Stephen Kinsella quits Homes England

One of the most senior executives at housing quango Homes England has quit to take up a role leading major projects at housebuilder Barratt.
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One of the most senior executives at housing quango Homes England has quit to take up a role leading major projects at housebuilder Barratt.

Chief land and development officer Stephen Kinsella is to step down next year, according to a statement by the agency on Twitter, after having “rebuilt” its land operation since joining Homes England in 2017.

Kinsella is leaving to take up the job of group major projects director at Barratt, returning to the housebuilder from which he joined the agency four years ago.

Kinsella has been seen as the most senior executive on the operational side of the agency bar the chief executive, Peter Denton. His departure comes at a time of turmoil for the body, which has been put under review by the government after the appointment of a new chair, Peter Freeman, last year, and the shock departure of its previous chief executive, Nick Walkley, at the start of 2021.

It also comes just weeks after Kinsella launched a wholly-revamped procurement process, known as the dynamic purchasing system, for appointing developers to build homes on public land.

Before joining Homes England, Kinsella had spent 11 years at Barratt, where he was growth and partnerships director.

As well as taking up the new role at Barratt, Kinsella is also set to take a non-exec job chairing Liverpool-based housing association Cobalt.

Homes England said it will appoint a replacement for Kinsella “in due course”.

Kinsella said on Twitter that “My national service is over. Job done & someone else’s turn to have a go at this great role.”

He said his new job at Barratt will see him “leading on alternative routes to growth”, and that while he was leaving Homes England, he was “certainly not leaving the mission”.

Homes England said on Twitter than Kinsella was “sadly leaving us next year to take up a new senior role at Barratt Developments.

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