Roy Irwin, the Sheffield-born former chief inspector for the Audit Commission, became the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award at the UK Housing Awards in London last night.
Roy, who has worked in housing since 1972, was nominated for the impact his work has had on the day-to-day lives of tenants.
People who voted said he ‘helped numerous councils and associations to improve beyond recognition and made sure hundreds of housing organisations improved services for millions of tenants.’
Roy’s career in housing started in his home city of Sheffield as a trainee in the housing allocations team and he later became an area housing manager.
He later moved to Derby Council and then to Bristol. Last year he left the Audit Commission after more than ten years in post.