The inaugural 24housing Diversity in Housing awards took place on May 10th 2018, with 11 individual and team awards being given out to a range of categories, including the highly coveted 'Lifetime Achievement'
The judging panel, consisting of Steve Hayes, Cordelia Osewa-Ediae, Alison Muir, Miles Lanham and Cam Kinsella had a tough day sorting through our shortlist to ensure the awards celebrated the best of the best.
Hosted at Villa Park in Birmingham, the event, hosted by the brilliant comedian Zoe Lyons, the 11 awards and three course dinner were followed with live music from Herefordians Call of the Kraken, who took us through to the early morning to top off a fantastic evening of celebration.
Below you will find the winners of each category, for those who either missed out on attending or who consumed too much drink to remember ...!
Judges comment: "He is not only a role model for one section of the community, he inspires many different ones. A great person."
Highly Commended - Danielle Oliver, Riverside
Judges comment: "Both professional and modest, them building to a lifetime standard is exemplary."
Judges comment: "He has a list as long as your arm on diversity issues. A true role model."
Judges comment: "Tackling difficult challenges in the community. Facing up to what others would shy away from."
Highly Commended - Stonewall Housing
Judges comment: "Their work in schools is a great idea and will have a long term impact."
Highly Commended - Altair (Leadership 2025) and Hastoe
Judges comment: "Working outside the day job to reach the wider community. Great role model."
Judges comment: "She has a big reach outside of the housing association. Plus an inspiring back story."
Judges comment: "Impressive campaigning. A comms approach that was driven by what they wanted to achieve."
Highly Commended - #UKHousingFast and Ashley Community Housing
Judges comment: "A real thought-through programme, not a one-off but a continual effort."
Highly Commended - Women in Social Housing (WISH)
Judges comment: "Wide ranging initiatives that look to promote diversity and inclusion."
Highly Commended - Riverside
Judges comment: "The network they have created shows a great reach and potential to succeed."
Highly Commended - Pine Court Housing Association (Sovini Group)