Olu Olanrewaju

A chartered surveyor with an MBA and part of the Directors Programme at Cranfield Business School. Olu has a wealth of experience in both the provision of affordable housing and commercial housing development and management in the United Kingdom and across the globe.


Leading multi-disciplinary teams to undertake assessment of housing market value chain, institutions and the design and implementation of practical interventions to address identified gaps.

About Olu

During his career he has been Chief Executive of United HA based in Bristol, Managing Director of Midland Heart HA based in Birmingham, Executive Operations Director of East Thames HA, Managing Director of Genesis HA, and Executive Director at L&Q. These organisations range from those that have developed and managed around 1000 homes to nearly 100,000 homes in their portfolio. Olu is currently Chairman of Leadership 2025, a charity set up to increase the number of people of colour in leadership positions, Chairman of BLP a London based charity transforming young lives through entrepreneurship, and Atwood Housing Group, a private property group based in London. In recent past Olu has chaired several Housing companies including a G15 Housing Association. He is also a co-founder of a start-up affordable housing company providing climate smart affordable homes in Africa.

Recent Altair Assignments

Undertaking comprehensive housing market and developing business plan to set up a rental housing company in Rwanda for a major pan – African housing bank.

Leading project team to undertake housing market assessment and design corporate plan and capita structure for Africa’s most recent housing fund in Nigeria.

Design a new housing co lending mortgage product to provide homes for lower income households. Market assessment and feasibility studies for Africa’s first new build green city project in Rwanda.  Project leader for development of strategic options for housing bank in West Africa.


Co-authored a case study of ‘Change Management and Turnaround in an Affordable Housing Company in the UK.’ ‘5 Top Tips for Managing Mixed Tenure Estates’ CIH Magazine

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