The NFB and Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) announce the sudden and devastating news of the death of Roger Humber, who left the Home Builders Federation (HBF) to create the NFB’s, House Builders Association (HBA) and ensure SME housebuilders received the representation they deserved.
Roger was a nationally recognised authority on housing and a leading figure in the industry since the late 1960s. When he joined the NFB to create the HBA, he was already the most quoted housing spokesperson in the national media and was never short of offering his opinion on how planning and housing could and should be improved. He will be a huge loss and our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him.”
Roger’s ‘Humber on Housing’ pieces in the NFB’s InSite magazine were compulsory reading and pulled no punches on the reality of the issues faced by industry. After his retirement, he continued supporting the HBA with newsletters and aided by his incredibly knowledgeable wife Vivian, worked with NFB’s current Head of housing and planning, Rico Wojtulewicz, to settle him into the role and pass on the immense knowledge he had.
Rico Wojtulewicz remembers Roger fondly. “When I joined the NFB, Roger asked me to come to his home in Norwich and talk about my role. After a three-hour conversation, where I realised how big the boots I was filling were, his final words of ‘make the job your own’ shaped how I decided to represent my members and the SME sector.
His words and continued support helped me find the confidence to try to live up to his reputation and seven years on in my role, that hasn’t changed. The last time we spoke, I reminded him of this with an example of how frequently ‘small builders’ is now uttered in the House of Commons. It has been an honour to build on his legacy.
I cannot express how sad I am that Roger has passed away, or how important he was for the industry but apart from that, he was a true gent, showing the conviction and integrity we can all learn from. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and wife Vivien, who has also been a great supporter of the HBA”.
If any member would like to pass on tributes or condolences, please get in touch with membership services and we will pass them on to his family.
Rest in Peace, Roger Humber.