Sunday, 20 April 2014

Stonewall names ex-housing boss as gay champion

A housing association chief executive who left his post suddenly at the end of last year has been named as Stonewall’s individual champion of the year.

Bill Payne, the former chief executive of Metropolitan Housing Group, won individual champion of the year at the gay, lesbian and bisexual equality charity’s awards ceremony last night.

Mr Payne said the award was a ‘phenomenally wonderful honour’ and that prejudice against gay employees is ‘shameful in a world where people should be treated with dignity’.

He said: ‘If housing associations can’t embody the moral and business imperative for hiring gay staff then heaven’s above knows who will.’

Five housing associations made Stonewall’s list of the top 100 employers published on Wednesday.

Metropolitan Housing Group was rated the most welcoming to gay staff in the housing sector and placed fifth overall.

A spokesperson for Stonewall said it was the first time they had included the category of individual champion, and had awarded it to Mr Payne based on the evidence submitted by staff at the surveyed companies.

He said: ‘It’s because he has been so influential in driving forward change and inclusion and it was really noticeable.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • How refreshing, congratulations to Bill. I worked previously at one of the providers now on the list. Glad to see things have shifted for the good since I was there.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register

Related

Articles

  • Housing organisation named Britain's most gay-friendly employer

    15 January 2014

    A housing association has scooped an award for the most gay-friendly organisation in Britain - the first ever housing organisation to do so.

  • Room for improvement

    13/09/2013

    Social housing providers claim to be committed to equality and diversity, but are they living up to the hype? The Housing Diversity Network conducted a survey to find out. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Homelessness charities benefit from £2.8m pot

    21 May 2013

    Umbrella-group London Councils has handed over £2.8 million to eight projects tackling homelessness in the capital.

  • Back in action

    31/05/2013

    Fervent socialist Linda Bellos is no stranger to controversy. But after a few years out, the ex-leader of Lambeth Council is back, and makes it clear to Jess McCabe that she has no intention of toning down her views, especially on social housing

  • Winners announced at ALMO awards

    10 July 2013

    The winners of the seventh annual National Federation of Arm’s-Length Management Organisations Awards were announced last night at a ceremony in Manchester.

Resources

  • The dangers of damp

    30/08/2013

    Landlords should take damp and mould seriously to avoid conviction, says Timothy Waitt

  • Room for dignity

    14/02/2014

    A new toolkit aims to help smaller housing associations address the needs of residents suffering from dementia. Caroline Thorpe reports

  • You are where you live

    21/06/2013

    Stunning views and elegant Georgian architecture aren’t necessarily what you would expect from a homelessness hostel. Caroline Thorpe investigates why one charity thinks a beautiful location is key to its success

  • The elephant in the room

    23/08/2013

    Mental health is still a taboo subject, especially in the workplace. Here, Lydia Stockdale finds out what one former housing worker is doing to get it out in the open

  • The apprentice

    17/01/2014

    Faced with thousands of pounds of debt and uncertain job prospects, school leavers are increasingly taking up apprenticeships as an alternative to university. Gwen Smith meets apprentice turned housing officer Jordan McKenna to discover the benefits of learning on the job