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02/01/2019

Housing experts commended in New Year’s Honours

Words: Laura Edgar
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Professionals working in the housing industry and fighting homelessness, and an RTPI Gold Medal recipient have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Alison Nimmo OBE RTPI, chief executive of the Crown Estate, has been appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). A member of the RTPI since 1989, Nimmo was awarded a CE in 2004 and the RTPI's Gold Medal in 2014.

In a career spanning 25 years, Nimmo was involved in the regeneration of Manchester after the IRA bombing of 1996 and the redevelopment of Sheffield town centre for Sheffield One. She was also design and regeneration director at the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2006 before joining the Crown Estate on 1 January 2012.

Jacqueline Locke, chief executive at Belfast-based housing association Connswater Homes, has been awarded an MBE for services to social housing, while Jacqueline Robertson McKelvie, vice-chairperson at housing association Oak Tree Housing Association, has been awarded an MBE for voluntary service to social housing in Inverclyde.

Ian Swift, head of housing solutions at Southwark Council, has been awarded an MBE for services to homeless people. Jonathan Aciea Bamborough has been awarded an MBE for services to homeless people in Blackpool, while Dennis Rogers, a volunteer at charity Groundswell, has been awarded an MBE for services to homeless people.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s housing advisory liaison officer Pairic O’Brien has received an MBE for services to occupational therapy and housing for people with disabilities, while Alexander (Sandy) Stanley Farquharson, lately director at the Marie Trust, has been awarded an MBE for services to homeless, disabled and socially excluded people.

Two people who work at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have received OBEs. Gillian McManus, emergencies management resilience adviser, was honoured for services to improving
resilience, and Sandra Olubunkunola Popoola, head of capability building and resourcing, was honoured for her services to local government and charity.

Catherine Anne De Marco, deputy director for infrastructure skills and efficiency at the Department for Transport, received an OBE for services to transport skills.

The full list of honours can be found here on the UK Government website (pdf).


Read more:

Head of estate: An interview with Alison Nimmo


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