Housing figures named in birthday honours list
The chief executive of Sovereign Housing Association is one of a number of housing figures included in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Ann Santry, who joined the 34,000-home landlord in 1999, will receive a CBE for services to social housing. She said: ‘I am surprised and thrilled.
‘While it is a tremendous honour to receive this award, it is really a recognition of the hard work, determination and effort displayed by everyone at Sovereign.
‘We have a great bunch of talented people who are dedicated to providing housing solutions; this is as much their award as it is mine.’
Also included in the list is Jimmy Carlson, who will receive an OBE for services to combating homelessness.
Mr Carlson is a former rough sleeper who spent 23 years on the streets after becoming addicted to alcohol following his discharge from the army. He has spent the last 15 years setting up groups to help homeless people transform their lives. Mr Carlson said he was ‘humbled’ to receive the OBE.
He said: ‘My message is never give up on anyone. You would have walked over me in the street 15 years ago and thought I was a lost cause, just another drunk.
‘However I picked myself up and turned my life around and I have gone on to make a decent contribution to my community.’
Elsewhere there was a CBE for Paul Callaghan, formerly chair of the One North East regional development agency and an MBE for Charles Judge, director of legal services and procurement at ONE. John Lee, chief executive of Your Homes Newcastle, will receive an OBE. Janet Storar, chair of arm’s length management organisation Nottingham City Homes, will receive an MBE.
The recently elected mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who put housing at the centre of his election campaign, will receive an OBE for services to local government. Brian Pomeroy, former chair of homelessness charity Centrepoint and umbrella group Homeless Link, will be knighted for services to financial inclusion.
Janet Keauffling, a homelessness nurse who works in south Wales, will receive an MBE while Alice Burke, chair of the Nightingale Estate Tenant Residents’ Association in Hackney will receive the revived British Empire Medal for services to housing.
Alison Perry, chair of the National Federation of Builders, will receive an OBE for services to the construction industry, while Gerald Chin-Quee, board member of ALMO Cornwall Housing will receive the BEM.