New Charter's Chief Executive honoured with OBE

03 January 2017
Ian Munro, New Charter Group Chief Executive volunteering with The Big Issue in the North to help the homeless

Greater Manchester-based housing boss Ian Munro has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2017.

Ian, Chief Executive at Jigsaw Group, which owns 19,500 homes across Tameside, Oldham and Nottingham, was honoured for his leading role in the sector.

Now living in Cheshire, but originally from the North East, Ian has worked in environmental health and housing for more than 40 years.

He became a director of housing in Tameside in 1992 where he supervised of one of the country’s first housing renewal areas.

In 2000, Ian led the transfer of Tameside council’s housing to New Charter which, at the time, was England’s largest voluntary stock transfer.

Since then, Jigsaw Group has grown significantly and now includes housing associations, Aksa Homes in Oldham, Gedling Homes in Nottingham, and homelessness charity Threshold.

Under Ian’s leadership, the Group has also moved into other areas to help support families and communities including education with the sponsorship of four Greater Manchester schools through its Great Academies Education Trust and a partnership with a commercial radio station and local news organisation.

Today, Ian has an influential role in Greater Manchester’s devolution and making sure housing is best placed to help deliver a range of health and social care services across the region.

Ian, 62, added: “It’s incredible to think I have been nominated for this award and I am delighted to think the things I have done to try to make a difference to people’s lives over the past 40 years have been recognised. I also regard it a tribute to the brilliant people I work with.”