About us

Homes for Lambeth (HfL) is a company wholly owned by Lambeth Council. We are building, for the council, strong and sustainable communities, delivering high-quality homes while also aiming to maximise the number of homes provided at genuinely affordable rents. We work with carefully selected architects and existing residents on the estates we are rebuilding, to create homes and communities that will thrive for many years to come. We are:

  • Building new, sustainable homes for local people, including current residents on estates we are rebuilding
  • Providing high-quality shared spaces to encourage a sense of community​
  • Reinvesting all surplus into building more new homes and supporting our communities​
  • Staying on as a landlord, maintaining a long-term relationship with our residents, and delivering a great service

Why we need to build more and better homes

The Housing Crisis that Lambeth faces is stark and severe. Approximately 28,000 people are now on Lambeth Council’s waiting list for social housing, 1,800 families are homeless and in temporary accommodation, including almost 5,000 children. Over 1,300 families in the borough live in severely overcrowded accommodation. Families living in the private rented sector in Lambeth face an average rent close to £1,500 per month, have little security, with short tenancies.

It’s for this reason that Lambeth Council has launched the biggest housebuilding programme for a generation. The council is committed to building at least 1,000 extra homes at council level rent and will help fund these homes by building hundreds of new homes for private renters in the borough. Homes for Lambeth has been set up as a wholly-owned council-owned company to deliver this ambitious and urgent programme of housebuilding so that we can build the homes we need to house the local community and keep Lambeth mixed and diverse.

Executive Team

Jitinder Takhar

Jitinder is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Homes for Lambeth. She has a wealth of Housing and Development experience and joined us from Local Space where she was Chief Executive for three years. Jitinder has a long history of working in partnerships with local authorities, as well as working closely with resident forums to drive up standards and satisfaction levels. She has been a member of the National Housing Federation (NHF) regional committee in the South West and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) London Board.

Melanie Hyland

Melanie is Finance Director at Homes for Lambeth. A recognised senior business leader, she has a wealth of knowledge and key skills within all functions of finance. Melanie is experienced in the production of award-winning annual reports, strategic planning and modelling, people management and mentoring, Investor Relations and corporate structuring. Melanie has overseen projects and financial development in all sizes of organisations, from AIM-listed companies to start-ups. She has knowledge of HR, IT and corporate governance as well as extensive experience with complex structures, accounting and obtaining funding.

Jason Emile

Jason is the Director of Development at Homes for Lambeth and leads the Development and Construction teams. He is responsible for managing sites right through from pre-development to the delivery of quality homes. Before joining Homes for Lambeth, Jason was at Berkeley Homes where he spent five years in a number of roles, including Head of Technical and Development Director working on prestigious developments including Goodman’s Fields and Trent Park.

Paul Simpson

Paul is the Interim Director of Operations for Homes for Lambeth. He leads our team that looks after HfL Homes and residents engagement with current residents and neighbours of the estates we are rebuilding. He has over 20 years of experience working in engagement, communications and technology, and on creating customer-facing systems. Paul is a keen cyclist who, despite his love for all things digital, loves his pens, notebook and books.

The Board

Richard Reynolds (Chair of HFL Group)

Richard Reynolds is Group Chair of Homes for Lambeth, Chair of Meridian Home Start and Weald Property Developments and also a Patron of Discover, the Children’s Discovery Centre in Stratford. Previously, Richard chaired Redrow Homes London, Orbit Homes 2020, Aldwyck Housing Group, Sage Housing Ltd and was Vice-Chair of a London NHS Hospital Trust. He was also a Non-Executive Director at Pinnacle PSG, Breyer Group Plc, Guinness Developments, Guinness Homes, Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and CityWest Homes.

Stewart Davenport (Chair of HFL Build)

Stewart sits as a Non-Executive Director on the Homes for Lambeth Group Board and is Chair of the Homes for Lambeth Build Board. He is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Development and Investment Committee for One Housing and also Non-Executive Director and trustee of Tara Developments a housing, civil engineering and groundwork’s company. He has an extensive background in housing, having worked at affordable housing specialists Lovell Partnerships for 21 years. He retired as Managing Director in 2017.

Richard Stevens (Chair of HFL Homes)

Richard is a Non-Executive Director on the Homes for Lambeth Group Board and Chairs the Homes for Lambeth Homes Board. He is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career as a partner, specialising in audit and assurance. He has held non-executive roles in the social housing sector since 2005 (Family Mosaic) and currently sits on the boards of Charlton Triangle Homes (Peabody Group), Local Space and Saxon Weald.

Wendy Stokes (Chair of HFL Living)

Wendy is a Non-Executive Director at Homes for Lambeth, sitting on the Homes for Lambeth Group and Build boards and as the Chair of Homes for Lambeth Living. She has led and advised on a number of local authority housing projects, recently on a large-scale mixed-use regeneration project and on setting up Ealing’s council-owned development company, Broadway Living, then acting as interim Managing Director.

Sara Waller

Sara leads jointly with Eleanor Purser on enabling growth and development, new housing, securing inward investment and creating economic sustainability across the borough, ensuring that Lambeth residents have the skills and opportunities to succeed and thrive. In previous roles, Sara has specialised in the delivery of complex property and infrastructure projects, in housing, regeneration and education. She has acted as a strategic advisor to many public sector bodies and she was formerly Head of Regeneration for Southwark Council. Her experience includes working for both the public and the private sectors, in the UK and internationally.

Alison Muir

Alison Muir is Non- Executive Director at Homes for Lambeth, sitting on the Homes for Lambeth Board. She has significant experience in the housing sector and is Director of Resident Services at Peabody. Alison is a member of the London Fuel Partnership which advises and supports the Mayor of London on Fuel Poverty. She also currently sits on the board of Gateway Housing Association, chairs the G15 Housing Directors group and has had several articles published in various housing sector journals.

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