Kirsty Shaw to step into key role at quango

Homes England has hired a top boss from the social care regulator as its first ever chief operating officer.

Kirsty Shaw, currently COO at the Care Quality Commission, will be tasked with ensuring that the quango is “appropriately organised and structured”, a spokesperson said.

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Kirsty Shaw starts at Homes England in September

She will join the agency, which administers the government’s £11.5bn affordable homes programme and £1.8bn brownfield fund, in September.

Peter Denton, chief executive of Homes England, said: “The new COO role is crucial for us as we think about the next phase of the agency, and Kirsty’s experience of leading large-scale operations and complex transformation programmes across central government will help us to continue to strengthen our ability to deliver at pace.”

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Homes England is currently working on a new strategy which it previously said would probably be out this spring.

It is expected to focus more on regeneration, design and encouraging new building in areas of the country outside the South-east, in line with the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.