About us

The Housing Finance Network gets people talking about the real issues in a tough climate: value for money, costs, efficiencies, making savings, business planning and managing risk.

About us

It covers topics of interest such as capital funding, budgeting and finance strategy, self-financing, borrowing, business planning, corporate management matters and IT.

The Housing Finance Network is an essential resource for both finance experts (finance directors and managers) as well as non-finance people who have responsibility for budgets, financial planning, IT and business management.

Meet the team

Our dedicated team has a wealth of experience in the sector, and vast knowledge of the issues and practices.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith Simon Smith

Simon Smith has extensive financial and modelling experience within social housing. He has recently left his position as Finance Director for Octopus QSH where new affordable homes were being delivered without grant through private finance and equity.

Before this he was a highly-experienced consultant within social housing for over 15 years leading up to the position of Director for CIH consultancy financial division and is widely acknowledged as a local authority housing finance expert. He has spoken at national housing events and was involved in the implementation of HRA self-financing.

His past key assignments have included lead roles on large scale stock transfers, option appraisals for local authorities, provision of financial advice for the setting up of Local Housing Companies, mock in-depth assessments, development appraisals and business planning support for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations. He has experience of setting up organisations from scratch in terms of initial business plans, resource requirements and alternative management support options. At the last count, he has had consultancy assignments with over 100 local authorities and ALMOs within England and Wales.

Before becoming a consultant, he has a successful career within Local Government as a senior accountant and operations management role for two compulsory competitive tendering in-house housing organisations within London. Simon served on the board as chair of Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust and now is on the Housing Panel for the Council and formerly on the board of Stevenage Homes.