s Back Race.

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