Peter will join the government’s housing delivery agency later this year, taking over Nick Walkley, who departed in February.
Gordon More, who has been acting as chief executive, delayed his retirement plans to support the agency pending this appointment.
Peter is currently the chief executive at the Hyde Group and a non-executive real estate investment committee member at global investment company Eurazeo.
He has a strong track record of working in strategic leadership and board roles at large-scale global real estate, banking, and not-for-profit organisations.
Before joining the housing sector, Peter spent his early career in investment banking and then moved to global real estate investment management firm Starwood Capital.
During these investment years, Peter handled over €25bn of lending (approximately £21bn) and had significant exposure to investors and fundraising on a global scale, working as a bridge between the public, private and third sectors.
He has also held senior EMEA real estate investment banking roles at BNP Paribas, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Eurohypo and WestImmo.
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Commenting on his appointment, Peter said: “The government has an ambitious agenda of not just more homes, but decent, affordable, safe, energy-efficient ones that sit well in their community and landscape. I cannot wait to help realise that ambition.”
Peter Freeman, chair at Homes England, added that Peter brings two powerful qualities to the agency.
“He has deep experience of real estate banking and investment, including raising funds and managing portfolios across Europe; this will be invaluable in raising additional capital from the private sector to support Homes England’s government-funded work.
“Secondly, in leaving a successful career in the commercial sector to join a major housing association, first as CFO and then as CEO, Peter has displayed enormous personal commitment to marrying financial discipline and social purpose.
“I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding leader, with his unique skillset helping us build the homes the country needs.”
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick, stated: “I am delighted to welcome Peter Denton as chief executive at Homes England as part of an important reset for the organisation.
“Together with Peter Freeman, he will lead the renewal of Homes England, focussing on levelling up and regeneration, high quality new housing and infrastructure, and supporting small and medium builders to create a more dynamic and competitive housing market.”