New chief for brick lobby

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The Brick Development Association has appointed Andrew Eagles as its new chief executive.

He succeeds Simon Hay, who left in December 2015.

Andrew Eagles joins the Brick Development Association in June. He is currently managing director of Sustainable Homes, a consultancy in the housing sector. He has previously worked for the old Housing Corporation and was a consultant on strategic housing policy to the London Borough of Bromley.

Mr Eagles said of his new job: “As the sector looks to dramatically increase housing numbers it is essential that quality is maintained. The Brick Development Association plays a vital role in providing advice, strategic insight and case studies of exemplar buildings.  I am excited to be joining the association at this vital time.”

Chairman Michael Ankers said: “We are delighted to have found someone with the background and experience of Andrew to lead the association at this important time. The brick industry has recovered strongly from the recession and bricks are back in demand. The industry has a critical role to play in ensuring the ambitious targets for new housing that the government has set are achieved, and in other parts of construction, architects are increasingly turning to brick as a material that will deliver sustainable building solutions.”