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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Chief Executive awarded CBE


Sarah Webb, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to the housing sector.

At CIH she has been at the forefront of shaping the direction of the housing sector, in particular developing arms length management organisations (ALMOs); putting residents at the heart of housing organisations and the English regulatory framework; and informing the decision to launch the Northern Ireland Housing Commission.

Sarah is also well known for the impact she made as Head of the Community Housing Task Force at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), where she ran a team which gave advice to local authorities, their tenants and prospective landlords on housing stock transfer.

Sarah Webb said: “I find this award rather humbling but decided to accept it as a way of saying a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone I’ve ever worked with over 20 years in housing – from the inspirational tenants in Glasgow who helped me learn how to be a housing officer to my current colleagues at CIH and Black Country Housing. I can’t believe how lucky I am to do a job I love and to work in a sector where everyone around you is motivated to transform the lives of others. I’m proud to be part of CIH and hope I can use the profile this honour will give the organisation to help us tackle the very real challenges ahead.”

Howard Farrand, President of CIH, said: "Sarah is a leader and inspirational figure in the housing world, and her CBE is well deserved recognition of the huge contribution she has made to the sector. From the streets of Glasgow in her early career to shaping national housing policy and education agendas in her current role, the difference she has made to communities and the housing profession is significant. I wait with bated breath to see what she will deliver in years to come."

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