We’re celebrating after two of our staff were shortlisted for a high profile housing award.
Julie Blagden, who manages operations and Lynne Harrison, the customer engagement officer, are both shortlisted for the Women in Housing awards, held in Manchester this September. Julie has been shortlisted for her work leading Pendleton Together through the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst Lynne’s nomination is for Inclusion Champion, following her work around the Pendleton Together inclusion programme, FREDIE (Fairness, respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement).
Michelle Allott, Director at Together Housing Group, said both the nominations were well deserved: “Our customers, staff and communities have been through a difficult period and it’s needed great leaders and organisers to ensure that plans are in place to keep delivering services and that no group is forgotten about in the delivery. Julie’s exceptional leadership and Lynne’s dedication to under-represented communities are just two examples from a whole team approach. Together Housing Group is proud of our diverse leadership and its great to be celebrating women who are outstanding in what they do.”
Julie Blagden added: “For me, Pendleton Together is a team who have pulled together to support our customers through a particularly difficult time. As operations manager, my role is simply to keep that team running, so it’s both humbling and overwhelming to be shortlisted for this award.”
Lynne Harrison added: “Salford has many a diverse communities, all of whom share a passion for the city that is their home. As a provider of homes, I want to ensure we reflect that diversity and awards like this shine a light on the work so many in the community are doing to bring people together. I’m honoured to be able to represent many of these groups in what I’m doing.”
The final awards, which are run by Inside Housing and Chartered Institute For Housing, will be announced on 7th September.