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PRESS RELEASE : Homes England’s Director of Affordable Housing Grants to retire after 32-year housing career [October 2023]

The press release issued by Housing England on 13 October 2023.

Jackie Jacob has played a critical role in the provision of affordable homes across the country.

Jackie Jacob, Homes England’s Director of Affordable Housing Grants, is to retire in December following a 32-year career with the Agency and its predecessor organisations.

Throughout her career Jackie has worked tirelessly to drive and improve the provision of affordable housing across England, supporting local authorities, housing associations and the wider housing sector including a considerable period in the late 90s with the regulator.

She has played a key part in the delivery of hundreds of thousands of quality, safe, permanent homes to help people in temporary or challenging accommodation conditions.

Jackie has stewarded more than £20 billion in grant funding over the last 15 years alone, delivering thousands of much needed affordable homes each year, with over 90,000 since the beginning of 2020 alone.

Homes England Chief Executive Peter Denton said:

Jackie’s unsurpassed passion and dedication to the sector has translated into a life changing impact on countless individuals and families. Over many years I have seen first-hand her skill in translating policy and strategy into the human, delivering social justice by providing more homes for more people where they are most needed.

I am sad she is leaving, but I wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement. What is wonderful is her approach is infectious and she leaves behind an excellent team who share her dedication. We have now commenced the search for the right person to take on Jackie’s mantle, one of the most important roles in housing.

Jackie added:

After an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career in the affordable housing sector and 32 years at Homes England I am announcing my retirement. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved at Homes England and look forward to seeing the work of the Agency, in the years ahead.

I would like to thank my team for their hard work and dedication in providing the tools our partners need to deliver more affordable homes for those who need them, and I have no doubt they will continue their fantastic work. It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with a wide range of talented people from across the sector.

Notes to Editors:

  • In the late 90s and early 2000s Jackie held senior roles in the affordable housing sector with a focus on housing regulation and investment in London, delivering major housing projects in the capital. In the lead up to devolution in London, she stayed in the region to help support the transition as the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) powers In London transferred to the Greater London Authority
  • During the 2008 market downturn, Jackie played a key role in advising the government and the wider sector on possible interventions and helping to deliver the Agency’s response to stabilise the housing market.
  • Throughout her career Jackie has been involved in the design and management of multiple Affordable Homes Programmes and other grant and loan programmes. Alongside the main AHP this includes Help to Buy, Custom Build, Affordable Housing Guarantees, Community Led Housing, Move On Fund, and more recently the Rough Sleepers Accommodation Programme, her input has been instrumental.
  • Recruitment for the new Director for Affordable Housing Grant is now underway.

About Homes England

As the government’s housing and regeneration agency we believe that affordable, quality homes in well-designed places are key to improving people’s lives. We make this happen by using our powers, expertise, land, capital and influence to both – bring investment to communities and get more quality homes built.