Women in Housing 2016 awards winners

The winners of the 2016 Women in Housing Awards were announced last night at a salubrious event.

WIH Awards 2016

Recognised as one of the most important events in the housing sector, the Women in Housing Awards are now in their 4th year and were held at the prestigious Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

The awards recognise and celebrate the talent and achievements of women across the UK housing sector and attracted and impressive 250+ nominations over 10 categories.  The winners were determined by an independent panel of 15 Judges.


The ceremony was hosted by Liz Green, multi award winning radio presenter and producer at BBC Leeds and the winners were presented with their awards by guest speaker, Lorraine Pascale, who is one of the UK’s most talented, versatile and highly qualified TV chefs.


During the ceremony, over £2000 was raised for Girls Out Loud, a charity which inspires a whole generation of young girls across the UK to become confident all-round citizens.

The 2016 Women in Housing Award winners are:


Most Effective Project in Improving the Lives of Women or Communities

Francesca Colloca/Chrisp Street Exchange Programme – ACCENTS Team at Poplar HARCA

Best Marketing or Promotional Campaign Award

Rachel Harrison, A Life More Noble – Communications Team, Octavia

Young Achiever – Housing & Community Development Award

Claire Goodworth – Progress Housing Group

Best Female Apprentice/Trainee Award

Jay Ann McCabe – One Manchester

Leading Female Mentor/Coach Award

Nicola King – Aragon Housing Association

Most Effective Woman Board Member Award

Nicola Evans – Merthyr Valley Homes

Best Community Unsung Hero Award

Dawn Dudding – asra Housing Group

Best Woman Consultant Award

Katrina Laud – Savills

Exemplary Housing Professional Award

Oona Goldsworthy – United Communities

Landmark Achievement Award

Geraldine Howley – Incommunities


Penni Pennington, director of connect In Events, said: “The Women in Housing Conference and Awards continue to go from strength-to-strength. 2016 has seen a tremendous number of nominations and I was astounded with the quality of the entries, which left our 15 judges with an immensely difficult task.

“All of our judges share my passion for acknowledging the hard work, dedication and commitment of women who work within the housing sector and I know that they echo my sentiments in congratulating all of our finalists and deserving winners.”


Preceding the Women in Housing Awards, was the 2016 Women in Housing Conference which brought together all levels of women from the housing sector.

The conference attracted over 150 delegates, who were drawn by the high calibre, inspirational speakers, topical workshops and unique networking opportunity.