Haringey chief takes helm at HCA

Haringey Council chief Nick Walkley has been appointed as the Homes & Communities Agency's (HCA) new chief executive and accounting officer.

Walkley has been chief executive of Haringey for the past four years, having previously been chief executive of Barnet Council.

He is credited with leading a major transformation of Haringey, restructuring the authority, streamlining management arrangements and stabilising high-risk services. Under his leadership, the council has attracted £1bn of funding into the large-scale regeneration of Tottenham, using a joint venture to maximise assets and deliver homes and growth.

His appointment was announced by the HCA's chair, Sir Edward Lister.

"I am delighted to have found someone with Nick’s impressive leadership track record and passion for transforming housing delivery,” he said.

"He is experienced in commercial partnerships, highly innovate and has a strong reputation for delivery. I look forward to him joining the HCA to ensure we lead the government’s drive to increase the scale and pace of delivery and promote new approaches to housebuilding."

Local government secretary Sajid Javid added: "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."

Walkley said: "I am incredibly passionate about addressing the housing shortage to give more people the opportunity to have a home of their own. 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."