Associate director of financial consultancy
Glenn Smith CPFA joined CIH consultancy in 2016 as the associate director leading on financial consultancy. He has specialised in housing finance since 1989, and has experience of working with local authorities and housing associations – both as an employee and as a consultant. Glenn has written articles on HRA business planning, which were published by the Guardian Housing Network.
As a housing finance specialist Glenn works on and leads a wide range of projects. He has contributed to the development of business plans at numerous social landlords, and is adept at presenting complex financial information to a non-financial audience, using an evidence-based approach. Under the HRA subsidy regime he developed financial models that analysed the impact on different authorities, and he has prepared financial models and processes that assist with the de-pooling of service charges. Glenn has also developed tools that analyse the financial contribution made by different types of property. He advised the States of Jersey throughout their successful housing transformation programme, which involved a complex assessment of options based on the OGC five cases model, and has recently advised two estate management boards on their prospective applications under the right to transfer.
Glenn is responsible for all aspects of business planning, financial management and financial policy. In particular he leads on developing, updating and maintaining the CIH HRA business plan model that is used widely among local authorities in England. Glenn takes a collaborative approach to his work, and places emphasis on establishing sound working relationships. He is currently working closely with HouseMark on the implementation and servicing of the PlanForm business plan benchmarking tool.
Our financial consultancy services include:
- Supplying and maintaining the CIH HRA business plan model
- Helping authorities to prepare and update their HRA business plans
- Providing quality assurance as a “critical friend”, and helping landlords to identify, understand and mitigate potential risks emerging from their plans
- Modelling of rents and service charges
- Undertaking option appraisals for changes to service delivery
- Pre-feasibility assessments of prospective development schemes
- Researching and exploring alternative financial policy options