Steve Douglas C.B.E.

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Steve Douglas is Co Chief Executive of Altair and parent company Aquila Services Group plc. He brings a wealth of experience gained from years of working in the housing sector. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in HM The Queen's 2019 Birthday Homours.

A well-known figure in the housing sector, Steve has years of experience including a range of senior regeneration and development positions and leading two other housing associations as Chief Executive (Spitalfields CHA and Asra Greater London). In his current role at Altair he works on projects as diverse as organisational governance and regulatory reviews to coaching and mentoring of senior executives. As Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation he was responsible for an £8.4bn three year budget to deliver 155,000 affordable homes and for regulating England’s 1,500 housing associations.

His commitment to housing and communities is well known within the housing sector and he has been a passionate advocate for creating a more diverse and accountable leadership within housing throughout his career.

He has held a number of senior regeneration and development positions, as well as being Chief Executive at two housing associations and the Housing Corporation. As Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation, Steve had responsibility for an £8.4 billion three-year budget to deliver 155,000 affordable homes and for regulating England’s 1,500 housing associations. In addition, he led on the creation of the national Affordable Homes Programme, and the introduction of private sector organisations delivering affordable homes.

Spitalfields CHA - Chief Executive
Asra Greater London HA - Chief Executive
The Housing Corporation - Chief Executive
Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University
Non-Executive Appointments
One Housing Group – Chair
Optivo Homes – Vice Chair until March 2018
Rich Mix Arts and Culture Foundation - Former Trustee
Commonweal Housing Charity - Trustee
Northern Housing Commission - Member
Non- Executive Director 3C-IT Consultancy to the affordable housing sector.

Steve died suddenly at his home on Sunday morning, 8 May 2022. The 57 year old left four children, his partner, as well as his mother, sister and wider family.

Steve joined St Mungo’s as Chief Executive on 1 July, 2020, and had a career spanning more than 25 years in the housing sector. He was a driving force for change within the charity and was a lead stakeholder in the formation of the Kerslake Commission designed to achieve long term benefits and policy change to support those experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.

Steve was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s honours list for services to housing and had been committed to driving positive change within the organisation and was particularly committed to diversity and inclusion improvements. Prior to joining St Mungo’s he was Group Chief Executive of Altair, a housing and regeneration consultancy group advising housing associations as well as central, regional and local government.



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