The Academy is sorry to learn that one of its Fellows, Dr Alan Holmans CBE FAcSS (pictured left), died, peacefully, on the 27th March 2015 at the age of eighty. Alan was particularly well known by both academics and practitioners as the economic statistician who provided the projections of housing demand and need which support subsidy and land allocation decisions with respect to new housing supply. This was however only a small part of a very distinguished career – both in the civil service and as an academic – mainly in the context of housing policy.
Alan was an Oxford man, doing both his first degree and his PhD there before going to the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in political economy. Soon however he joined the Treasury and then the Ministry of Housing for a thirty year civil service career, ending as Chief Housing Economist on his 60th birthday in 1994. He then moved on swiftly to a second twenty-year career at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge – and was still working with them a week before he died.
Many working in the housing field have benefitted from his analytic skills, his encyclopaedic knowledge not only of statistics but of economics, policy and finance and his head for detail. He was a man of complete integrity with an unbounding commitment to true evidence, always willing to support and encourage colleagues, especially younger researchers. We will miss him greatly.
With thanks to Professor Christine Whitehead FAcSS, Professor of Housing at the London School of Economics and Political Science, for assistance with this notice.
A longer obituary is available at http://www.cchpr.landecon.cam.ac.uk/news/Alan-Holmans