Former government adviser will become non-exec director at housebuilder

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced that economist Kate Barker CBE is to join its board as a independent non-executive director in April.

Barker t is known for the two influential reviews she conducted for the Labour government, on housing supply and land use planning.

Until last year she was a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, on which she had sat since 2001.

She will stand down from her membership of the Homes and Communities Agency board before taking up her role at Taylor Wimpey.

The housebuilder also announced that two independent non-executive directors will leave the board at the same time.

Andrew Dougal and Katherine Innes Ker will leave after eight and nine years’ service respectively.

Kevin Beeston, chairman of Taylor Wimpey, said: “I am delighted that Kate Barker has agreed to join the board…. She will bring to the company a wealth of economic and political experience as well as a detailed knowledge of the housing industry.”