David O'Leary

David O’Leary

Policy Director, Home Builders Federation (HBF)

David represents HBF in policy discussions across Whitehall and beyond to ensure that the future policy environment is favourable to the industry. As well as responsibility for HBF's research, he has produced analysis and policy reports on a range of subjects, including the historic decline of SMEs in the housebuilding sector, the weakness of headline housebuilding statistics, the changing nature of housing supply, the economic benefits of increased housing output and various pre-election policy publications.


David joined HBF in 2013, initially as Deputy Director of External Affairs. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he worked for the Conservatives as an adviser to then Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP and subsequently the Shadow Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP. He has also advised council leaders in London on housing, finance reform and government relations.

HBF View March 2020 Graph 2

Moribund second hand market needs help before Help to Buy ends

March 4, 2020

The moribund second hand market will become increasingly important to housebuilders and government as Help to Buy is tapered away. HBF policy director David O’Leary examines the problem

HBF Viewpoint Feb 2020 Graph One

Changing attitudes and actions on environmental issues

Feb. 5, 2020

David O’Leary, policy director at HBF, looks at research undertaken ahead of last month’s Environment Summit on changing customer attitudes

Four new priorities to address the industry’s challenges

Aug. 22, 2019

HBF policy director David O’Leary looks at the result of HBF’s recent survey of stakeholder and public views of the industry

Lessons from Japan could be lost in translation

June 5, 2019

HBF policy director David O’Leary asks what can we learn from Japan’s housing market and its home building sector?

Great strides on diversity - but gender pay gap shows much to be done

May 1, 2019

HBF policy director David O’Leary looks at the latest round of mandatory gender pay gap

HBF Viewpoint March 2019 Graph 2

Stamp duty success hinders calls for reform

March 6, 2019

David O’Leary delves deep into recent stamp duty statistics and finds a tax that has successfully hit the government’s goals

HBF Viewpoint graph Feb 2019

The evolution of housing policy and politics

Feb. 6, 2019

David O’Leary, HBF policy director, looks at the history of housebuilding and politics

HBF Viewpoint Graph 1 Dec 2018

The most wonderful time of the year

Dec. 11, 2018

HBF policy director David O’Leary delves into the government’s recently released net housing supply statistics

HBF Viewpoint chart 1 JUne 2018

Political musical chairs reveals increasing importance of housing

June 5, 2018

HBF policy director David O’Leary argues that Sajid Javid’s promotion to home secretary and his replacement at MHCLG is another sign that housing has arrived as a pre-eminent political issue

Time for a positive government narrative on housing supply

May 2, 2018

HBF policy director David O’Leary argues that the government needs to be more positive about its successes with its policies on housing supply