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

Honorary CIH membership for three leading figures


The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has awarded honorary membership to Michael Gelling OBE - Chair of the Tenants and Residents Organisations of England, Anthony Mayer - Chairman of the Tenant Services Authority and David Orr - Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation.

CIH President Howard Farrand presented the awards at the CIH Presidential Dinner on 10th February 2010 at the Natural History Museum in London. Howard said: "I am absolutely delighted that CIH is awarding Honorary CIH Membership to three very distinguished members of the housing community.  Michael Gelling, Anthony Mayer and David Orr have all made significant and valued contributions to the housing sector and have championed the interests of tenants. They have also been great friends and supporters of CIH.

"CIH represents people involved in housing across the whole of the UK and within all spheres of the housing sector and we take pride in being able to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to our sector through the award of Honorary CIH Membership."

Michael Gelling said: "As the first tenant recipient of this honorary award by CIH, I would congratulate the housing professionals for recognising the value of tenants as equals in the sector and how they can contribute when empowerment is embraced by all. How we have progressed over the past ten years."

Anthony Mayer said: "I really am very touched to have been awarded honorary membership of CIH, the more so given the eminence of my fellow honorary members!"

David Orr said: "It has been a huge privilege to have worked in this business for so long. Good housing is central to the way people approach the world, and far too many people still live in desperate circumstances. I see passionate people across the country who make a real difference every single day. These people continue to inspire me. I am deeply honoured that my small part has been noted in this way."


Pictured below: David Orr (top left), Anthony Mayer (top right) and Michael Gelling with Howard Farrand.

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