Aquila Services Group Chair

Derek Joseph (he/him)

Derek is Chair of Aquila Services Group plc the LSE quoted parent company of Altair. A long history in banking and affordable housing includes being finance director of a major housing association, founder and managing director of HACAS Group plc and after its absorption by Tribal plc its Executive Director of Treasury Services. As part of his current responsibilities Derek is helping Altair International with the legal and financial input to contracts in Africa and Asia.


Legal, administrative and funding structures, commercial property, market renting, investment funding and structuring.

About Derek

During his career Derek has worked with European Central Banks, the housing and economic strategies of emerging Eastern European economies, set up a number of housing finance vehicles and joint ventures as well as advising many UK housing associations, local authorities and government departments on housing and financing strategies. Other responsibilities have included being chair of Uk quoted mining and biotech companies. Derek is currently a non-executive director of an LSE main market quoted commercial property developer and a second stage funding Fintech software developer.

Derek has written or co-authored several books on housing finance, countless articles and was for several years, editor of Social Housing Magazine. Also, voluntary chair or director of a major housing charity, a homeless centre and a major theatre company.

Recent Altair Assignments

Recent projects that Derek has been involved in include:

  • Working with commercial companies to set up joint ventures with affordable housing groups
  • Advising on funding and investment policies of major charities
  • Working with major housing groups on future strategies
  • Leading on major contracts with governments, World Bank and other agencies to develop affordable and volume house building in Africa

Non-Executive Appointments

  • Altair Ltd – Chair
  • Tempus Wharf Freehold Ltd – Chair
  • Pioneer Theatres Ltd – Director
  • First Choice Estates Ltd – Director


HACAS Group plc – Co-founder and Managing Director

Tribal – Executive Director of Treasury Services

Homeless International – Voluntary Director


‘Report for the National Audit Office on the effectiveness of financial management in housing associations

Author / co-author of three books on the future financing of housing associations

Numerous research reports for government departments, regulating authorities, trade bodies and universities.

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