HACT CEO to join Local Trust


Matt Leach, CEO of housing ideas and innovation agency HACT has announced his departure from the organisation to join £200m community development funder Local Trust.  HACT have confirmed that he will be replaced by his deputy, Andrew van Doorn.

Announcing his departure, Matt Leach said:

“The last five years at HACT have been amongst the most exciting and enjoyable in my career.  Housing is a fantastic sector, full of great people and almost limitless potential.   It has been a privilege to lead HACT at a time when the sector’s commitment to exploring new ideas and delivering genuine innovation has never been higher. “

Gavin Cansfield, CEO of NHH and Chair of HACT, said:

“Over the last five years Matt has overseen the transformation of HACT, turning it from a conventional charitable funder into an ideas factory for UK housing.  HACT’s work on data, social value, health and digital transformation have broken new ground and its research and development work is widely respected and gaining growing attention across housing and beyond.   I’ve enjoyed working with Matt hugely and wish him the best for the future.  I’m delighted that organisation now stands poised - under Andrew’s leadership - to make an even bigger contribution to defining the future of our sector during 2017. ”

Andrew van Doorn said:

“Housing is facing bigger challenges now than at any time since the birth of the modern sector.  The need for new ideas and innovation has never been greater.  Over the next 3-4 years housing providers will need to radically rethink their business and seize new opportunities if they are to continue to deliver on their core social missions.  I am determined that HACT should be at the heart of enabling and defining what will be a transformed sector.”

Andrew van Doorn will take over as CEO at the turn of the year.


Editors note

HACT is UK housing’s ideas and innovation agency.  Originally founded in 1960 as a funding agency for the new generation of independent, not for profit social housing providers emerging out of the Cathy Come Home era, HACT was relaunched in 2012 as a not-for-profit ideas and innovation agency for UK social housing.   www.hact.org.uk

HACT’s board includes directors and chief executives from a range of the most forward thinking housing providers in the UK, including Orbit, Poplar HARCA, Riverside, North Herts Homes, Trafford Housing Trust, Halton Housing Trust, Genesis and Local Space.

Local Trust was established in 2011 to distribute a £220m endowment from Big Lottery to support 150 communities in England to make their areas even better places to live over a 15 year period ending in 2026.  It provides a mix of funding and finance to support people to make sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources.  Local Trust also and works closely with those communities to help them develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future.  www.localtrust.org.uk