New Chair for Hastoe


24 September 2015
News release


Hastoe Group is pleased to announce that it has appointed Ed Buscall to succeed Margaret Clark CBE as its new Chair.

Ed runs an arable farming and property business based in Norfolk and is also an editorial adviser for the BBC Trust. Up until May of this year, he was Chairman of the Norfolk Country Land and Business Association. He is a parish councillor and is involved in a number of schemes to regenerate his local area. Before moving to Norfolk, Ed worked for the BBC World Service as a journalist, editor and joint Head of Current Affairs as well as being a reporter for national newspapers. He was a Nuffield Scholar whose paper looked at the politics of climate change and its implications for farming.

Commenting on his new role, Ed said: “Hastoe is the leading specialist provider of rural affordable housing in England and I feel very privileged to have been chosen to be its new Chair. I would like to pay tribute to Margaret Clark’s outstanding leadership over the last seven years. The vibrancy and diversity of village life is being challenged as never before by rising house prices and the lack of alternative choices available to local people. Hastoe’s focus on developing affordable well built homes is essential to sustaining these rural communities in the future.

“In common with other housing associations, Hastoe is now facing a challenging financial and political environment. I am looking forward to working with colleagues across Hastoe to find solutions to these challenges so that we can continue to be at the forefront of building sustainable homes for our rural communities.”

Hastoe owns and manages more than 7,000 homes in over 60 local authorities. It has won a wide range of awards for the quality of its building projects including Sustainable Housing Scheme of the Year, Passivhaus Trust Award and Best Rural Development over the past 18 months.

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