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Sir Bob Kerslake to leave HCA

Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake is to step down to become permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

HCA chairman Robert Napier has pledged that operations at the housing delivery quango would run as usual while he sought an interim replacement.

He said: “Looking forward we have a continuing and evolving role, as well as a business to run as usual, and over the coming months we will continue to deliver against our current programmes while we shape our new way for doing business. 

“I am pleased that Government recognises that the key role that the HCA has to play in helping to shape local places, and that our staff have the necessary skills and expertise to adapt to our changing world.”

Sir Bob will take up his new post on 1 November. 

The HCA Board has already begun the process of recruiting a new chief executive from its existing group of directors initially, on an interim basis. The process will be completed as soon as is practicable, the HCA said.

“While I am sorry to lose Bob, I would like to congratulate him on his appointment.  Permanent secretary is the top civil servant post in an important arm of Government and his appointment is a reflection of his outstanding skills and of the HCA’s track record of delivery,” Mr Napier said.

“Bob has literally lived and breathed the HCA since he was appointed just over two years ago, and along with the hard work and commitment of all our staff he has played a major part in our success to date.”