Pat Ritchie is to become chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, replacing Sir Bob Kerslake, the new permanent secretary at DCLG.
Currently the HCA’s director for the North-East, Ms Ritchie will lead the agency through a period of change including development of its role as a smaller, enabling and investment organisation.
She takes up her new role on 1 November and will remain in post until a permanent appointment is made next year.
She said: “The job ahead will be extremely challenging as we reshape the HCA to support the Government’s commitment to localism and drive out the best possible value for public money. The HCA has an important long term role and a strong offer to make to local authorities to help deliver their ambitions.”
Chairman Robert Napier said: “We were fortunate to be able to recruit from an extremely talented pool of existing directors and in doing so we considered a number of strong applicants.
“She has a strong track record of achievement, both in the North-East and in leading change at a national level, as well as the respect of staff and the sector as a whole. Pat has the talent and skills to drive the Agency forward.”