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 Board:

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 – Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services

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.


Key Policies

To find out more about First Wave Housing Limited and our policies, please read the documents below: