Former Thames Gateway chief executive will become managing director of Ashford's Future which is delivering 31,000 homes

Former Thames Gateway chief executive Judith Armitt has been appointed MD of the agency in charge of housing growth in Ashford.

Judith Armitt

Armitt was told to quit her post as Thames Gateway chief executive last autumn after a disagreement with senior civil servants and ministers over the formation of the £9 billion Thames Gateway plan.

Armitt will become MD of Ashford’s Future, an agency set up to deliver 31,000 homes in the Kent town by 2031.

Ashford’s Future has been without a permanent MD after the former MD Martin Bacon resigned in 2007 following accusations he was using work computers to access pornography. His place has been filled in the interim by Abigail Raymond.

Ashford Council is in the process of re-launching the delivery body as a legally separate special purpose vehicle in order to make it easier to ensure housing delivery.