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GLA chief Mayer to head up housing watchdog

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Greater London Authority chief executive Anthony Mayer has resigned to head the government's new social housing tenants watchdog.

The Department for Communities & Local Government announced today that 62 year old Mr Mayer has been appointed chairman of the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords (OTSL). He will take up his new post in the summer.

OTSL was set up by former housing minister Yvette Cooper, replacing the regulatory role of the Housing Corporation - which is being disbanded. The corporation’s investment work will pass to the new Homes and Communities Agency.

Johnson wants 'smooth transition'

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "I'm delighted that he has agreed not to leave his post until September so that we can learn from his great experience and insight to ensure a smooth transition.

“I'm also pleased that he has offered to be available on a consultancy basis beyond the autumn. Anthony has had an impressive career in local and central government and will no doubt continue to make his mark in pastures new".

Mr Mayer said: "I am extremely proud to have served as chief executive since the early days of the GLA and to have been part of the success of London government during the last eight years. The time is now right for me to move on to new challenges.

"I wish the new mayor Boris Johnson and his team all the best for the coming four years. I have agreed with the mayor to remain in post for the time being to continue to help the new mayoralty."

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