Senior Management Team

Our Senior management is made up of four members:

Neil Litherland, Chief Executive

photo of Neil Litherland, Cheif Executive Neil was appointed as Chief Executive in February 2013, after acting as Interim Chief Executive at Lambeth Living for two years.

Neil has 28 years of experience in social housing. Born and bred in Manchester and graduating from its university with an economics degree, Neil started his career in Wigan. He picked up experience of front-line housing management as the district housing manager at Kirklees before moving to Bolton as its assistant director of housing management.

Neil moved to London in 1995 as the director of housing in Camden and left as the borough’s deputy chief executive and director of housing and adult social care. During his time at Camden Neil turned a failing housing service into one of the highest rated in the country and helped the council achieve the only ‘perfect score’ in the national CPA assessments of councils’ performance.

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Terry Gallagher, Director of Resources

photo of Terry Gallagher Terry took up the role of director of resources and deputy CEO of Lambeth Living in August of 2009.

This followed five years with Sheffield Homes, where Terry helped to successfully secure a three star rating from the Audit Commission.

His working life has been varied, having worked for the HM Treasury, where he trained as an accountant, in the nationalised rail sector (freight then telecoms); and also the defence businesses . After a year as a manager Terry took a gap year where he sampled work and life in Melbourne before returning to the UK and his first role in housing with Sheffield Homes.

Terry grew up in council housing in Glasgow and feels he benefited from the new housing provided to his family and was also a council tenant when he moved to London as a graduate. He is passionate that council tenants and ALMO customers deserve the best we can provide.

Terry is also the Deputy Chief Executive.

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Cedric Boston, Director of Housing Management

photo of Cedric Boston, Director of Hosuing management Cedric joined us as Director of Housing Management in August 2009.

Cedric went to Shoreditch Comprehensive School in the seventies before studying law and politics at Keele University where he graduated with a joint honours degree.

After university he was first a library assistant and then a trainee cook before going to Grays Inn to study to be a barrister. He was called to the bar in 1985 and had a brief spell in chambers as a pupil before starting his first job in housing as a housing renewal caseworker in the South East Tottenham Housing Renewal Area in Haringey.

His first managerial job was in the Camden Housing Aid Centre in 1987. In 1989 he managed the Housing Aid Centre in Greenwich, responsible for the private sector housing service, advising private tenants and assisting them to establish their rights, administering grants to owner occupiers and tackling homelessness.

In 1991 Cedric became the assistant director (housing needs) in Greenwich. He held this post for five years before becoming head of housing in Sandwell MBC in the West Midlands. Cedric modernised the service and greatly improved key service performance at Sandwell MBC, winning nine Chartermarks.

Cedric became Operations Director at Richmond Housing Partnership in 2000, a new company set up to receive Richmond Council housing stock in a large scale stock transfer. Cedric was responsible for services to 6,500 tenants, 1,900 leaseholders, and many more.

In 2007 Cedric moved to Ujima to become the Managing Director. Six months after Cedric’s appointment the company was in financial trouble. After both the Chief Executive and Finance Director were suspended, Cedric was appointed interim Chief Executive to work with the board to resolve Ujima’s major financial difficulties. Cedric then led the integration of Ujima into the London and Quadrant (L&Q) Group.

After a short break he went back into housing as interim assistant director of housing at Wandle Housing Association in July 2008.

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Ola Akinfe, Director of Property Management

photo of Ola Akinfe, Director of Property Management Ola joined us as Director of property services in April 2012. He has worked for more than 22 years in housing and local government, and was head of property services at Newham Council.

This is an exciting time for our Property Services as we make final preparations to deliver the Lambeth Housing Standard - a five year £450 million investment programme to improve residents' homes.

While working at Newham Council, Ola delivered their Asset Management Strategy, their decent homes programme and their maintenance service.

Prior to that Ola was the Executive Director of Asset Management at Homes for Haringey where he notably delivered decent homes and several community benefits for Haringey's residents.

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