New chief executive for Hastoe

A town for country swap gets the rural housing specialist its next boss.


Andrew Potter’s swapping town for country – leaving Lewisham Homes to be the boss at Hastoe Group.

Hastoe owns or manages over 7,500 homes across the south of rural England

 Potter, chief executive of Lewisham Homes since 2007 – managing 18,000 homes on behalf of the borough council – is going to be the Group’s new chief executive.

He will join Hastoe in April  following the retirement of current Chief Executive Sue Chalkley – who has also led the group since 2007.

Potter said: “I am so excited by this opportunity to join Hastoe.

“It is a truly unique organisation with a great sense of purpose and I am keen to build on Hastoe’s success in supporting rural communities by working with them to provide much-needed affordable rural homes.”

Ed Buscall, chair of Hastoe, said: “We are delighted to have secured such an experienced and well regarded Chief Executive.

“Hastoe is an ambitious organisation that is passionate about the delivery of quality affordable housing in rural England, and Andrew’s energy and enthusiasm means he is well equipped to deliver this.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sue Chalkley for being such a champion for rural housing over the past ten years.

“As Chief Executive, she has transformed Hastoe into an organisation known for its commitment to sustainability and tackling rural poverty.”

Current Hastoe Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “It has been a truly great privilege working for Hastoe and I am very proud to be able to retire from such an amazing organisation knowing that it is in capable hands.”