I confirm Sir Edward Lister has informed the Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Homes England Board permanently to focus on his new role as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Chief Strategic Advisor. I’d 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 said:
Sir Edward 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 Edward 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 Edward 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.
Sir Edward Lister has been Chairman of Homes England for the past three years.
Simon Dudley was appointed Senior Independent Director by the Homes England Board on 4 July 2019. The Non-Executive role is in addition to Mr Dudley’s responsibilities as a Board member and will include deputising for the Chairman.
From Peter Lamb – Prospective Parliament Candidate for Crawley – 2019 General Election
I’ve never been one to follow a party line on things, so if I give a position on something that tends to be my view regardless of what hat I’m wearing.
Perhaps such is the same with Henry Smith on this, as the scheme proposed for West of Ifield were drawn up by Homes England under the chairmanship of Sir Edward Lister, who is now Boris Johnson’s Chief Adviser. The current Government’s position seems rather clear.
Crawley needs more affordable housing, but the total requirement for the town is less than a third of what is proposed for West of Ifield. Homes England’s proposals are currently almost entirely for unaffordable housing and, as things stand, no Crawley resident would be eligible for any of the affordable homes due to the site falling within the boundaries of Horsham District Council. So, the proposed development would both fail to meet Labour’s commitment to affordable housing and would go well beyond the housing numbers the manifesto is suggesting.