Friday, 06 March 2015

Housing figures praised for New Year Honours

Senior housing figures including Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley and former Communities and Local Government department deputy director Peter Ruback have been praised for making it onto the New Year Honours list.

Mr Pidgley received a CBE for services to the housing sector and the community, and Mr Ruback, who was deputy director for the housing revenue account and decent homes programme at CLG before leaving last summer was given the same honour.

Baroness Hanham, local government minister at the department, said: ‘I am delighted to see colleagues in local government being honoured. It’s testament to their services to the local community that their hard work, dedication and achievements have been recognised in this way. Many congratulations.’

Other housing figures on the list include Sue Chalkley, chief executive of Hastoe Housing Association, who received an OBE for services to housing and tenants, and Paul Downie, deputy director, affordable housing management and standards at CLG, who also received an OBE.

Among those picked for an MBE are Valerie Barker, for services to the community of the Mixenden Housing Estate in Halifax, and Leslie Manson, executive director of education, leisure and housing at Orkney Islands Council, for services to Scottish education and the community in Orkney.

Housing leaders getting the British Empire Medal include: Christine Allen, chief executive of Forum Housing Association, for services to the community in Merseyside; and Muriel Healey, board member at Havebury Housing Partnership, for services to tenants in Suffolk.

Martin Narey, former chief executive of Barnardo’s and a board member of Fabrick Housing Group, received a Knighthood.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Norman Blunt

    Tony Pidgley - great and good! Who'd have thought it?

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  • ...and for all the unsung heroes on the front line a well-deserved pay increase (not!)

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  • James Rennie

    I have been working manyyears on the frontline with outreach teams across London. Not one has been given a gong, yet strangely others who dine out on our successes get the plaudits the CBE's the Freedoms etc. To link this to the one on benefit rises me and my team have had no rise for...4 years and we have endured a cut during that period. There are tose that do, and the those that get the crea,....

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  • Jimmy Cricket

    ...does it help if you're mates with Lord Best??

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  • Peter Fish

    It is noteworthy that the list of recognition includes those who have been of service to people, communities and the sector, those who have gone the extra mile and more. Yet the list excludes some notable individuals who have gone the extra mile to talk up the government's position, add to their own portfolios, expand their personal opportunity even if at the expense of tenants.

    Perhaps there is a lesson for some to be gained, or perhaps those same individuals do not list patronage as worthwhile recognition!

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