The chief executive of one of the Midlands largest housing associations has honoured by a city university.

Dr Chris Handy OBE, who leads the Accord Group of housing organisations, has been named as the Visiting Professor of Governance at Birmingham City University’s BusinessSchool.

The three year role will see Dr Handy involved in students’ learning in relation to the key changes in regulation in both the public and private sectors and the structure of boards and committees. He will also work within the Business School’s Research Group focusing on governance and corporate social responsibility.

The 58-year-old said: “I am thrilled and honoured to become a Visiting Professor in Governance with the University.

“I have a passion for ethical business and over 20-years of experience of working for Accord, so to be offered the chance to share this with the business leaders of tomorrow is very exciting.”

Professor Robin Pritchard, who leads the specialist Centre for Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management at the university, added: “Chris is a leader in his field, particularly regarding setting good governance in a social housing and not for profit organisational context.

“I am sure that together there are many significant opportunities for us to work together for the benefit of both students and the governance profession.”