The competition has started to find the housing sector’s Rising Star of 2015 and readers can now vote for their favourite candidate from our shortlist of three.

Not only will the victor secure the accolade of being crowned the Rising Star of 2015 but they will also get the chance to – among other things - guest edit Inside Housing for a day, be a VIP at the Chartered Institute of Housing 2016 presidential dinner and shadow a senior mentor for the day.

The finalists will be taking part in a range of exciting and interesting tasks between now and 19 June. The winner will be announced at the Housing Heroes dinner and awards ceremony in Manchester on 22 June at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference.

This year’s competition is particularly exciting because the winners will be at the forefront of change after the May 2015 general election. Who will it be? Now it’s over to you to decide.

Top 3 rising stars

Julie Wass
Customer service senior
North Lincolnshire Homes

Sarah Thompson
Lead officer for housing
Selby District Council

Caitlin Farrow
Strategy policy manager

Julie Wass

Chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium


Julie Wass, 31, is a customer service senior at 10,000-home North Lincolnshire Homes, part of Ongo. Julie applied to join the company in 2010, after working in a variety of public service delivery roles in local government.

Since joining the company, Ms Wass has been a successful contributor to the improvement of service delivery and is an ambassador for customer service excellence and embedding diversity. While at Ongo, Ms Wass has been promoted four times, gained qualifications in leadership and is currently studying towards the CIH certificate in housing practice.

Sarah Thompson

Chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium


Sarah Thompson left college in 1999 with a business studies qualification and worked in a bank collecting mortgage arrears. After a stint there, she took her collection skills to Selby District Council as a revenues assistant collecting unpaid rent arrears in 2014.

In 2006, she moved into an area housing officer role, developing her career through various secondment and training opportunities. She recently became lead officer for the housing service, where she has responsibility for housing management, housing support, private sector housing and homelessness.

Caitlin Farrow

Chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium


Caitlin Farrow, 31, is strategy and policy manager in the chief executive’s office at 27,000-home Peabody. She joined Peabody in September 2014, following four years in the policy and research team at Newham Council.

During her time at Newham – working on projects such as private rented sector licensing and rethinking housing allocations – her passion for housing was ignited. Ms Farrow graduated with a master’s degree in global citizenship and a BA in sociology from the University of Nottingham. She has previously worked for an MP and as project manager for Health Improvement Project Zanzibar in Tanzania.

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Twitter Q & A with this year's Rising Stars finalists

28/05/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Find out what answers this year’s Rising Stars finalists gave during a Twitter Q & A session