Chief Executive's blog
A blog written by our Chief Executive, David Montague. Each month David reflects on events at L&Q and in the housing sector, and offers his opinions on current and future events.
About David Montague
David Montague has been chief executive of L&Q since February 2008. He has been with L&Q since 1989 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment.
David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and writes and lectures on social housing and business planning issues.
Last Friday I spent the morning with Gertrude, L&Q Caretaker at the first phase of our 2,400 home South Acton regeneration project in Ealing – a partnership between Ealing Council, Countryside and L&Q.
I recently met up with Anne Power, Economic guru, for a chat about housing. We meet a couple of times a year; she tells me off about housing associations losing sight of their social mission and I do my best to convince her that we are more committed than ever.
Fifteen years ago the Montague family bought a new kitchen. Out went the tired old oak monster installed by the family that lived here before us and in went a bright new shiny and modern Italian job, the best that B&Q had to offer.
I recently attended a breakfast presentation on attitudes to housing. Nationally the only things that people seem to care about, according to the polls, are immigration and the health service. Housing features at number ten on the list of things which affect the way people vote but it pales into insignificance compared with the big two.
At lunchtime today I popped out for a sandwich. On my way to the shops I met Beverley from reception. "What a glorious day" she said. And I had to agree. The sun was shining with barely a cloud in the sky. But outside the train station sat a man begging for food and a place to stay. It wasn't a glorious day for him.