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Helen praises departing CIH chief executive

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Bromford executive director Helen Collins has praised the vision and leadership shown by the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), who is standing down from her role because of ill health.

Helen paid tribute in her capacity as president of the CIH, describing Sarah Webb as one of the sector's great leaders and a pivotal figure in housing for more than 20 years.

Sarah hands over responsibility for running the housing sector's professional body to current interim deputy chief executive Grania Long on Monday.

Helen, who heads the development team at Bromford, said: "The growth and success of CIH over the last few years is testimony to Sarah's vision and leadership. Sarah is not only a remarkable CEO at CIH but one of the sector's great leaders. She has played a pivotal role in housing for over twenty years. It is a privilege to have worked so closely with her."

Her praised was mirrored by housing minister Grant Shapps, who told Inside Housing magazine: "Sarah has been a remarkable Chartered Institute of Housing leader. Her extraordinary commitment to the housing sector has been matched only by her energy and drive, which was never diminished by health concerns."

Helen, Sarah and the minister shared the stage at the Housing 2011 conference in Harrogate earlier this summer, when the Bromford executive director succeeded as CIH president.

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