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HCA chief quits for council post

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

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The chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Pat Ritchie, will quit her post in January to become the new CEO of Newcastle City Council (NCC).

Ritchie, who has run the HCA for the last two years, said she was sorry to leave and had enjoyed her time at the Agency. "I am very proud of the strong organisation the HCA has become. It has been a period of change and challenge at the HCA and across the sector; however the Agency now has a clear direction and a vital role in delivering the Government’s housing, land and growth ambitions."

The new appointment is subject to ratification by the council.  

NCC's leader, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “I am delighted that Pat is joining us. She is a high profile national figure with an unrivalled track record for delivering the kind of economic regeneration, jobs and new homes that Newcastle needs.

“There was strong competition for the vacancy, and the appointment of such an outstanding candidate is a clear signal that Newcastle has an enviable reputation as a city with a positive future.

“Pat knows the North East well, and her previous experience at the council, One NorthEast and the HCA will prepare her well for this challenging role.

“Pat will provide the strong managerial leadership and vision that the council needs as it comes to terms with the most difficult budget challenge it has ever faced. I know that she has the qualities we need to guide the council and the city through the tough times ahead."

HCA Chairman, Robert Napier, added: “I would like to congratulate Pat on her new role at Newcastle City Council, it is an excellent opportunity for her and I wish her all the best.

“Pat has built a strong Agency with a clear remit from Government and a track record for delivery. I had hoped to retain Pat in the role of HCA chief executive, however the Board and I will now continue with the process to recruit a permanent chief executive as quickly as possible.”

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