Homes England chief executive departs

Nick Walkley

Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley is to leave the agency next month, after two years.

Walkley joined what was then called the Homes and Communities Agency as chief executive in March 2017.

In February 2018, the HCA was relaunched as Homes England with a mandate to support the government’s ambitions to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

During Nick Walkley’s tenure, Homes England developed a partnership with Japanese modular builder Sekisui, as well as agreeing a total of £1.7bn of strategic partnerships with multiple housing associations.

Gordon More, the agency’s chief investment officer, will act as interim CEO, supported by Lynda McMullan, chief financial officer, and an executive team drawn from the public and private sectors.

In a statement, Walkley said: “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and I’d like to thank my colleagues and our many industry partners for their dedication and support. My successor will find an organisation brimming with talent, purpose and heart. Homes England is well-positioned to support the country’s economic recovery and I wish my colleagues the very best.”

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