Andrew Heywood is a consultant specialising in housing and mortgage markets, regulation, governance and European issues with significant clients in the housing and mortgage sectors. He is editor of the journal Housing Finance International (HFI) since August 2010 and a visiting fellow of the Smith Institute, an influential UK think tank.
In his former role as Deputy Head of Policy at the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Andrew had specific responsibility for lending for social and affordable housing, for low-cost home ownership (LCHO) products and for the private rental sector. Andrew led CML work on European issues, focussing particularly on mortgage and consumer credit regulation. He also co-ordinated the CML position on UK consumer credit issues. He has unrivalled contacts with lenders, politicians and officials in bodies including HM Treasury, Communities and Local Government, the Homes and Communities Agency, the Tenant Services Authority and the UK and European Parliaments.
Immediately before joining the CML, Andrew was Chief Executive of Legal Action Group, a charity campaigning for access to justice, where he led a change programme. He has also held senior positions at the College of Law and the Law Society of England and Wales.
Andrew is a board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Chelmer Housing Partnership, a UK housing association with a significant development programme. He was until recently a member of the Governing Body of BRE Global, a developer of certification standards for construction.
Andrew has published widely on a range of housing and mortgage finance matters and speaks frequently at events for the Chartered Institute of Housing, National Housing Federation and others. He is also a keen jazz saxophonist and leads his own quintet Afinado (www.afinado.co.uk).
The editor of the HFI will be pleased to consider suggestions for articles, reviews and other material for inclusion in HFI from readers and potential contributors form anywhere in the world. Over the coming months he will be particularly keen to receive material from the Middle East. Readers and contributors are more than welcome to email him or to telephone to discuss their ideas.
Telephone: (+44) 073 02 18 / 079 29 51 20 57