Extension of appointment to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Date published: 05 April 2018

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The Department for Communities has extended the appointment of Mr Gregory Lomax as a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) from 15 April 2018 until 14 October 2018.

Mr Lomax, who has been a NIHE Board Member since 15 April 2013, is the current NIHE Interim Vice-Chair.

Notes to editors: 

1. The NIHE is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established by the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this Act, the NIHE took over the housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland’s overall housing authority. It is currently landlord to approximately 86,500 dwellings and is one of Northern Ireland’s largest public sector organisations with a budget of over £740million and a staff of approximately 2,700. The NIHE Board is responsible for the efficient, effective and economic delivery of the Housing Executive's services. It determines policies within its overall aims and objectives and makes decisions on operational and organisational strategies.

2. The current remuneration for the position of a Board Member is £6,740 per annum. 

3. This extension has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice.

4. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires political activity of appointees to be published.

5. Biographical details:

Mr Lomax was appointed as Interim Vice-Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive from 1 February 2017.

During a long career in social housing Mr Lomax had been the Deputy Chief Executive at the Housing Corporation which was responsible for the development of new social housing in England and Wales. He then became the Managing Director of Thamesmead Town in south east London before working for the Greater London Authority on the London Plan – the spatial development for Greater London.

Mr Lomax has chaired several housing associations in England. In recent years he has advised many Boards of housing organisations on governance, development and management and merger issues. He was formerly the Interim Chief Executive of Helm Housing in Belfast. Mr Lomax holds no other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years. 

6. Media enquiries to DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3505 or email: press.office@communities-ni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974 383.

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