Former PM housing adviser joins HCA board

Four new appointments have been made to the Homes and Communities Agency’s Board.

Richard Blakeway is one of four new faces to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) board.

With his previous roles including special housing adviser to David Cameron and deputy mayor for housing, he comes with a wealth of experience.

Stephen Bell, Cllr Simon Dudley and Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE also join the board.

The HCA, which has been subject to various government proposals recently, have made the appointments to “ensure it carries out its functions effectively and meets its targets.”

The new appointments follow the recent departures of Kevin Parry and Ian Robertson.

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “This is an important period for the Homes and Communities Agency as it plays a key role in delivering the homes this country needs. The agency will be vital for boosting housebuilding and speeding up the delivery of new homes so that everyone can benefit from having somewhere safe and secure to live.

“These appointments will bring new skills, knowledge and considerable experience that will be of real benefit to the HCA’s board.”

Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency board, Sir Edward Lister said: “I am delighted to welcome these four new board members, who all bring a wealth of experience and expertise that will help our organisation to increase the scale and pace of delivery, and promote new approaches to housebuilding.

“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes to departing board members and offer my sincere thanks for their hard work and support over the past few years. Their work at the HCA has made a real difference to places across the country and hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from better homes and job opportunities.”

About the new board members:

  • Stephen Bell. He will be chairing the HCA Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. He has substantial experience of the banking sector having worked as Group Chief Risk Officer and Board Director for Ulster Bank and Wellesley Group.
  • Cllr Simon Dudley. He is currently Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as well as Lead Member for Housing. He also has a strong commercial background having previously worked as Executive Director of Global Capital Markets at Arcapita Ltd and Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets Limited.
  • Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE. She is leader of the London Borough of Bexley where she has been a Councillor since 1998. In addition, she is Vice Chair and Conservative Group Leader on London Councils and a member of several London advisory boards. She also has a background in the financial services sector having worked for Merrill Lynch International.

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