The Hunter’s business leader of the year has also been elected to another more senior role within a United Nations’ sponsored forum and picked up an Australasian award.
Group managing director of Compass Housing Services, Greg Budworth, has been elected as vice president of the UN Habitat General Assembly of Partners (GAP). He was elected after votes by the Executive Council. Mr Budworth is also the co-chair, UN Habitat Civil Society Organisations Partner Constituent Group (PCG). He was re-elected to a second term (2017-19) in that role.
The new role is another string to Mr Budworth’s bow of accolades. He took out the Outstanding Achievement Award for an individual at the Australasian Housing Institute's Awards in Sydney on November 29. He took out the NSW Award in July and was a finalist in the national awards with the other winner from each Australian state and New Zealand. In August he was named Hunter Business Leader of the Year in the 2017 Hunter Business Awards. The organisation he heads, Compass Housing, was also named Business of the Year.
He said he was honoured to be elected for the GAP role from a group of some esteemed colleagues from around the world.
GAP members contribute to the implementation of Habitat III, a global program advancement of new ideas and ways of doing things in the field of sustainable urban development, and its New Urban Agenda 20-year outcome document. Mr Budworth contributed to the development of the New Urban Agenda and, along with Australia’s Ambassador to the UN, was part of the Australian delegation at Habitat III.
Mr Budworth said his job was made easier by his excellent team who continually strive for excellence in the provision of housing for tenants and display care, diligence and hard work.
"Community housing is an important piece of community infrastructure that makes a fundamental difference to people's lives," Mr Budworth said.
“My vision is for GAP to grows into a wider, more inclusive and engaging consultative platform that gets the New Urban Agenda implemented globally,” he said.
“Locally, I want to see Australia implement the New Urban Agenda including developing a national housing plan linked to other economic development and infrastructure plans.”
Under Mr Budworth’s leadership, Compass Housing has grown to be an international community housing provider managing more than 4,600 properties and community development projects in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. It has been an accredited organisation with Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic & Social Council (UNECOSOC) since 2016.
Greg Budworth is available for interview. Contact Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.