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Senior property sector figure given OBE in New Year’s Honours list

Professor Paddy Gray works for a wide range of property and housing organisations including safeagent and Propertymark.

Nigel Lewis


A second senior housing sector figure has been given a gong within the New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Paddy Gray, a Board Director of safeagent, the accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents, has been made an OBE for his services to housing.

He follows Shelter boss Polly Neate, who was made a CBE for her services to homelessness.

Gray, as well as being a Professor Emeritus at the University of Ulster, has published some 300 research papers on the sector and regularly contributes to conferences and seminars.

He is a leading player within the Northern Ireland housing sector and is also a respected figure in the UK and overseas particularly in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau, where he has worked.

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Gray is a keen tweeter, which is unusual within the housing sector, and involved in 16 different organisations including Propertymark, which employs him as an external examiner, and safeagent.

He is also affiliated to two other universities, several property management companies including the Wheatley Group and a developer, Connswater Homes.

“We’re delighted that Paddy has been honoured in this way. He is well known for his work in the property sector, not only in Northern Ireland but throughout the UK,” says Isobel Thomson, CEO of safeagent.

“We are very proud to have him as a Director on the safeagent Board, where he brings his extensive knowledge and skills.”

Read more about the New Year’s Honours list.






January 6, 2020

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