Published: 14th Sep 2011

Matt Leach has become skeptical of government’s ability to make a real impact on a local level. But the new boss of Hact is sold on the Big Society agenda and reckons housing providers should be at the heart of it. Clare Goff meets him ‘I’ve been on a journey that started in central government but which has gradually taken me closer and closer towards frontline delivery.’ Matt Leach is two and a half weeks into his new role as chief executive of housing action charity Hact when I meet him in his central London office. It’s late-August and he’s taking the opportunity of the slight lull in proceedings during the holiday period to reflect on a career that began at the heart of government – as private secretary to housing minister Nick Raynsford and as writer of the Queen’s Speech – and has seen him gradually move further out … (To read the full article, subscribe below)