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National Housing Federation chief to step down

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The chief executive of the National Housing Federation has announced his retirement.

David Orr, who has held the role at the representative body for housing associations for 12 years, told staff in an email today he will step down in September.

Mr Orr said he felt the time was right for a change, adding there is a “fantastic opportunity” for a new leader as the NHF is now “more relevant and focused than ever before”.

He added: “The more time I have spent with you, the more I am convinced that the future success of housing associations is critical to the future success of this country.

“I am proud that I have played my part in securing this future over the course of my career, and especially during my time leading the Federation.”

Earlier this month, Mr Orr said the rebranding of the Department for Communities & Local Government as the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government was a welcome demonstration of the government’s committment to fixing the broken housing market.

“The government must ensure public land is used for housing and that private land is bought where it is needed to create new communities,” he added.

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