Roger Humber: A fearless leader of the industry who fought for what he believed in

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Former Home Builders Federation president Terry Roydon pays tribute to the life of former HBF chief executive Roger Humber, who died on Monday aged 79

Roger Humber was a man steeped in the British housebuilding industry. He was always a determined and competent leader of the industry, and if the Home Builders Federation (HBF) now carries a lot of weight, it is in no small respects down to him.

He always had a strong vision for the sector: where individual housebuilders got bogged down in the minutiae of the day-to-day business, he had a longer vision which was very helpful for the sector as a whole. As such, he largely built the HBF we know today. When he started in the late 1970s, the HBF was a subsidiary of the National Federation of Building Trades Employers – essentially a contractors’ organisation – because at that time many builders operated with housebuilding arms.

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