The g15 group of London’s largest housing associations has today appointed a new Chair as the sector enters one of the most challenging and important periods in its history.
David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, takes over from Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive of Family Mosaic, who has stepped down after two years’ service in the role.
The g15 has worked closely with central, regional and local government, with private and voluntary partners, and with residents to improve the quality of life for Londoners during a time of major change.
This work has involved forging relationships with key decision-makers to ensure ongoing dialogue about the recent Budget proposals, welfare changes, Right to Buy and regulation.
David will continue to position the g15 group as a positive voice for housing, with clear and consistent messages about how the capital’s housing crisis can be tackled.
David said: “Firstly, I want to thank Brendan for all his excellent work as Chair of g15 during a period of unprecedented change for the sector. He has helped us develop a united and compelling narrative about how we can respond to the unique tests and opportunities that we face in London.
“I will be taking on this role as a positive voice for housing in London. This is still an extremely challenging time for our sector, but I will be working with a dynamic, innovative group who are all looking to the future as well as building on the past.
“While some things will change, our central commitments remain the same. Between us we will continue to provide homes for over one in ten Londoners, build more than a quarter of new homes across the capital, and help tackle the capital’s housing crisis head on.”
David joined L&Q in 1989 and served as Group Director of Finance before being appointed Group Chief Executive in February 2008. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Board member of the National Housing Federation. He also writes and lectures on social housing and business planning issues.