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Four of CIH’s most prominent figures named in top 50 power players’ list


Over 200 of the UK’s most senior figures in housing – including politicians, leading academics, lawyers and housing chief executives – have ranked Sarah Webb, Paul Tennant, Grainia Long and Steve Partridge highly in a top 50 list of the most influential people in housing.

The guide, researched and produced by 24 Housing, is the first poll of its kind to determine who has the most influence or impact on the housing sector. Respondents were asked to rank from one to five who they considered to be the most influential people in the sector. And the result is a poll that comes from the most influential about the most influential.

Sarah Webb, at number 14, is still regarded as influencing and inspiring housing professionals to “be brilliant”, despite sadly passing away last year.

Tributes to the former CIH chief executive were published alongside her biography and David Montague, chief executive of L&Q described her as “an inspiration to a generation of housing people”.

CIH vice president, Paul Tennant, who is chief executive of Orbit, is listed number 35. Eamon Lynch, MD of the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group, said: “Paul’s recent appointment as CIH vice president following an open election demonstrates that he has significant support across the profession.”

Relative newcomer, Grainia Long, who was appointed chief executive of CIH in February, already ranks at 37. Alison Inman, CIH Governing Board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs, described Grainia as going from strength-to-strength, saying: “She is a genuinely inclusive leader with vision for the sector.”

And finally, congratulations also to CIH director of Financial Policy, Steve Partridge, who came in at number 40. Steve’s work on the housing revenue account reform over the last decade was noted.

See the full list and commentary from the industry’s top movers and shakers here.


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