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Homes and Communities Agency gets new Chair

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced Sir Edward Lister as the new chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency.

He replaces Interim Chair Kevin Parry and will take up his role in July after the Communities and Local Government Select Committee confirmed his appointment.

The Homes and Communities Agency is responsible for supporting and enabling places to deliver their housing and regeneration needs and helping to drive local economic growth.

For the last five years, Sir Edward has been London’s Deputy Mayor for policy and planning and chief of staff at the Greater London Authority (GLA). There he was responsible for increasing public land disposals and developing new finance models to support long-term investment in London’s infrastructure.

Before his appointment at the GLA, Sir Edward was Leader of Wandsworth council for almost 20 years.

Sir Edward Lister said: “I am excited to be joining the Homes and Communities Agency at this time to drive forward delivery of the most ambitious programme for housing in decades.

“I look forward to helping to build the capability of the Agency to deliver thousands of new homes across the country and meet people’s aspirations for owning their own home.”

Communities Secretary Greg Clark commented: “The government is determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream.

“The HCA has a big role to play in driving up housing; Sir Edward’s experience and leadership that he brings to the HCA will ensure it is delivering the homes our nation needs.”


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