NOV 00] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Housing Boss Rewarded For Efforts
Housing Association chief executive Bill Martin has been
presented with an honorary degree by Coventry University for his
efforts in improving the city’s urban areas.
who has been chief executive for more than 20 years, received
the Honorary Master of Arts degree at Coventry Cathedral.
university's governors wanted to honour Bill for his
contribution to the area over three decades.
the 1970s, he was heavily involved in the urban renewal process,
which led to a series of initiatives to improve housing in
Coventry's inner city, Hillfields and Foleshill areas.
brought home ownership and shared ownership to tenants who might
not otherwise have had the opportunity to own their homes, in
the 1980s, during which he also began to develop the ExtraCare
Charitable Trust, which introduced a high level of supported
housing to older people in the city.
1980s and 90s saw Bill address the needs of elderly people with
limited resources, when he developed the Sundowners concept.
who is 61, said:
is a great honour for me. What I've done down the years - all
of it with a huge amount of help, support and encouragement -
has, I hope, enabled people in Coventry to live in homes they
are proud of, and which are comfortable and secure.
have that work recognised by Coventry University in this way
is a real bonus."
as an engineer, Bill spent the first part of his working life in
industry - including working for blue chip companies such as
Kodak and the British Aircraft Corporation.
career change saw him join Coventry Churches Housing Association
as housing and development manager, in 1976.
moved into the chief executive role in 1979, continuing CCHAs
policy of developing new and imaginative ways of providing low
cost homes and high quality housing management services.
contribution to voluntary housing was recognised in 1988, when
he was awarded the OBE.
is a past vice-chairman of Coventry Council of Churches and has
been an executive member of Coventry Voluntary Services Council.
has also been active on the regional executive of the National
Federation of Housing Associations, a presenter at Institute of
Housing conferences, and involved in policy development groups
with senior housing professionals and government officials.
is married and has two children and five grandchildren. Outside
Touchstone he enjoys playing golf.