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New HCA interim chair to step up from New Year’s Day

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) board member Kevin Parry will step up to the role of interim chair in the midst of the government’s extensive housing reforms, communities secretary Greg Clark MP has announced.

Parry will lead the board from New Year’s Day after the current chair, Robert Napier, steps down at the end of the month.

He is currently a serving board member but holds several other non-executive roles, including being a senior independent director at asset management company Intermediate Capital Group and audit committee chairman at savings firm Standard Life.

Commenting on his appointment, Parry said it was a privilege to chair the Agency “at this crucial time”, noting that the Spending Review’s outcome “clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to transforming housing supply and home ownership”.

Clark added to that: “The HCA has a big role to play in driving forward housebuilding and Kevin’s experience of being a board member will be invaluable in his new role. He brings significant commercial experience and I’m delighted he is taking on this position.

“Robert Napier has provided strong leadership in this time as chairman which can be seen in the way the HCA regularly meets the objectives of government. I’d like to thank Robert for his hard work over the years and wish him well in the future.”

As well as funding new affordable houses and businesses premises in England, the HCA also regulates social housing providers. Some of its registered bodies have recently been brought into the public sector alongside housing associations.

It has recently started working with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council in the conversion of a custom-build site at Park Prewett that it bought from the Highways Agency last year.


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