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Biographies - Key HBF Representatives

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Stewart Baseley - Executive Chairman

Stewart Baseley has been on the board of HBF since 2002 and has served as its Executive Chairman since 2006.

After overseeing a strategic review of the organisation’s entire operation, he has positioned HBF as a highly respected and influential representative body. This has enabled HBF to secure a range of Government stimulus measures for the industry, most notably Help to Buy, and ensures relevant policy decisions, particularly with regards to Planning, Regulation and Sustainability, reflect house builders concerns.

In addition to his duties for HBF Stewart is a non-executive board member of NHBC, H+H in Denmark, HBF Insurance PCC and is Chairman of Housebuilder Media Ltd and Troy Homes.  He is also a consultant to Highlander Partners; Chairman of Habitat for Humanity GB and a patron of the Children with Special Needs charity.

Stewart began his house building career with Crest Nicholson in 1983 before moving to Charles Church, where he became CEO in 1990, a position he held for eight years. During that time he oversaw the sale of Charles Church to Beazer Group in 1996 and subsequently joined the Beazer PLC Board where he had additional responsibility for Beazer Strategic Land.  In 1998 he became Chairman and CEO of Centex UK which in 1999 acquired Fairclough Homes. In 2005 he oversaw the sale of Centex UK to Miller Group, following which he assumed day to day responsibility for HBF as well as perusing other business interests.

Peter Andrew - Deputy Chairman

Peter Andrew is Deputy Chairman of HBF and has a wealth of industry experience and an indepth understanding of the issues affecting house builders.

Peter started life as a Company Trainee QS at George Wimpey and during a career spanning 40 years progressed to become the UK Land and Planning Director - and a board member - at national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey UK. He was also one of the four practitioners who helped draft the National Planning Policy Framework for then Planning Minister Greg Clark. 

Peter is also a Council member of the NHBC and Chairman of Burrington Estates – a West Country developer and advises a number of developers including Dorchester Group, Long Port Group and Living Villages.

John Stewart - Director of Economic Affairs

John Stewart is Director of Economic Affairs at the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

His policy responsibilities include the economy, the housing and mortgage markets, mortgage regulation, demographic trends, housing supply, Affordable Housing, new home valuation, the private rented sector and Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) initiatives (Help to Buy Equity Loan, Builders Finance Fund, public land disposal). He maintains close contact with a wide range of housing experts, including officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), the HCA, HM Treasury, Downing Street and the Bank of England.

Before joining HBF in 2003 he was an independent housing consultant for over ten years, and previously divisional Sales & Marketing Director for house builder Wates. His publications included a monthly Viewpoint column in Housebuilder and Building a Crisis (2002) which was the first report to highlight the growing housing supply crisis in England and begin to consider its social and economic consequences.

He has an MA in English from Auckland University and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London.

John Slaughter - Director of External Affairs

John Slaughter is Director of External Affairs for the Home Builders Federation.

John has a general representational role at HBF and is also responsible for a wide range of policy issues at both national and regional level. He leads on political liaison for HBF, including representations on major legislation and regulatory change, and helps provide HBF’s media comment. He has particular policy responsibility for skills, urban design and sustainability issues, including the Government’s zero carbon homes objective. He is a member of the 2016 Task Force which oversees work on the zero carbon objective and has also been a member of the steering group for the current Technical Housing Standards Review.

He formerly worked in the oil and gas industry and as a civil servant at the Department for Trade and Industry. John is married with two sons.

Dave Mitchell - Technical Director

Having started his career in the building industry back in 1969, Dave spent some 30 years working for a medium size house builder in the south-east of England. For most of this time he dealt with housing design and the regulatory side of the industry.

Since joining the HBF as Technical Director in June 2005 he has been heavily involved in promoting a better understanding of the technical Issues facing house builders in the 21st century, particularly in the zero carbon and sustainability arena. In September 2006 Dave was appointed a member of BRAC.

Andrew Whitaker - Head of Planning

MA MRTPI FRSA is the Planning Director of the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Andrew, who joined the Federation as a regional officer in 1994, has over 30 years experience as a town planner in both the public and private sector, specialising in the formulation and implementation of both planning and housing policy.

Having worked in both local government and private practice Andrew uses this cross sector experience to advise the housebuilding industry and liaise with central and local government through formal representations, sounding boards and working groups on a plethora of planning and housing issues.

Andrew is a member of the DCLG Planning Sounding Board and a number of other advisory groups. Most recently he was a team member of the Taylor Review of planning guidance and was included in Planning magazine’s 2013 “Power 100” as one of the top 100 people with the greatest influence of planning policy and decision making.

David O'Leary- Policy Director

David O’Leary is the Home Builders Federation’s Policy Director.

David represents HBF in policy discussions across Whitehall and beyond to ensure that the future policy environment is favourable to the industry. As well as responsibility for HBF’s research, he has produced analysis and policy reports on a range of subjects, including the historic decline of SMEs in the housebuilding sector, the weakness of headline housebuilding statistics, the changing nature of housing supply, the economic benefits of increased housing output and various pre-election policy publications.

David joined HBF in 2013, initially as Deputy Director of External Affairs. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he worked for the Conservatives, specifically as an adviser to then Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP and subsequently the Shadow Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP. He has also advised council leaders in London on housing, finance reform and government relations.