Mike De'Ath


BA (Hons) Dip Arch

Mike is a Partner at HTA Design LLP, a design led multi disciplinary consultancy to the housing and regeneration sector. He was part of the successful MBO of HTA Ltd (formerly Hunt Thompson Associates) in April 2013.  He joined HTA in 1986, and was appointed to the Main Board in 2002.

He is responsible for corporate and housing sector relationships as well as engagement in the development of ideas and policy that influence housing and regeneration delivery.

His current focus is in exploring new models of financing housing, including institutional investment and pension funds and the opportunity for joint ventures with local authorities and others.

Mike chaired a Housing Forum enquiry into the future funding and delivery of low cost homes for social rent resulting in the publication 'Making a Place for Low Cost Housing'. He also champions the emerging Market Rent and 'Multifamily' development in the UK and promotes the virtues of offsite manufacture and modular approaches to supplement the delivery of the homes the country needs.

He has extensive experience of working to develop successful new build and regeneration solutions that maximise value for both the client and the end user and is responsible for the delivery of several major regeneration projects throughout the UK. He advises on schemes involving cross-subsidy and new funding models, where value generation is key to the programmes' success.

He has been involved in a range of community-based regeneration projects, including successful ballots for six estate transfers as well as major private/public partnerships. As well as delivery of great homes and places, he is keen to promote the notion of a wider approach to ensure economic and social regeneration opportunities for local people and is currently establishing new ways to promote this aim through ‘Beyond Boundaries’, a social mobility network.

Mike has been at the forefront in promoting the Housebuilding sector and was a facilitator for CABE and the OPDM's National Quality Forum. Mike also contributed to the Montague Review on Market Rent and, more recently to The Lyons Housing Review.

A passionate advocate for housing and regeneration, Mike is a regular blogger and conference speaker and contributor to debates on policy and delivery.

In his spare time he has completed over twenty years in non executive roles on housing association boards’ and is currently a Trustee of the Haringey Play Association (HarPA). He was elected to the board of the Housing Forum in March 2016 where he advocates for the delivery of great buildings and sustainable placemaking that transform environments and the lives of current and future communities.