David Howson

David is a qualified finance professional with substantial experience of providing advice and support on development investment appraisals, financial planning and financial management and reporting matters.


  • Development investment appraisals.
  • Development and regeneration options appraisals.
  • Bespoke financial modelling.
  • Planning financial viability assessments.
  • Finance and performance reporting.
  • Development assumptions benchmarking.
  • Development strategy.

About David

David has over 10 years of experience working in the housing sector, more recently working for a housing association where he was responsible for providing the finance business partnering service to the corporate and development teams. He is responsible for maintaining Altair’s development appraisal toolkits – Podplan – and has experience building complex development appraisal models to support major regeneration projects, undertaking options appraisals, benchmarking development appraisal assumptions and methodologies, and drafting development strategies.

Recent Altair Assignments

  • Benchmarking and challenging development assumptions and project acceptance criteria.
  • Reviewing development appraisal methodologies and models.
  • Building bespoke development appraisal models, including detailed ‘waterfall’ financing arrangements.
  • Supporting local authority, housing association and not-for-profit clients in the use of Altair’s in-house development appraisal tool – Podplan.
  • Drafting development / new growth strategies.
  • Local housing company business case development and review.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CPFA).
  • Housing and Care 21 – Corporate Finance Manager.
  • The Guinness Partnership – Senior Finance Analyst.
  • BBC Trust – Finance and Strategy Adviser.
  • Audit Commission – Audit Policy Manager.

Fun Facts

When he’s not working David enjoys running, cycling, walking his dog in the Shropshire Hills with his family, and watching (and trying to play) most kinds of sport!

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