Saturday, 05 September 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.

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