Senior figures from across local authorities, government bodies and the house-building industry have been appointed to run the government’s new Homes and Communities Agency.
The HCA has appointed three new corporate directors. They are Eamonn Boylan, the deputy chief executive (regeneration) of Manchester City Council, who will be in charge of new ventures and partnerships; Trevor Beattie, English Partnerships’ director of corporate strategy, who will run policy, strategy, performance and research; and Richard Hill, the Housing Corporation’s director of investment, who will handle investment and renewal.
Nine regional directors have also been appointed including Terry Fuller, managing director of major projects and affordable housing at Taylor Wimpey, who will run the east of England.
Pat Ritchie, assistant chief executive of One Northeast, will cover the north east, Deborah McLaughlin, director of housing at Manchester City Council, will be in charge of the north west, and David Curtis, director of development at Sheffield City Council, will become regional director of Yorkshire and Humber.
Margaret Allen, field director of the Housing Corporation, will be in charge of the East Midlands and Paul Spooner, the north west and West Midlands director for English Partnerships, will run the West Midlands.
English Partnerships’ regional director of southern England, David Edwards, will become the HCA’s regional director for the south east and Colim Molton, executive director of operations and development for the south west regional development agency will be regional director fo the south east.
In London, David Lunts, the Greater London Authority’s executive director of policy and partnerships, will become regional director. His role will also include delivering Boris Johnson’s target of building 50,000 affordable homes in the capital by 2011.
‘The HCA has been structured to act as a bridge between national targets and local ambitions,’ said Sir Bob Kerslake, the HCA’s chief executive designate.
‘Bringing together the best from the public and private sectors will enable the agency to provide direction and expertise from a national and regional perspective.'
The directors will take up their posts on December 1 this year.