SIR Edward Lister has resigned as chair of Homes England to become an adviser to Boris Johnson.
Sir Edward has served as the agency’s chair for the last three years. In June 2019, he had been re-appointed to a further three-year term by then communities secretary James Brokenshire, but today Homes England confirmed he has stepped down to focus on his new tole as the Prime Minister’s chief strategic advisor.
Simon Dudley, a member of the board and Homes England’s senior independent director, will serve as interim chair until Sir Edward’s successor is found.
“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,” Dudley said.
“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.”
Homes England’s chief executive, Nick Walkley added: “I’d like to thank [Sir Edward] for his huge contribution to the agency, particularly during a period that has seen us expand rapidly.”