After a tense few weeks and more than 9,000 online votes, we can now officially reveal the final 10 candidates for this year’s 24housing Young Leaders award.
Listed below, in no particular order, are the ambitious young housing professionals who will go forward to the semi-final roundtable at the National Housing Federation offices in London on Thursday 16 July where they will be asked to present their ideas on what housing associations will look like in the year 2020.
Based on their performance, our expert panel of judges will decide the five ‘lucky’ finalists who get to battle it out live on stage at the National Housing Federation conference in September.
Our judges this year are:
» David Orr, chief executive, National Housing Federation
» Vanessa Howell, head of professional standards, Chartered Institute of Housing
» Steve Douglas, partner, Altair
» Katie Bond, director of Notting Hill Homeownership, Notting Hill Housing Trust and 2014 Young Leaders Award winner
» Jon Land, editor, 24housing
Now in its fifth year, the competition has rapidly grown in popularity since its inception in 2011, becoming one of the most talked about and prestigious events in the housing calendar.
In 2015 we are pleased to reveal that following last year’s exciting live final at the National Housing Federation’s annual conference in Birmingham, this year’s five finalists will once again get to make their ultimate pitches at this year’s conference in September.
With the sector facing unprecedented pressures, we want to see tomorrow’s talent now; the people with the flair to lead us out of the gloom.
The entries for this year's award were better than ever and the competition looks set to be fierce. Following a difficult shortlisting stage our online public vote to decide the final 10 is now open.
The lucky, and no doubt nervous, final 10 will then be invited to a special presentation day at the NHF’s headquarters in London to explain and thrash out their big ideas, and where our judges will decide who will go through to the live final in September.
Jon Pendrill, director at Maxmedia, which is sponsoring this year’s Young Leaders Award, said: “Over the past four years there have been some truly amazing people recognised as inspiring young leaders, demonstrating what a brilliant sector social housing is to work in.
“Across the UK they are making a huge difference to so many lives in our communities and neighbourhoods. Good luck to everyone nominated in 2015, we look forward to sharing this experience with you.”
The stage was set – literally. For the first time, 24housing’s final five Young Leaders Award hopefuls were required to present their vision for solving the housing crisis before a packed audience at the National Housing Federation conference. Fingernails were shredded; knees were knocked. And that was just us. In actuality, our five finalists demonstrated nerves of steel and delivered incredible presentations to a captivated auditorium. But there could be only one winner, and 24housing’s Young Leader for 2014 is…