Chief Executive

Grainia Long

Grainia Long is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland and one of the largest publically owned social landlords in Europe.  

Previously, Grainia was the Commissioner for Resilience for the city of Belfast, and co-Chaired the Belfast Climate Commission.

Grainia was also the Chief Executive of the National Child Protection Charity in the Republic of Ireland, ISPCC Childline. This position followed several years working in housing, including as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and previously National Director of the CIH in Northern Ireland.   

She has served two terms as a member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was a member of the Lyons Commission on Housing Supply and Advisor to the Best Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland. 

With extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director, she spent six years as Senior Independent Director at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Trust, a social housing provider in England.

Grainia is currently a Board Member of the CEF (Chief Executive’s Forum), and is Chair of Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITICNI) Environmental Leadership Team.


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