Bob Kerslake has been appointed as the new chair of design-savvy, London-focused housing association Peabody
The former head of the civil service has a long history working within the built environment and has led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) since November 2010. He leaves the department at the end of next month (February).
Prior to that Kerslake forged a career as the first chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) where his duties included promoting new and affordable housing supply, supporting the regeneration of cities, towns and neighbourhoods, improving existing housing stock and advancing sustainability and good design.
Speaking about the appointment Kerslake said: ‘It is a privilege to be joining such a distinguished organisation as Peabody and to be part of ensuring its legacy lives on as the organisation evolves. I should like to pay tribute to the work of my predecessor, Chris Strickland, who has overseen a period of significant growth for the organisation.
‘I am fortunate to be joining Peabody at such an exciting time. Peabody has an ambitious programme of investment and regeneration in Thamesmead. And across the whole of London Peabody has a development pipeline of 8,000 new homes and aims to support 1,000 people a year to find employment.
‘I look forward to helping Peabody fulfil its mission to make London a city of opportunity for all.’
Announcing the appointment, Peabody’s chief executive and member of the board, Stephen Howlett, said: ‘Sir Bob has a wealth of experience and a commitment to affordable homes, great design, regeneration and community investment that will benefit Peabody and London in the years to come.
‘I would also like to thank our outgoing chair, Chris Strickland, for his commitment and dedication to Peabody, our residents and communities. Over the past five years as Chair, he has helped us to grow and develop, ensuring that we can provide more quality homes and services for Londoners.’
Founded in 1862 by American philanthropist and banker George Peabody, Peabody owns and managed 27,000 homes in London and provides affordable housing for over 80,000 people.
Kerslake replaces Christopher Strickland who was Peabody’s chair for five years before stepping down in December 2014.