About First Wave Housing
Prior to the 30 September 2017, Brent Council had a management contract with Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) to provide housing management services. BHP was an arm’s length management organisation owned by the Council.
BHP owned properties in its own right. As a registered provider BHP had access to grant funding that enabled it to buy and build its own properties.
In October 2017, the Council made the decision to continue to own properties through a separate company but to re-name BHP as First Wave Housing Limited (FWH) and restructure the company. FWH now manages and owns the properties that were previously owned by BHP.
The FWH Board is made up of four directors and a Chair.
Martin Smith – Chair
Martin Smith has held senior posts with Redbridge Council and the Lea Valley Park Authority. He is also a former Chief Executive of both Tower Hamlets Council and Ealing Council.
Councillor George Crane – Director
Councillor Crane was a senior manager at Rolls Royce for 20 years. He is the former lead member of Environment at Brent Council as well as for Regeneration and Growth.
Gail Tolley – Director
Gail Tolley was a secondary school head teacher before moving into local government in 2004. She has held senior positions in London Borough of Camden and Milton Keynes Council. She is currently the Strategic Director of Children and Young People Service at Brent Council.
Peter Gadsdon – Director
Peter Gadsdon has held senior positions at both the London Borough of Lewisham and Redbridge Council. He is currently the Director of Performance, Policy and Partnership at Brent Council.
Akintoye Durowoju – Director
Akintoye Durowoju has 23 years of experience in the housing sector, the last 15 in Senior and Executive roles delivering affordable housing and regeneration across London, and East of England.
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