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Housing minister David Curry today announced the appointment of Ken Griffin and Peter Williams to the board of the ...
Housing minister David Curry today announced the appointment of Ken Griffin and Peter Williams to the board of the housing corporation.

These appointments follow expressions of interest in serving on the corporation from over 30 people.

Further appointments are currently under consideration to fill the third vacancy mentioned in June and for a replacement for Dermot Gleeson who recently resigned from the board because of the potential interest of his family company in the government's proposals to extend housing association grant.

'Ken Griffin has had a business career at the most senior levels and extensive involvement in housing associations,' Mr Curry said.

He is currently deputy chairman of Ugland International Holdings, a shipping firm, and has been deputy chair of British Ship Builders and industrial adviser to the department of trade and industry.

He was until recently vice chairman of the UK Housing Trust and a member of North British Housing Association. Mr Griffin's knowledge of social housing together with his business acumen will be of great value to the board, Mr Curry said.

Peter Williams is head of research and external affairs at the Council of Mortgage Lenders. 'He has had a long involvement with housing policy and practice in the UK as well as abroad.'

Dr Williams has previously held several academic posts both in this country and overseas dealing mainly with housing matters and related issues.

'Dr Williams will be an invaluable new member to the board given his wide knowledge of lending institutions, housing organisations and housing academic background,' Mr Curry said.

'I am delighted that both Mr Griffin and Dr Williams have agreed to join the board, during a period when the housing corporation is taking on a new extended role as funder and regulator of a more diverse social housing sector.'

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