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.
Our news this week that East Thames, Hyde and L&Q plan to merge has created quite a stir. Most of it positive – the 100,000 new homes over ten years, the £250m investment into our Community Foundations, and truly innovative plans for our own Academy for residents and staff, have all inspired.
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 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.
This Sunday, as I always do, I went to visit my parents who still live in the home where I grew up. In the middle of a big council estate in Greenwich sits a mock Tudor three bedroom house surrounded by identical houses as far as the eye can see. But my childhood home stands out because it has the prettiest garden thanks to the efforts of my 79 year old Dad.