Steve Douglas


Strategy and Change and Recruitment & Interim Management and Organisational Excellence lead, specialises in organisational change management, leadership and strategic advice, affordable housing.


Steve is Co Chief Executive of Altair and parent company Aquila Services Group plc. He brings a wealth of experience gained from years of working in the housing sector. He has held a number of senior regeneration and development positions, as well as being Chief Executive at two housing associations and the Housing Corporation. As Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation, Steve had responsibility for an £8.4 billion three-year budget to deliver 155,000 affordable homes and for regulating England’s 1,500 housing associations. In addition, he led on the creation of the national Affordable Homes Programme, and the introduction of private sector organisations delivering affordable homes.

Altair Assignments

Recent projects that Steve has been involved in include:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and demerger strategies for a range of housing organisations
  • Major organisational reviews across the country
  • Leading regulatory reviews and investigations
  • Mediation, coaching and mentoring
  • Board and Senior management business planning and horizon scanning
  • New Business and diversification reviews for public and private sector organisations
  • Recruitment of a number of senior executive and non-executive directors in housing associations and ALMOs
  • Housing Management Options reviews for local authorities and ALMOs leading sector influencing research projects


Spitalfields CHA - Chief Executive
Asra Greater London HA - Chief Executive
The Housing Corporation - Chief Executive
Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University

Non-Executive Appointments

One Housing Group – Chair
Optivo Homes – Vice Chair until March 2018
Rich Mix Arts and Culture Foundation - Former Trustee
Commonweal Housing Charity - Trustee
Northern Housing Commission - Member
Non- Executive Director 3C-IT Consultancy to the affordable housing sector.

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