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HCA names new head

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The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has replaced outbound chief executive Bob Kerslake with Pat Ritchie

Ritchie, who is the HCA’s current director for the north east, begins her new role on November 1, 2010, and will remain in post until a permanent appointment is made next year. She will take over from Bob Kerslake who moves to be permanent secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG).

HCA chairman Robert Napier said: ‘We were fortunate to be able to recruit from an extremely talented pool of existing directors and in doing so we considered a number of strong applicants.

‘In Pat we have the right person to lead the HCA. She has a strong track record of achievement, both in the North East and in leading change at a national level, as well as the respect of staff and the sector as a whole. Pat has the talent and skills to drive the Agency forward.’

Ritchie added: ‘I am excited to be leading the Agency at this crucial time. The job ahead will be extremely challenging as we reshape the HCA to support the Government’s commitment to localism and drive out the best possible value for public money. The HCA has an important long term role and a strong offer to make to local authorities to help deliver their ambitions.

‘Through our successful delivery we have demonstrated a culture of adaptability and a capacity for change, and as we approach the outcome of the spending review this characteristic will be key in effectively shaping our future. The HCA is made up of talented and committed staff and I am honoured to be at the helm.’

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