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New Homes and Communities Agency chairman appointed

New Homes and Communities Agency chairman appointed

Kevin Parry has been appointed the new chairman of the UK's Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).It was announced on December 18th that Mr Parry will take over from current chairman Robert Napier when he steps down from the role at the end of 2015 after seven years leading the body.The chair of the HCA is a key figure in the construction industry, as the organisation's board oversees house-building projects throughout the country. With chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne announcing in the autumn that an additional 40,000 new affordable homes are to be built across the UK over the next few years, Mr Parry looks set to have a busy start to his new role.Greg Clark, the government's communities secretary, commented: "The HCA has a big role to play in driving forward housebuilding and Kevin's experience of being a board member will be invaluable in his new role."Mr Parry himself added: "I am really looking forward to working with my board, HCA staff, ministers and our outstanding partners to meet the challenge of building the homes the country needs."At present, Mr Parry is a board member of the HCA, alongside chairing the audit committee at Standard Life and holding the position of senior independent director at Intermediate Capital Group.In the past, he has also worked as finance director for Schroders and has spent time as a managing partner at KPMG, meaning he will be bringing a wealth of industry experience to his new role as HCA chair.With many government and local authority projects continuing to run to tight budgets, Mr Parry's financial expertise could be set to prove invaluable in his new position.Projects the HCA is working on at the moment that Mr Parry will now have the opportunity to take the lead on include tackling the extent of homelessness throughout the UK, as well as ensuring the country's housing market is properly regulated. 

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