Alison Crofton appointed chief property officer

Homes England has announced that Alison Crofton will take over the new chief property officer role on an interim basis, leading the quango’s land and development directorate.

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Crofton, who has served as national development officer at Homes England for two years, has taken over as chief property officer, in place of Barry Cummins. 

She will head up the directorate that acquires land with potential for housing development, removes constraints and releases sites into the open market for housing development.

Crofton was previously development director at Homes England for over a year and a half.

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In addition, Crofton is a director at the English Cities Fund, a public-private partnership between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse which was created to regenerate derelict urban areas.

Cummins held the position of chief land and development officer, but Homes England confirmed that it is the same as the role of chief property officer, which Crofton will take on. 

On 23 October, Cummins announced that he would be stepping down from his role in April.

Cummins will be on secondment at DLUHC until he leaves Homes England next year.

Cummins took on the role on an interim basis in December 2021, after Stephen Kinsella left Homes England to become group major projects director at Barratt Homes.

Cummins has been at Homes England since 2018 when he was appointed as general manager of land acquisitions.