The regional directors appointed this week by Homes and Communities Agency boss Sir Bob Kerslake come from a wide range of backgrounds, with local government and private development industry professionals joining established quangocrats. It’s a strong start for an agency with tough house building targets to hit.
Sir Bob will be able to harness the contacts, energy and tenacity of Taylor Wimpey’s Terry Fuller to help massage developers back into action. David Lunts, the London director, will provide a useful bridge between a Tory mayor and Labour ministers.
And the four council chiefs with senior roles at the agency, including Manchester Council’s director of housing, Deborah McLaughlin, will ensure it forges strong and useful links with local authorities. The HCA was in fact sold to ministers on the strength of it being a ‘one-stop shop’ to meet councils’ housing and regeneration needs. Sir Bob’s choice of lieutenants looks well-placed to make that wish a reality.