Wheatley Foundation welcomes Professor Paddy Gray and John McCraw to board

International housing expert Professor Paddy Gray and John McCraw, board member of Wheatley Group’s newest subsidiary Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), have joined the board of the Wheatley Foundation.

Professor Paddy Gray

The two been appointed directors of Wheatley Foundation.

Professor Gray, professor emeritus of housing at Ulster University, said he was honoured to become involved directly in “such a wonderful force for good”.

Mr McCraw said he was delighted to support an organisation that in its first year operating in the south of Scotland had made such a “positive and powerful impact”.

Foundation chair Sir Harry Burns said: “We’re delighted to welcome on board Paddy and John. Their combined life experience, professional expertise and commitment will be invaluable in our ongoing mission to improve the life chances of people in Wheatley communities.”

Sir Harry, who is president of the British Medical Council and a former chief medical officer of Scotland, added: “The foundation has proved a lifeline to so many people through the pandemic. Our newly-strengthened board remains committed to doing all we can to help communities withstand the devastating impacts of COVID-19.”

John McCraw

Professor Gray, vice-chair of GHA and a member of Wheatley Group Board, is a former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He was named the UK’s ‘Top Power Player’ in 2017 in a survey by 24 Housing magazine.

He has published extensively internationally, nationally and regionally on a wide range of housing related topics and has served on advisory groups for the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly. He was awarded an OBE in 2020 for services to housing.

He said: “Wheatley Foundation is doing incredible work to help people out of poverty and disadvantage. Many of its programmes are innovative and ground-breaking and it has a solid reputation as a wonderful force for good.”

Mr McCraw, a long-standing DGHP tenant, who served 22 years in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and worked in a well-known Lockerbie cheese company before retiring, said: “The foundation’s record to date in Dumfries and Galloway is hugely encouraging. I’m looking forward to assisting it strengthen, broaden and deepen the great work it is doing in our local communities.”

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