John East

Local Authority Chief Executive and Board Member, The Housing Forum

About John East

John East has significant experience as a regeneration, housing, planning, and environment professional enjoying a career spanning more than three decades in the public sector.

Since 2018 he has provided interim management services, most latterly as the Chief Executive for Wycombe District Council. Prior to that he was Strategic Director for Growth and Homes at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham where he set up the council’s regeneration and investment company Be First, and worked for the London Borough of Newham for six years as the Director of Housing and Community Infrastructure.

He has also been the Director of Planning and Development at the London Boroughs of Southwark, Richmond-upon-Thames and Brent, as well as heading up Savills’ central London Planning Team for several years in the 2000s.

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