HACT recruits new Director of Innovation and Business Development


HACT, the housing sector think/do tank today announced the appointment of Jim Vine as its new Director of Innovation and Business Development.

Jim joins HACT from the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), where he is currently Head of Programme, UK Housing Policy and Practice.  He will take responsibility for leading HACT’s exciting innovation programme; developing HACT’s growing network of partners, drawn from across the housing sector and beyond; and building HACT’s internal research capacity, responding to increased interest in commissioned research on the future challenges facing housing providers.

Matt Leach, Chief Executive of HACT, said “This is a fantastic appointment for HACT.  Jim’s deep knowledge of housing and strong track record in applied research will enable us to further develop our exciting programme of research and innovation and strengthen HACT’s broader offer to housing providers.  At a time of massive changes in the external operating environment for housing providers, Jim’s appointment will increase HACT’s ability to build partnerships and provide the ideas and innovation the housing sector needs.”

Jim Vine said “"I am delighted to be joining HACT at this very exciting time. With contributions like its Community Insight service and cutting-edge research on valuing impacts HACT has already demonstrated an ability to deliver innovations that benefit housing providers and ultimately the communities they serve. I am excited by the prospect of helping to continue this innovation and the delivery of valuable tools for housing providers to use."

Jim Vine has led BSHF’s UK programme since 2007, prior to which he had worked predominantly in the private rented sector. In his role at BSHF he has given evidence to House of Commons Select Committees, chaired housing conferences in the UK, and addressed a conference at the United Nations in New York.  His recent publications (as co-author) include Building New Homes for Rent: Creating a tipping point, More Homes and Better Places: Solutions to address the scale of housing need, Support with Housing Costs: Developing a simplified and sustainable system, and The Future of Housing: Rethinking the UK housing system for the twenty-first century. Outside of work Jim has received several awards for his voluntary community work. He has an MSci degree in Physics, an MA in Housing Policy and Practice, and has recently completed an Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management.  He will join HACT at the start of June 2013.