Southern Housing Group, one of southern England’s largest housing associations, has welcomed Alan Townshend as its Group Development Director Designate.
Alan has more than 25 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector, working with public and private companies and running his own consultancy firm.
Before joining the Group, Alan worked at Wandle Housing, initially as its Asset Investment Director before becoming its Interim Chief Executive Officer and overseeing the operational and strategic side of the business. His other roles include seven years at Circle Group as Group Regional Operations Director.
At Southern Housing Group, Alan’s priorities will be delivering the Board’s investment plan to build more new homes, overseeing joint venture projects and delivering a market rent strategy.
Group Chief Executive, Tom Dacey said: “Alan joins us with a solid track record of achievement in the social housing sector. I am sure he will make a significant contribution to the Group and we are delighted to welcome him on board.”
On joining the Group, Alan said: “I am delighted to have joined Southern Housing Group. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring that the business continues to thrive and achieve its social objectives.
“With current market conditions and reduction in grant funding, we have a different development future, which is both challenging and exciting, and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve.”
Alan will work alongside Dale Meredith, the current Group Development Director, to enhance his knowledge of the business before Dale retires later this year.