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London chief to head HCA

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Haringey LBC’s Nick Walkley has been appointed the new chief executive and accounting officer of the Homes and Communities Agency.

He has been chief executive of Haringey for the last four years having previously been chief executive of Barnet LBC.


Mr Walkley’s appointment follows a wide-ranging review of the HCA to help improve its efficiency and provide greater focus to its housebuilding work.

Number 45 in LGC’s list of the most influential people in local government, Mr Walkley has been chair of the Society of Metropolitan Chief Executives in addition to his day-to-day duties at Haringey.

In a statement Mr Walkley said he was “incredibly passionate about addressing the housing shortage”. He added: “We need to develop new partnerships and bring fresh ideas to the industry and local government to unlock increased housing supply and transform the market. I am excited by this opportunity to establish a new operating model for the HCA so we work flexibly with local places around the country to deliver the government’s ambition to increase housebuilding.”

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Nick’s experience of working with local authorities on housing and other regeneration projects will be invaluable in his new post. The HCA has a big role to play in driving forward the government’s housebuilding ambitions and creating a housing market which truly works for everyone.”

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