Northern Ireland champion of better housing honoured with award
A specialist in housing at Ulster University has been named the top 'power player' in the UK housing market by an industry publication.
Paddy Gray, a professor in housing who has also championed better standards in social housing, received the award from 24 Housing Magazine.
Professor Gray is a former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, which sets professional standards in the UK and Ireland. He is also chairman of housing association Connswater Homes.
A spokesman for the magazine described Professor Gray as a "an asset to the sector in the UK, Ireland and worldwide".
"He 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. 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."
Jennie Donald, deputy chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), said: "NIFHA was delighted to see Paddy Gray recognised as number one in the top 50 power players in UK housing.
"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."
Professor Gray said he was "delighted" with the award: "It is testament to the dedication of colleagues in improving wellbeing across these islands.
Over the years I have met so many 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."