David Howson

David is a qualified finance professional with substantial experience of providing advice and support on development investment appraisals, financial planning and financial management and reporting matters.


Development investment appraisal, options appraisal, financial modelling, development financial viability assessment, finance and performance reporting.

About David

David has several years of experience working in the housing sector, more recently working for a housing association where he was responsible for providing the finance business partnering service to the corporate and development teams. He is responsible for maintaining Altair’s development appraisal toolkits – Podplan – and has experience building complex financial models to support major regeneration projects, undertaking options appraisals, benchmarking development appraisal assumptions and methodologies, and writing development strategies

Recent Altair Assignments

Recent projects that David has been involved in include:
• Benchmarking and challenging development assumptions and project acceptance criteria
• Reviewing development appraisal methodologies and model
• Building bespoke development financial models
• Setting up Altair’s in-house development appraisal tool (podplan) for local authority and housing association clients


Housing and Care 21 – Corporate Finance Manager
The Guinness Partnership – Senior Finance Analyst
BBC Trust – Finance and Strategy Adviser
Audit Commission – Audit Policy Manager

Fun Facts

When he’s not working David enjoys running, cycling, walking his dog in the Shropshire Hills with his family, and watching (and trying to play) most kinds of sport!

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