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Professor ranked number one out of 50 by industry magazine

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Professor ranked number one out of 50 by industry magazine thumbnailProfessor Paddy Gray.

ARMAGH man and affordable housing campaigner, Professor Paddy Gray has been named the number one 'power player' and influencer in the UK housing market by a leading industry magazine.

The academic, who topped the poll of 50 'power players' by 24 Housing Magazine, said he was "overwhelmed" to receive the accolade - which is the UK housing sector's highest honour.

“It is testament to the dedication of colleagues in improving well being across these island," he added.

 "Over the years I have met so many dedicated professionals working selflessly to improve people's lives, and I look forward to working with individuals and groups to help eradicate poor housing conditions and improve access to decent affordable housing for all."

The emeritus Ulster University Housing professor was nominated for the honour from "every corner of the UK and Ireland", revealed a magazine spokesman, who added that one nominator described Paddy as a "truly dedicated professional and asset to the sector".

“Professor Gray has been an influential player in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, chairing housing associations and sitting on boards on both sides of the border," continued the spokesman. "He has also been Chartered Institute of Housing president, bringing together groups from both sides of the border to share best practice and work closer together."

Professor Gray became the only Irish President of the Chartered Institute of Housing from 2010 to 2011.  The organisation sets professional standards in the housing sector in the UK and Ireland and abroad and provides an independent voice for the housing sector.

Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), Deputy Chief Executive Jennie Donald, has also congratulated Paddy on his achievement.  "NIFHA is delighted to see Paddy Gray recognised as number one in the top 50 power players in UK housing," she said. "His influence as an academic, commentator and board member has been extensive and he has a genuinely global impact, through his work with universities and housing organisations across the world. Paddy champions social housing and the voice of tenants in all that he does.  

“Housing organisations across the UK and Ireland have benefited from the many former students taught by Paddy who are now in key positions as chief executive and directors and have gone on to make a real difference to tenants and communities.  The housing sector has also benefitted from his commitment to the sector through numerous board roles over the years."

Paddy is also chairperson of housing association, Connswater Homes and its chief executive, Jacqueline Locke said that staff and the board "feel very privileged to have such an influential and highly regarded" member as the professor.  "We are absolutely delighted that he has received this recognition, he is supportive, engaging and above all totally committed to providing decent homes whether they are in the private rented or social sector," she said.

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