HCA seeks permanent chief executive
The Homes and Communities Agency is recruiting a permanent chief executive.
The government’s regeneration and investment quango, which oversees the £1.8 billion affordable homes programme, is currently led by interim chief executive Pat Ritchie.
Ms Ritchie took over from Sir Bob Kerslake who departed the agency in September 2010 to become permanent secretary at the Communities and Local Government department. He has since become head of the civil service.
The HCA has around 1,000 employees, an annual operating budget of £100 million and annual investment budget of £1.5 billion.
It is also the housing watchdog responsible for regulating the social housing sector.
The recruitment process is being handled by Odgers Berndtson.
An advert on the HCA website states that the chief executive salary will be £142,000 a year and that applicants should have experience of leading an organisation of a similar size to the HCA.
A spokesperson from the HCA said that the board had made the decision it was the right time to appoint a permanent chief executive because it was felt that the quango had a more certain future than it had previously.
He said: ‘When Pat Ritchie was appointed in November 2010 it was on an interim basis. At the time the HCA’s future was less certain. Since then we have carried out a restructure, have a clearly defined role from government and have started the affordable rent programme.
‘Now the board would like to appoint a permanent chief executive. We expect applications from high calibre individuals.’
Applications are due by 21 September and an appointment is not expected before October.