Competition seeks the best young talent in the housing sector
Rising Stars 2012 finalists announced
The finalists of Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Rising Stars competition to find the most talented young housing professionals have been announced.
The successful candidates are Scott Bryant from Monmouthshire Housing Association; Dean Slavin from Parkway Green Housing Trust; and Inti Popat from LHA-Asra.
The three finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges, including the winner of last year’s Rising Stars competition Carla Keegans, head of policy and involvement at City of London, former housing minister and MP for Woolwich Nick Raynsford, CIH president Robin Lawler, and editor of Inside Housing Stuart Macdonald.
To enter the contest, applicants wrote a 500-word piece discussing: ‘It’s 2015 and you’ve just become housing minister. What’s in your first green paper?’
The judges described Mr Bryant as having a ‘good grasp of the big picture and on the need for a collective voice for housing’.
Mr Slavin was ‘very clear and his argument was easy to understand’. His entry was particularly relevant to the challenges the sector currently faces, they said.
They summed up Mr Popat as, ‘fizzing with ideas and energy’.
The finalists’ next challenge is to develop their ideas to present at the CIH annual conference and exhibition in Manchester next month.
The winner will shadow the housing minister for a day and receive £1,000 to spend on career development. They will also have opportunities to write for Inside Housing and receive free invites to CIH conferences.
Rising Stars 2012: the finalists
- Scott Bryant, 24, is a policy and projects officer at 3,900-home Monmouthshire Housing Association in Wales
- Dean Slavin, 29, is a resident involvement manager at 5,725-home Parkway Green Housing Trust in Manchester
- Inti Popat, 32, is a supported housing management officer at 13,000-home LHA-Asra, which operates in the midlands and London
To vote for the person you think should win Rising Stars, and find out more about the contest, visit our Rising Stars page