CEO Alan Townshend on pace, collaboration and his aim of lasting community legacies

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Alan Townshend, CEO of Southern Housing Group, has over 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector, working with both public and private companies and running his own consultancy firm.

Here, Alan talks to Senior Consultant, Rosie Gunn, about the scale and pace of the management challenge, from securing PPE equipment to how the pandemic has fast forwarded longer term strategies. He singles out the benefits brought about through effective collaboration and partnership working between the housing sector, local authorities and government. Above all, he hopes that the bonds developed between staff, residents and whole communities will be a lasting legacy of this challenging period.