Professor Paddy Gray

Professor Paddy Gray OBE


First appointed 25 May 2017

Paddy was appointed Vice-Chair in October 2019.

Paddy is one of the UK housing sector’s most eminent figures is regarded as an authority on housing strategy and social policy, nationally and internationally.  In 2017, he was named the top “Power Player” in the UK housing sector by trade magazine 24 Housing.

He is Professor Emeritus of Housing at the University of Ulster and has had more than 300  publications on housing-related issues .  He continues to regularly contribute to international conferences and seminars as well as act as an external examiner for housing degrees at several universities and professional bodies

Paddy has a wide range of Non-Executive experience including as the first Irish President of the UK Chartered Institute of Housing, having previously served as Vice President and Treasurer. His awards include Honorary Fellowship of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 2012, Belfast Ambassador of the Year Award 2014 Visit Belfast, Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience. National Undergraduates Employability Awards UK  2015

In 2020 he was awarded an OBE for services to housing.

He is a Visiting Professor at Fujian Jiangxia University China and Spiru Haret University Bucharest Romania

Interests outside of Wheatley Group:

  • First Housing Aid & Support Services Limited
  • PPG Consultancy Limited
  • Safeagent CMP ltd
  • Connswater Homes, Nothern Ireland - Chair
  • Advice North West Ltd
  • ALS Ltd
  • Republic of Ireland: Residential Tenancies Board
  • Tuath Housing Association - Vice Chair
  • Threshold Ireland
  • iCare - Chair
  • European Network of Housing Research
  • Chartered Institute of Housing External Examiner
  • Propertymark External Examiner
  • University of Staffordshire External Examiner
  • Leeds Beckett University External Examiner
  • Ulster University Emeritus Professor
  • City Building (Glasgow) LLP

Intra Group Appointments:

  • Wheatley Housing Group - Non-Executive Director
  • The Wheatley Foundation - Non- Executive Director
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