HCA appoints new chief executive
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.
Andy Rose, currently a partner at AgFe, has a commercial and financial background and over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on infrastructure finance.
Making the announcement, Robert Napier, chairman of the HCA, said: “I am delighted to have found someone of Andy’s background, with huge experience of both the public and private sectors, to undertake the critical role of leading the Agency on a permanent basis. Andy brings with him outstanding leadership skills and the Board and I were impressed by his vision for the HCA, as a key delivery agency for government.”
Mr Rose takes over from Pat Ritchie who stood down to take up the CEO role at Newcastle City Council.
Mr Rose said: “The HCA has an enviable reputation built on strong commercial, social and regulatory expertise, and above all a track record of delivery. It is clear that continued delivery in the sector depends on the ever closer integration of the public and private sectors, and with my experience of both I am extremely excited by the opportunity to lead the Agency into the future.”
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “I would like to congratulate Andy Rose on his appointment to the HCA. He brings with him a wealth of commercial experience that will prove vital as we pull out all the stops to get Britain building.
“I look forward to working with him to deliver our £19.5billion Affordable Homes programme, and our continued investment in unlocking stalled sites and building the homes and infrastructure this country needs.”
National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr commented: “It is critical that the HCA has a leader at the helm who understands the challenges the sector faces, as it plays a pivotal role in helping the country build more desperately needed homes.
“Andy Rose’s substantial experience in both the public and private sectors, particularly in attracting finance for long-term infrastructure projects, prepares him well for this role – and for a sector that has needed to adapt to drastic changes in recent years. We welcome Andy and look forward to working closely with him and his team.”
Mr Rose was previously chief executive of Infrastructure UK, the body within HM Treasury (HMT) which focused on producing a long term plan for UK infrastructure, where he was initially responsible for establishing and leading the Infrastructure Finance Unit, created to lend directly to infrastructure projects.
Richard Hill will continue as CEO and Accounting Officer on an interim basis until Mr Rose officially begins his role on April 15.