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Housing Heroes 2019 winners announced

The winners of the Housing Heroes awards 2019 have been announced in Manchester on the eve of Housing 2019.

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The winners at the Housing Heroes 2019 awards ceremony in Manchester (photography: Sira Studio)
The winners at the Housing Heroes 2019 awards ceremony in Manchester (photography: Sira Studio)
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The winners of Housing Heroes 2019 have been announced! Find the full list of winners here #ukhousing @_HousingHeroes @CIHHousing

Who are the #ukhousing sector’s unsung heroes? Find out the 17 winners of Housing Heroes awards #ukhousing @CIHHousing

“Wales in particular has punched above its weight this year, with almost one in four winners hailing from west of the Anglo-Welsh border.” Staff from Welsh HAs did well at @_HousingHeroes awards – find full details of the winners here #ukhousing

The ceremony once again served as a curtain-raiser to Housing 2019, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference and exhibition.

The awards, jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, recognise the commitment, passion and hard work of the unsung heroes of the housing sector.

Attending the event were more than 800 members of staff representing 100-plus organisations from across the sector, from whom this year’s judges had to choose 17 winners and 14 highly commended entries.

The winners were drawn from across the UK. Wales in particular has punched above its weight this year, with almost one in four winners hailing from west of the Anglo-Welsh border.

They include James Rides, a tenant of Taff Housing Association, who was named Tenant Innovator of the Year in recognition of his personal initiative, leadership and commitment to tackling environmental issues.

This year’s award for lifetime achievement in housing, meanwhile, went to John Synnuck, the longstanding chief executive of Essex-based Swan Housing Association.

The judges praised Mr Synnuck as an ambassador for the sector who has “taken housing into the next generation”.

The full list of winners is below:

Housing Heroes 2019: winners

Category Winner’s name Organisation
Apprentice of the Year Aiden Peppard Pendleton Together (part of Together Housing Group)
Central Service Team of the Year Business improvement team Wales & West Housing
Communications Team of the Year Communications and media team Trivallis
Customer Experience Award Responsive repairs team Orbit
Development or Maintenance Team of the Year Same-day repairs service Homes in Sedgemoor
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year Equality and diversity engagement group Network Homes
Exceptional Contribution by a CIH Member (CIH member) Julie Nicholas Monmouthshire Housing Association
Frontline Team of the Year (over 10,000 homes) Tower Hamlets Homes caretakers Tower Hamlets Homes
Frontline Team of the Year (under 10,000 homes) Anti-social behaviour team Vale of Aylesbury Housing
Inspirational Colleague of the Year Shadrack Mbatha Wolverhampton Homes
Inspirational Leader of the Year Amy Griffith Housing Plus Group
Lifetime Achievement in Housing John Synnuck Swan Housing Association
Mentor of the Year Lee Bloomfield Manningham Housing Association
Support and Care Team of the Year (under 7,000 homes) Tower Hamlets crisis house team Look Ahead
Support and Care Team of the Year (over 7,000 homes) Plus Dane/SHAP refugee resettlement team Plus Dane Housing
Tenant Innovator of the Year James Rides Taff Housing Association
Tenant Lifetime Contribution Tom Madden EastendHomes

Housing Heroes 2019: highly commended

Category Winner’s name Organisation
Apprentice of the Year Award Bethany Edge First Ark
Communications Team of the Year Communications and marketing team One Manchester
Development or Maintenance Team of the Year Property services Dunedin Canmore
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year Achieving and harnessing board diversity Together Housing Group, in partnership with Progress Housing Group
Exceptional Contribution by a CIH member Barbara Shaw Ashfords LLP
Frontline Team of the Year (over 10,000 homes) Supported housing team Aldwyck Housing Group
Frontline Team of the Year (under 10,000 homes) Community safeguarding team Poplar Harca
Inspirational Colleague of the Year Rob Widders, first response team Salix Homes
Lifetime Achievement in Housing Sue Hockett Women’s Pioneer Housing
Mentor of the Year Michael Chaplin Ashfield District Council
Support and Care Team of the Year (under 7,000 homes) Nightingale House Cadwyn Housing Association
Support and Care Team of the Year (over 7,000 homes) Care and support One Housing
Tenant Innovator of the Year Jodie Barry CCHA
Tenant Lifetime Contribution Sheila Bunt Prospect Community Housing

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The latest news headlines from the conference:

Next PM will be committed to social housing, says Brokenshire

Homes England strategic partners to get £1bn cash boost

John Healey blasts May's housing record

Don't wait for Hackitt legislation to push ahead with building safety, says MHCLG official

Theresa May: ‘social housing a victim of drive for homeownership’

‘No-deal Brexit an opportunity for housing’, claim sector figures

Banks’ appetite to lend threatens offsite take-up, warns major landlord

Minister: funding allocations should be based on joint-agency working

Sector warned that fire safety costs could eat up HRA cap windfall

Theresa May to give speech at Housing 2019 conference

Regulator ‘found no breaches’ following Dispatches programme on Sanctuary

No funding for removal of combustible balconies, says Malthouse

MHCLG housing supply chief: affordable housing grant increase ‘on the table’ for Spending Review

‘We have got to do the right thing’ on affordable housing, says land director of Homes England

Council boss warns against local authority ‘can’t do’ attitude towards housebuilding

Terrie Alafat says Spending Review must ‘make a real difference’

Sector needs £146bn from government over a decade to end housing crisis, says NHF

Savills housing sector survey: building homes more important than existing stock to housing leaders

Morning Briefing: thousands descend on Manchester for Housing 2019

 

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