The chief executive of Homes England, Nick Walkley, has announced that he will step down from his role after nearly four years leading the government’s housing delivery body.
Mr Walkley will officially leave at the end of February, with Homes England’s current chief investment officer Gordon More acting as interim chief executive, with the support of chief financial officer Lynda McMullan.
Mr Walkley joined Homes England predecessor organisation the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in March 2017 before it was relaunched in February 2018 as part of a move to divide the regulatory and delivery functions of the previous agency.
During his time at the organisation, Mr Walkley oversaw the launch of its strategic partnership programme, which has resulted in £1.7bn of funding for housing association partners to build new homes.
Commenting on his decision, Mr Walkley said: “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and I’d like to thank my colleagues and our many industry partners for their dedication and support. My successor will find an organisation brimming with talent, purpose and heart. Homes England is well-positioned to support the country’s economic recovery and I wish my colleagues the very best.”
Peter Freeman, chair of Homes England, added: “On behalf of the board and colleagues, I would like to thank Nick for his outstanding leadership in building a dynamic, commercial delivery agency. The country faces some crucial choices about how we emerge from the pandemic and Homes England stands ready to support the government in stimulating economic recovery and increasing housing supply.”