THERE was a standing ovation at last night’s Northern Housing Awards for the winner of Tenant of the Year, Muir Group Housing’s Daniel Pendlebury (pictured).
That’s fitting, and not only because of his tireless efforts to help vulnerable people through the work of the Northwich in Need voluntary group he founded in 2016.
It’s also fitting because ultimately, the work of the social housing sector is all about the people and the communities where they work, so you could say it’s only right that the audience take a moment to applaud the people they serve.
The Northern Housing Awards, of course, celebrates the achievements of the sector here in the regions that make up the Northern Powerhouse. It very much represents the North’s chance to shout about itself and make the housing sector’s works known to a wider audience.
And it’s not just the housing providers that are honoured – but also the work of their partners, their supply chains, and indeed the tenants. It’s a collaborative effort, making great places and fostering great communities where people want to live and work.
Guest speaker, Fiona MacGregor, chief executive of the Regulator of Social Housing, acknowledged the importance of collaboration – and its place in the Northern spirit – during her speech. “If you choose to work in housing, it really captures your heart and your soul,” she said.
The night proved a resounding success, exceeding last year’s sell-out inaugural event at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. This year, over 700 people gathered at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, to honour the sector’s work.
Hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse the event was organised by UK Business Events (UKBE) in partnership with Northern Housing magazine.
A raffle prize draw raised over £3,000 for the event’s chosen charity, CLIC Sargent, which provides support for children being treated for cancer. Last year, the charity’s teams at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Christie Hospital supported 478 children and young people, and their families.
The event was sponsored by Barclays, Connolly, Central Networks & Technologies and Fujitsu, Fortem, Insurend, Mulbury, Orchard, Fusion21, Procure Plus, and Sovini Trade Supplies. The tweet wall was sponsored by Voicescape while Wates sponsored the event’s drinks reception.
The judging panel drew on expertise from across the sector. They were Mike Brogan, chief executive of Procure Plus; Mandy Elliott, chief executive of Crosby Housing Association; Caroline Gitsham, managing director of Caroline L Gitsham Consulting; Janet Hale, chair, Progress Housing Group; Tracy Harrison, chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium; Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group; Lizzie House, surveyor, Savills; Alun Hughes, chartered surveyor; Robin Lawler, chief executive, Northwards Housing; Julie Marsh, executive director of neighbourhood management, South Liverpool Homes; Phil Morgan, housing professional; Dave Neilson, chief executive, Fusion21; Teresa Parker, director of care, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Trust; John Paterson, director, ARK Consultancy; Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, director of housing and inclusion, West Lancashire Borough Council; Mel Smith, chair of the North East CIH; Andrew van Doorn, chief executive, HACT; and Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Gentoo Group.
Once again, the Northern Housing Awards attracted a wealth of quality entries. The judges certainly had their work cut out deciding on the ultimate winners. A big round of applause for them, and for everyone who took part.
Main Image: Tenant of the Year Daniel Pendlebury (centre) with host Justin Moorhouse and judging panel member Phil Morgan.
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The winners of the Northern Housing Awards 2019 were:
Best Resident Involvement Initiative
Sponsored by: Sovini Trade Supplies
Winner: Jigsaw Homes Group
Shortlist: Connolly, Gentoo Group, Great Places Housing Group, Jigsaw Homes Group, Muir Group Housing Association, South Liverpool Homes, South Tyneside Homes, Thirteen
Development Programme of the Year
Sponsored by: Barclays
Winner: Blackpool Housing Company
Shortlist: Berneslai Homes; Blackpool Housing Company; believe housing; Newcastle City Council; Rotherham Council; Yorkshire Housing
Best Digital Inclusion Initiative
Winner: Your Homes Newcastle
Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by: Central Networks & Technologies and Fujitsu
Shortlist: Bolton at Home; Magenta Living; South Liverpool Homes; Stockport Homes Group and B4Box; The Casey Group; Thirteen
Best Digital Transformation
Sponsored by: Orchard
Winner: Gas Tag
Shortlist: Central Networks and Technologies; Gas Tag; Gentoo Group; Places for People Homes; Salix Homes; South Tyneside Homes; Switchee; The Compliance Workbook
Supported/Sheltered Housing Scheme of the Year
Winner: Hafan Cefni Extra Care Scheme – Clwyd Alyn
Regeneration Scheme of the Year
Sponsored by: Insurend
Winner: Queens Park – Blackpool Council
Shortlist: Flint Town Centre, Flintshire County Council and ClwydAlyn; Park Hill, Sheffield, Urban Splash & Places for People JV; Preston Road Regeneration Scheme, Hull, Fortem and Hull City Council; Queens Park, Blackpool Council; The Poets, Swinton, Salford, Salix Homes; The Watchfactory, Prescot, Knowsley, Knowsley Housing Trust
Excellence in Improving Private Rented Sector Standards
Winner: Salix Living
Shortlist: City of York Council; Newcastle City Council; Placefirst; Salix Living; Sheffield City Council; The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance
Best Initiative for Tackling Homelessness
Sponsored by: Connolly ltd
Winner: Greater Manchester Homes Partnership
Shortlist: Bridge-It Housing UK Team; Greater Manchester Homes Partnership; Jigsaw Homes Group; Locata Housing Services; My Space Housing Solutions; Newcastle City Council; South Liverpool Homes; Thirteen
Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year
Winner: Ogdens Tobacco Factory – Torus
Shortlist: Alexander Gardens, Salix Homes; Blackbird Grange, One Vision Housing; Hillcrag, Gentoo Homes; Horsforth, Leeds, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association; Ogdens Tobacco Factory, Torus; Oswin Grove, Broadacres Housing Association; The Cuttings, Harrogate Neighbours; The Sidings, Railway Housing Association
Resident Support/Advice Programme of the Year
Winner: Calico Homes
Shortlist: Berneslai Homes; Broadacres Housing Association; Calico Homes; believe housing; Jigsaw Group; Places for People Living+; Plus Dane Housing; The Guinness Partnership
Partnering Scheme of the Year
Winner: Stockport Homes Group
Shortlist: Berneslai Homes; Ambition Construction Employment, Connolly; Galliford Try Partnerships; Johnnie Johnson Housing; Magenta Living; Places for People Neighbourhoods; Stockport Homes Group; The Gateway, Warrington Housing Association
Consultancy of the Year
Shortlist: ARK Consultancy; Croftons Solicitors; Curtins; Pennington Choices; PIMSS Data Systems; Resolve ASB; Vantage; Wilkinson Cowan Partnership
Supplier of the Year
Winner: Active Housing by Hallnet
Shortlist: Alertacall; Active Housing by Hallnet Ltd; Hyperoptic; Key Management Systems; PROCare Wet Room and Bathroom Specialists; Rexel UK; SovinI Trade Supplies; Switch2 Energy
Contractor of the Year
Winner: The Casey Group
Shortlist: Avela Home Service; Connolly; Fieldway Group; Galliford Try Partnerships; Golden Lane Housing; Jackson, Jackson and Sons; The Casey Group
Local Authority of the Year
Sponsored by: Fortem
Winner: Newcastle City Council
Shortlist: Calderdale Council; Newcastle City Council; West Lancashire Borough Council
Landlord of the Year
Sponsored by: Mulbury
Winner: Stockport Homes Group
Shortlist: Cobalt Housing; Community Gateway Association; Muir Group Housing Association; One Manchester; South Liverpool Homes; South Tyneside Homes; St Leger Homes of Doncaster; Stockport Homes Group
Tenant of the Year
Winner: Daniel Pendlebury – Muir Group Housing Association
Shortlist: Daniel Pendlebury, Muir Group Housing Association; Matthew Hodgkinson, Irwell Valley Homes; Maureen Tennison, St Leger Homes of Doncaster