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HCA appoints new head of design

Jane Briginshaw, the former design director for Partnerships for Schools, has been appointed head of design and sustainability for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The position will see Mrs Briginshaw, who has also served as head of design for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, take responsibility for the strategic lead of all design and sustainability projects, in addition to developing a national strategy to ensure that the HCA delivers quality housing at a low cost.

She said: “There are few higher-profile and more critically important roles than pushing forward the sustainability agenda, in delivering new homes and regenerating places, and I am looking forward to being part of a core team that will be at the forefront of this.”

HCA director of strategy Trevor Beattie added: “Jane has extensive experience in this field and I am very pleased that the HCA has recruited someone of such high calibre. She will ensure that we continue to lead the way with our environmental, sustainability and design policy for housing and regeneration.”

She is due to take up her new post, based in London, on April 19.