Nick Walkley to start at Avison Young this September

Former Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley will take up a senior role at global real estate services firm Avison Young this autumn.

He will start as principal and president of UK strategic advisory at the £134m-turnover company in September.

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Nick Walkley is set to start at Avison Young in the spring

Walkley will be tasked with expanding Avison Young’s advisory and consulting capabilities and using his experience of delivering large-scale regeneration and transformation projects to “unlock major infrastructure, investment and development opportunities for its clients”.

Avison Young acts as an estate agent, planning consultant, development advisor and project manager for developers across the UK.

Walkley led Homes England for four years from 2017 managing the agency’s estimated £20bn portfolio of loans, grants, infrastructure and land.

He left suddenly in February, citing undisclosed personal reasons amid rumours of a disagreement with housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

Prior to being at Homes England, Walkley served as chief executive at two London local authorities, Barnet council from 2008 to 2012 and Haringey council from 2012 to 2017.