Head of housing to leave CLG
The top civil servant in charge of housing at the Communities and Local Government department has announced he is leaving.
Richard McCarthy is stepping down as director general for neighbourhoods to become executive director of Capita Symonds, a property and building services subsidiary of outsourcing group Capita.
When Mr McCarthy leaves in November, Andrew Campbell, currently director of strategy and performance will take on his responsibilities until a permanent replacement is found.
Mr MrCarthy has been at CLG since 2003. Before joining the department he was chief executive of Peabody Trust, and has worked at other housing associations including Horizon and Hyde.
In a message to CLG staff Mr McCarthy said: ‘I’ve had a fantastic eight years as director general at DCLG. It’s been an extraordinary period. However the opportunity to take on this new role, with the fresh challenges that it presents me, is too good to refuse.’
Permanent secretary Sir Bob Kerslake added: ‘I will be very sorry to see Richard go. He’s made a huge contribution to the work of the department over a long period, and has led on the introduction of major changes in housing, planning and regeneration, including two substantial parliamentary bills.’