Lister appointed as HCA chairman

Sir Edward Lister has been appointed as the new chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency, having been put forward by the Department of Communities and Local Government as its preferred candidate for the important post.

Following a DCLG committee hearing in June, where a cross-party group of MPs examined a range of issues includ- ing the challenges facing the HCA, the committee concluded that Sir Edward was a suitable candidate for the post based on his skills and experience.

For the past five years Sir Edward has been London’s deputy mayor for policy and planning and served as chief of staff at the Greater London Authority. His role included increasing public land disposals and developing new finance models to sustain investment in the capital’s infrastructure.

Speaking about the appointment, Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“The HCA has a big role to play in driving up housing. Sir Edward’s experience and leadership that he brings to the HCA will ensure it is delivering the homes our nation needs.”