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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Housing association chief honoured for career dedicated to social housing Housing association chief honoured for career dedicated to social housing

A housing association chief executive has been honoured for a career in social housing spanning nearly 30 years.

Mike Tyrrell, chief executive of East London-based Tower Hamlets Community Housing (THCH), has received a civic award from Tower Hamlets council.

Mike, who has lived in Tower Hamlets almost all his life, has worked in social housing in the East End of London for 29 years. Starting his career as a housing officer in 1985 with the London Borough of Newham, he worked his way through the sector where, by the mid-1990s, he was head of area housing services at Tower Hamlets Council.

When THCH was formed in 2000 through a stock transfer from the council, Mike became chief executive and has led the organisation through a multi-million pound refurbishment programme which brought the association's homes up to decent homes standard ahead of target, has seen THCH significantly reduce overcrowding whilst maintaining one of the highest levels of resident satisfaction for an inner London housing association.

The award recognises the contribution Mike has made, not just in social housing in Tower Hamlets but for his charitable work - which includes being one of the founders of the Ragged School Museum in 1985, as a director of the Ocean Regeneration Trust, a director and chair of the Parmiter's Almshouse and Pension Charity and as a trustee of the Parmiter's Education Fund (Bethnal Green).

On receiving the award, Mike said: "I really enjoy my job and playing my part as a resident of Tower Hamlets. I feel a bit of a fraud to receive this award for simply doing what I enjoy; however, it is a real honour that I will share with my colleagues at THCH and the wonderful residents of Tower Hamlets."

Picture copyright: Rehan Jamil

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