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HCA boss leaves to head up Newcastle council

Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Pat Ritchie is stepping down to take up a role as head of Newcastle City Council

Ritchie said: ‘I have enjoyed leading the HCA for the last two years and I will be sorry to leave.  However I am thrilled to be returning to the North East. It is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the city in which I’ve spent much of my working career.

‘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.’

She is set to leave the HCA at the end of January, having held the post at the affordable housing delivery agency since November 2010, reported sister title Construction News.

Ritchie was previously HCA director for the North East, establishing a new team there and leading delivery of the Scotswood area development in Newcastle. She has also worked with Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils in a variety of economic development and regeneration roles.

The news comes as the government is set to announce an expanded new role for the Agency in the autumn statement, where it is expected that the body will gain oversight of the disposal of departmental land.

HCA Chairman Robert Napier said: ‘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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