Young Leaders: Top 10 revealed

After thousands of online votes, we are delighted to reveal the semi-finalists of this year’s Young Leaders competition.

The nominees have been listed in no particular order, and will now travel to the National Housing Federation (NHF) offices in London on the 7th of June to speak in front of a panel of top judges.

Based on their performance, the panel will decide which five get to battle it out live on stage at the NHF annual conference in September.

Without further ado, here they are, the Young Leader semi-finalists!


Beckie takes her responsibilities seriously, thrives on challenges and will always go the extra mile. She specialises in all things digital, earning the nickname ‘Techie Beckie’. As social media has grown to become an essential marketing tool, she has also significantly grown Plus Dane’s followers and reach. Becky is a team leader who is always willing to go the extra mile.



Joe has garnered experience in a wide range of housing specialisms to ensure that, when the time comes, his leadership is underpinned with experience and authenticity. Joe’s group focussed on the voids process, and his experience led the group to make a series of recommendations on how to reduce the cost of void properties.



Tommy displays a can-do approach to everything he does and exudes a maturity well beyond his years. He is currently managing a significant contract for United Living, and the demands of this partnership mean he regularly engages with residents, housing consultation committees, as well the senior execs and directors of Westminster City Council.



Lara is solution focused, and no challenge is ever too much. She ensures colleagues and consultants work together as a team; cultivates working relationships at all levels in the business; and rather than contact colleagues remotely, will visit their desks to discuss challenges and resolve them.



Jason has successfully created a team from scratch and built effective relationships with key stakeholders across the settle. He is also the business’s public face, and has quickly built strong relationships, not just through his technical expertise but through his leadership style. He is open, reliable and collaborative, always seeking solutions that work for all parties.



It took Samehra less than two years since joining the social housing sector to progress to senior housing officer. She manages a complex patch of supported housing, covering both extra care and Rough Sleepers Initiative housing. One of the values that marks Samehra out for leadership is her integrity and moral compass, which guide everything she does.



Katie has improved Grand Union’s HR team in many ways, not least by helping streamline processes for invoices and recording new joiner ‘buddy’ meetings. She supports managers with recruitment and employee relations issues and has quickly established herself as a trusted colleague and someone that people can turn to. Katie has a positive attitude to work and has made a real difference to Grand Union.



Sophie has a natural coaching ability and has been able to provide the support required for her team and colleagues when required. She received exceptional scores in the ‘My Manager’ section of the recent Best Companies survey, where she was recognised for her ability to support, develop and coach her staff to excel at their role.



Shauna is currently chair of the Information and Consultation Committee, a forum of elected staff representatives who act as a channel for meaningful and formal communication between management and staff. She is always balanced in her approach and is very skilled in taking the heat out of situations where other ICC reps might allow emotion to sway a more objective discussion.



The strength of Matt’s leadership and resolve is quite remarkable. Nothing deters him, from emerging defiant from a period of personal trauma to being accountable for the actions of teams and individuals to produce great customer service. During a recent restructure, Matt successfully scored higher than all other candidates and was appointed to Delivery Manager within Empty Homes.