We respond to specific client’s needs by assembling appropriately experienced and resourced project teams from our network of consultants, all of whom have held senior roles in the housing and care sectors. This enables us to be flexible and adapt our service to fit each client’s requirements, while also minimising our overheads and offering excellent value for money when compared to other consultancy businesses.
All of our consultancy work is led by Ian Laight, who has over 40 years of experience in housing led development and funding, with the most recent 8 years being focussed on the development of various forms of accommodation with care and specialist care provision for dementia. Ian has held senior project, commercial and technical roles with major developers for multiple residential, care and mixed use developments, often on regeneration sites and delivered as joint ventures or public private partnerships, including the use of public land under development partner arrangements won in open competition.
Ian has visited over 100 accommodation with care schemes of differing types in the UK, US, Canada, Denmark and Sweden, gathering information on the development, funding, marketing and operating practices of various forms of provision for older people, as well as data on their design efficiency, catchments and occupancy rates.
In recent years he has written two major publications for the Housing Learning Improvement Network; A new lease for life: partnership opportunities for increasing capacity in extra care housing Housing LIN Viewpoint No.26 (sole author) (June 2012) and Funding Extra Care Housing: Housing LIN Technical Brief (co-author) (April 2013).
Ian's posts on LinkedIn have helped to prompt rethinking of current practices and discussions regarding how we might make more effective use of our resources:
Ian was a member of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Vulnerable and Older People’s Advisory Group between 2009 and 2013). Prior to that he was a District Councillor with North Wiltshire District Council from 1991 to 1994. These public roles have provided a solid understanding of both Local Authority and Central Government reporting and decision making processes, plus connections within Government departments, industry bodies involved in housing and care and providers in all sectors.
He has an Honours degree from the Open University, (Sociology, Politics and Economics), studied Estate Management at degree level and has several technical qualifications at undergraduate level. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
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