Tributes paid after 59-year-old ALMO chief dies
The respected chief executive of arm’s-length management organisation Derby Homes has died at the age of 59 after a short illness.
Phil Davies led the ALMO that manages Derby Council’s 13,545 homes since it was founded in 2002.
Mr Davies died peacefully in his sleep yesterday, surrounded by his family, after being diagnosed with cancer in early June.
A statement from Derby Homes said: ‘The news has come as a shock to the organisation and the social housing sector, in which Phil was greatly respected.
‘Phil was an inspirational leader for social housing in Derby and across the UK. He led the organisation since its formation in 2002 and in that time has been instrumental in improving the lives of thousands of tenants across the city.
‘The organisation is 10 years old this year and Phil will be sadly missed by family, colleagues and all who knew him.’
Paul Bayliss, leader of Derby City Council, said: ‘I had the pleasure and honour of working with Phil Davies for over 10 years.
‘He was a dedicated housing professional and instrumental in setting up and leading Derby Homes, and achieving the highest ratings in the UK. I will miss him, his advice and his good humour. My thoughts are with his family at this time.’
Last year Mr Davies saw Derby Homes secure a new 10 year contract with Derby Council to continue to manage homes in the city.