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Tributes paid to housing chief

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Tributes have been paid to Sarah Webb, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s chief executive, who died on Sunday.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb passed away on Sunday, surrounded by her family and close friends, following a period of ill health.

She stepped down as chief executive of the CIH last week ago, handing over responsibility to interim chief executive Grainia Long.

In a statement the Chartered Institute of Housing said: “Sarah’s death is an enormous loss and we are incredibly sad. We can think of no better colleague, no better inspiration and to many of us no better friend. It has been a privilege to work with Sarah”.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “I will miss Sarah greatly, both professionally and personally. Sarah was always a passionate advocate for the sector and a pleasure to work with and the sector is diminished by her loss.

“Above and beyond that she was a thoroughly decent human being who I know will be missed greatly by family, friends and colleagues.”

The NHF added: “Sarah was a passionate and committed advocate for the housing sector and its work. She made an enormous contribution to the sector across many years and her drive and energy will be hugely missed. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.’

Sarah Webb joined the CIH eight years ago as director of policy and became chief executive in 2008.

Previously she worked as a senior civil servant at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, as head of strategy at Birmingham City Council and as chief executive of a community-based housing association in Scotland.

She was also chair of the Black Country Housing Group and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2010.


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