Cath picks up OBE from prince

Cath Purdy, OBE
Cath Purdy, OBE

THE chief executive of a housing group received an OBE from the Prince of Wales.

Cath Purdy, chief executive of the Vela Group, which includes Housing Hartlepool, has worked in the housing sector for two decades and her dedication was rewarded when she was appointed an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 44-year-old, who ran Housing Hartlepool since its formation before heading up the Vela Group, made the trip to Buckingham Palace where she was awarded the honour.

During her stewardship of Housing Hartlepool, Cath ensured the transfer of 7,000 homes in the area into ownership and oversaw housing improvements, regeneration projects and the building of new homes.

With the help of her team, Cath brought more than £100m worth of housing and community investment to the area.

Cath now overlooks the work of Housing Hartlepool and Stockton-based Tristar Homes in her new role at the Vela Group.

She said: “It was a great honour and privilege to attend Buckingham Palace and have the OBE officially bestowed upon me by the Prince of Wales.

“The honour is a reflection of the workforce at Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes and the fantastic work they have done to improve local communities.

“It is also a testament to the valuable contribution that social housing landlords make to people’s lives and the fabric of their communities and neighbourhoods.”