Press release

New Chair of Homes and Communities Agency appointed

Sir Edward Lister has been appointed the new chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced.

Image of Sir Edward Lister. New Chair for Homes and Communities Agency
Sir Edward Lister

Sir Edward joins with years of experience of the housing sector. For the last 5 years he has been London’s Deputy Mayor for policy and planning and chief of staff at the Greater London Authority (GLA).

His wide-ranging role there included increasing public land disposals and developing new finance models to sustain long-term investment in the capital’s infrastructure.

Prior to joining the GLA, Sir Edward was Leader of Wandsworth council for 19 years.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

The government is determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream.

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.

Sir Edward Lister said:

I am excited to be joining the Homes and Communities Agency at this time to drive forward delivery of the most ambitious programme for housing in decades.

I look forward to helping to build the capability of the Agency to deliver thousands of new homes across the country and meet people’s aspirations for owning their own home.

Sir Edward replaces Interim Chair Kevin Parry who stood in following Robert Napier’s departure - takes up his position in July after his appointment was confirmed by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

He joins the Agency as it continues to evolve to help meet the government’s commitment to build more homes.


The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the government agency tasked with supporting and enabling places to deliver their housing and regeneration needs and helping to drive local economic growth. The HCA is also responsible for the regulation of social housing providers in England, a function carried out by its independent Regulation Committee.

The appointment was made on the basis of open competition conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Published 22 June 2016