Sir Edward Lister resigns as Homes England chair

Sir Edward Lister has resigned from his role as chairman of the Homes England board.

Lister has informed the secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick MP of his decision to step down, with the intention to “focus on his new role as prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser”, says Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley.

Walkley continues: “I [can] confirm Sir Edward Lister has informed the secretary of state for housing, Robert Jenrick MP that he is stepping down.

“I would like to thank him for his huge contribution to the agency, particularly during a period that has seen us expand rapidly.”

Homes England Board member and senior independent director Simon Dudley adds: “Sir Lister leaves a remarkable legacy, including making the case for a new Homes England that promises to disrupt the housing market to deliver the homes this country needs.

“Sir Lister has worked tirelessly to ensure Homes England has the expertise it needs, helping to double the number of staff in just 18 months, and by strengthening its board to make it more resilient and diverse.

“We are all incredibly grateful of the support Sir Lister has given Homes England and its partners over the past three years and I am honoured to continue to stand in whilst we look to recruit a new Homes England chair.”

Homes England was launched at the start of 2018 by the then housing secretary, Sajid Javid. At the back end of last year, it published its five-year strategic plan, which it said would “disrupt the housing market” and help more people “have access to better homes in the right places.”

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