New executive director joins the NHC at crucial time for housing in the North

Patrick Murray – Executive Director (Policy & Public Affairs), NHC

We’re pleased to welcome new Executive Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Patrick Murray.

Patrick joins the NHC from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities where he most recently worked on the Public Bodies Review of Homes England. He previously worked on key housing policy areas in the Department including the Affordable Homes Programme. He has a broad range of leadership experience across the public and third sector. He has also worked for the Department of Health and Social Care and in the housing sector, and local Government where he was the Cabinet Member for Housing at a local authority.

He joins at a crucial time, with a general election fast approaching, and work on the NHC’s next corporate plan due to start soon.

Executive Director of Policy and Public Affairs Patrick Murray said:

“I’m delighted to join the fantastic team at the NHC. The Consortium has a great track record of supporting members to collaborate and influence on key priorities such as developing ways to meet the Net Zero challenge and making sure housing is at the heart of the Levelling Up agenda.

“I’m keen to build upon and take forward this work. This year will likely see a critical general election for housing and the North. This presents an enormous opportunity for the housing sector, and the communities we exist to serve. I am determined we grasp that opportunity with both hands.”

Northern Housing Consortium Chief Executive Tracy Harrison said:

“We’re pleased to welcome Patrick. He brings a wealth of experience and ideas and seemed the perfect fit with our values. He’s committed to working with colleagues, members and stakeholders to make a positive difference. With a general election fast approaching, he’ll play a big part in making sure housing and communities in the north are high up on the agenda of the new government.”