Young Leaders 2018 winner revealed

Katie Howells of Merthyr Valleys Homes has been crowned Young Leader 2018.

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Katie Howells battled through a tough final to win Young Leaders 2018.

Pitching her ideas on what the sector could do to end youth homelessness, she impressed judges with her implementable ideas.

She used the model of Housing First for Youth in Canada to show what could be achieved here if housing associations worked together to actively end youth homelessness.

She also impressed during the Q&A session afterwards, saying that “you don’t have to be a CEO to lead in an organisation”, which received rapturous applause from the audience.

The National Housing Federation’s Summit, where the final was held, was once again in awe of our finalists.

All the presentations by the finalists were given a great reception, with the judges acknowledging that the competition was extremely tight.

The Q&A, which was hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, allowed the finalists to further show their ideas and thoughts on a range of topics in housing such as tenant wellbeing, attracting new staff and when they would each like to be a CEO.

David Orr presented the award during his farewell speech, calling Young Leaders one of his favourite parts of the year.

There will be a full write-up of the final and the 30 under 30 list in our October edition of the magazine.

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