10 November 2017
Nottingham City Homes Chief Executive, Nick Murphy, has been named one of the country’s ‘heavy hitters’ in council housing, as the city takes credit for over a quarter of the total homes built by all ALMOs* across the country in the past year.
Joined by Nottingham City Council’s Head of Regeneration and Housing Delivery, Mark Lowe, Nick was named in an exclusive list of housing professionals, built by the national trade title, Inside Housing.
Of the 775 homes built by all ALMOs last year, Nottingham City Homes (NCH) delivered 185, on behalf of the City Council. In its summary of NCH, the publication highlighted the City Council being awarded strategic local authority of the year at the 2017 UK Housing Awards.
It added: ’Nick has influence beyond his own organisation, having previously helped develop national housing policy in the senior civil service and as a board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s policy advisory committee.’
Nick featured as a visionary in last year’s Inside Housing, Who’s Who list. This year he is joined by Mark Lowe of the City Council, who is highlighted for his ‘leading role in forging relationships with housing association and private sector partners to take advantage of the first wave of Government funding for new council housing development.
Nick Murphy said: “It’s great to be recognised, but it’s very much a team effort at NCH. Colleagues are working hard to manage all the different sites we are building on. I am particularly pleased that we are employing local people in our own workforce to build new homes across the city. But there’s still much more to do, and we’ll keep on looking for new ways to build the homes needed for Nottingham people”.
The report continues to praise Nottingham for its reaction to Housing Revenue Account self-financing reforms, which saw both NCH and the City Council drive forward ‘the biggest new council housing development programme in a generation’. Speaking of both organisations, it concluded that: ‘Together, they are eminent examples of how council-ALMO partnerships can deliver across a vast stock.”
Cllr Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nick and Mark have made such a valuable contribution to social housing in the city. Leading both organisations through the biggest new council housing development programme in a generation is no mean feat, and they have collaboratively enabled teams across both organisations to deliver successfully on the Building a Better Nottingham vision.
“There’s lots more work to do over the coming years, but I’m confident under their leadership, both organisations will continue to work together to deliver affordable homes for local people.”
*Arms Length Management Organisations.