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Ex-Infrastructure UK chief takes over at HCA

The former chief executive of Infrastructure UK Andy Rose has been appointed as the permanent chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

Rose will take up the post on 15 April, overseeing national housing and regeneration delivery for England.

While at Infrastructure UK, Mr Rose was tasked with leading the body’s Infrastructure Finance Unit, created to lend directly to infrastructure projects.

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.”

Rose also served as an executive board member of Partnerships UK, a body owned by both the public and private sectors, where he helped deliver major infrastructure projects sponsored by the public sector.

HCA chairman Richard Napier 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.”

Rose will take over from temporary boss Richard Hill, who had been overseeing the HCA on an interim basis. Mr Hill will return to his role as deputy chief executive and executive director of programmes.

There’s a real chance of private sector experience being at the heart of the HCA

Commentating on the appointment, Keith Jenkins, managing partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood said: ‘It’s good to see there is a real chance of private sector experience being at the heart of the HCA decision making.

‘With the economic difficulties facing the housing sector it will be great if there is a start in using the HCA’s assets and capabilities to achieve things, rather than just protecting them.”

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