The judging panel for 2020 will be announced shortly

The 2019 Judging panel

Phil Morgan

Housing Professional

Phil has specialised in resident involvement and scrutiny for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of TPAS for 10 years and then Executive Director of Tenant Services at the Regulator of Social Housing. Currently he works with both Housing Associations and Councils. He is also a Board Member of the Guinness Partnership, Chair of Healthwatch Salford and on the Panel of Advisors to the Housing Ombudsman.

Dave Neilson

Chief Executive, Fusion21

Responsible for the overall strategic management and future direction of Fusion21 since 2004, Dave is instrumental in shaping the organisation’s vision and is a champion for innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Acting as a strategic change agent and champion of ethical and social business he has ensured strong growth for Fusion21 which has procured more than £940M in contracts to date.

Having worked in the housing sector for over 25 years, Dave has developedhigh level relationships at local, regional and national levels and also has considerable non-executive experience in social enterprise, CVS and community interest companies.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey

Director of Housing & Inclusion at West Lancashire Borough Council

Jacqui is currently Director of Housing & Inclusion at West Lancashire Borough Council having spent over 30 years in the sector. She is responsible for the Council’s retained housing stock, delivering the Council’s housing development and regeneration programmes, development company, housing strategy, private sector housing, homelessness, council tax and NNDR, housing benefits and has corporate responsibility for customer experience, communications, IT and business transformation.

Jacqui has 15 years’ experience at Executive Director level, 10 of which were spent developing a successful stock transfer organisation in Cheshire. She is passionate about inclusiveness, authentic leadership and helping people deliver social impact through their work.

Jacqui also has significant experience as a board member and trustee in a range of businesses including RSL, social enterprises, partnerships, voluntary organisations and is currently on the ARCH executive board.

Mike Brogan

CEO, Procure Plus Ltd

Mike began his career with a national financial services provider, working at a senior level in sales and operations management, but 15 years ago he decided to give something back to the community and began working with Grosvenor Housing Association, helping the organisation to build social enterprises. It was one of these ventures which became the seminal project for what is now Procure Plus Limited.

After eight years, Procure Plus is now recognised as the market leader in its field, setting the standard for socially responsible organisations of its kind. Mike’s professional experiences during the past 10 years with Procure Plus – focusing on socio and economic regeneration – has led to his working with Cabinet Office, Homes and Communities Agency and HM Treasury as an advisor and member of several task forces in this field. He can advise on best practice for collaborative working in the social housing sector with a particular emphasis on how to make the money invested work harder.

Robin Lawler

Chief Executive of Northwards Housing

Robin is the Chief Executive of Northwards Housing, the 3 Star ALMO set up to manage & improve the Council’s 13,500 homes in North Manchester. He is a member of GM Low Carbon Hub Board.

Robin became Chair of Plus Dane Cheshire in September 2013 and joined new combined Group Board in April 2015. He chairs their Neighbourhood Committee.

Before moving to Manchester, Robin worked in Leeds for over 20 years including being founder Chief Executive of Leeds West Homes, Assistant Director of Housing & Environmental Health with the Council & Project Director of Leeds Partnership Homes. He chaired Leeds YouthBuild board and he was a member of the Board of Sadeh Lok.

He has a post graduate qualification in Housing & is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Robin became a member of CIH Council in 2005, Chaired the Policy and Practice Board for 4 years and served as President of CIH for 17 months until May 2013.

Nigel Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo Group

Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of Gentoo Group, joining the Sunderland-based housing association on 2 January 2019 from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in Manchester, where he previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer for six years. Prior to his role at Wythenshawe, Nigel was Chief Executive of Parkway Green Housing Trust.

Nigel has worked in the housing industry for more than 30 years, starting his career in a customer facing role as a housing officer, before working his way up to a leadership position after a variety of role in tenant participation, resident engagement, new business and housing regeneration.

Prior to starting his career in housing, Nigel was a housing tenant and activist.

Nigel has vast board room experience having held a number of roles across various boards and committees, including most recently as Chair of JV North – a consortium of 12 housing associations in the North West of England.

Having spent his entire career working in the social housing sector, it’s no surprise that Nigel has a deep social purpose. He is passionate about social investment, community involvement, building new affordable housing and developing his people – but ultimately he’s passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Nigel sees partnership working as a key component to achieving success and delivering positive change. He is very keen to explore how he can lead Gentoo to work closely with other businesses and key stakeholders to keep the city of Sunderland and the wider North East region, moving forward with the existing ambitious plans for growth and change that are in place.

Janet Hale

Chair of Progress Housing Group

Janet has worked in housing since 1981, with experience spanning local authorities, housing associations, higher education and, since 2001, consultancy. She is Director of Pilkington-Hale Partnership, specialising in governance, co-regulation and non-executive recruitment.

Janet has been a non-executive director and charitable trustee since the late 1980s in housing and arts organisations and was President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2006.  She is currently Chair of Progress Housing Group and was the founding Chair of the Women in Social Housing (WISH) NW Board.

And – in April 2018 she will celebrate 30 years of living without a television.

Julie Marsh

Executive Director of Neighbourhood Management, South Liverpool Homes

Julie has over 36 years’ experience of working within the housing sector. Julies career started at Liverpool City Council before joining South Liverpool Homes in 1999. In her current position as Executive Director of Neighbourhood Management  Julie oversees Neighbourhood Management, Community Safety, Income Management and allocation of homes.

Julie is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) having completed her term of office as chair of the North West CIH Board, she remains an active member of the board.

Mark Henderson

Chief Executive of Home Group

With 55,000 homes under management across Scotland and England and one of the largest providers of supported housing, working with 26,000 vulnerable people in nearly 500 services. Home Group is also one of the largest developers of housing in the UK and will build over 10,000 new homes of all tenures by 2022

Home Group has a turnover of some £350 million per annum and was voted the UK’s best Landlord and best Housing Association in 2014 and 2016.

Mark previously ran his own business before joining Home Group, before that had worked with the RDA as Operations Director and a variety of regeneration and economic development jobs across the country in local government, most recently as Chief Executive of one of the largest County Councils in the country. He is a Board Member for the National Housing Federation and  former Chair of Homes for the North.

Mark is a petrol head, he races a Yamaha in Classic motorcycle races and is a season ticket holder at Newcastle United

Andrew van Doorn

Chief Executive of HACT

HACT is a UKinnovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.

Andrew has worked for HACT for 15 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 26 years.  He is a Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Teresa Parker

Director of Care at Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Trust

Teresa is Director of Care at Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Trust and her leadership covers residential, nursing, extra care housing and domiciliary care services. Prior to this Teresa has worked for a range of private and not for profit housing and care providers including the Abbeyfield Society, Somerset Council and Housing & Care 21. Teresa has also held various non-executive positions with various Housing organisations and the Police Commissioner.

Caroline Gitsham

Caroline L Gitsham Consulting Ltd.

Caroline has over 30 years experience working in the Public Sector, including 15 years working at an Executive Level. She is passionate about customer service and making a difference and she has worked with a variety of partners across her career including working in an advisory capacity to the government and other bodies. She has managed a range of complex services and a number of new and innovative service offers have been developed under her leadership, many of which are award winning with tangible outcomes.

She has experience of managing significant resources in challenging environments across a range of agendas. She has also led on a number of significant key corporate agendas.

Her previous employer describes her as ‘a consistent top quartile performer, demonstrating passionate, energised leadership, a role model for others and a force for positive change. She brings a different dynamic, challenges the norm and encourages a greater focus on cultural and values alignment, outcomes monitoring and social impact. Her strengths are many, she has an extraordinary belief in people and their ability to achieve their potential. A supportive leader, well networked who enjoys challenges and variety’.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and in 2014 she was awarded an MBE for services to business in the North East of England.

In 2016 after being made redundant she set up Caroline L Gitsham Consulting Ltd. It exists to encourage, challenge and inspire people and organisations to enhance their contribution for customers, communities and society.

Mel Smith

Chair of the North East Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Mel is currently Head of Policy Portfolio at Gentoo. She previously worked in the voluntary and private sectors, before being bitten by the housing ‘bug’ when joining Sunderland City Council in 2001 to help with the stock transfer process. Mel held roles on the front line, the business excellence team, and then policy, before becoming Head of Policy Portfolio overseeing the Group’s Policy programme.

Mel is Chair of the CIH North East Board. She joined the Board in 2010 and previously held the Policy Lead and Vice Chair roles.

Lizzie House

Surveyor at Savills

Lizzie is a Surveyor at Savills in the Housing and Healthcare Valuation Team in Leeds working predominantly on valuations of social housing stock for loan security purposes. 

 Lizzie is part of a team that specialise in the valuation of public sector, social and affordable housing, providing valuations and advice to both funders and Registered Providers. 

 Lizzie graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an RICS accredited degree in Planning and Property Development. Lizzie joined Savills in 2015 as a Graduate Surveyor. She passed her professional qualification to become a Chartered Surveyor in May 2018. Lizzie is a board member at Yorkshire Women in Social Housing (WISH).

John Paterson

Director, ARK Consultancy Ltd

John is an experienced housing professional with excellent skills in strategic and business planning, housing market analysis, development and regeneration, appraisal and viability, and supported housing.

An ARK Consultancy founder, he was previously a housing association chief executive and director of a national housebuilder. A strong leader and communicator, John retains a real commitment to housing’s role in tackling social disadvantage.

Mandy Elliott

Chief Executive, Crosby Housing Association

Last year Mandy celebrated 40 years working in the Social Housing sector.

Her career started working for CDS in Liverpool and then to Greater Hornby Housing Association before taking up a role with the Housing Corporation in 1998. Here she developed a wealth of experience in a variety of roles starting in finance and moving forward as programme manager, investment manager and regulation manager. She has a good understanding of the issues faced by the sector and of smaller housing associations in particular.

Mandy has been Chief Executive at Crosby Housing Association since 2005. She believes passionately in the work of community based housing associations and she is an active member of the Community Housing Association North West (CHANW) group. Until Sep 2018 Mandy was chair of the NHF Smaller Associations National Group.

She is involved in wider community activity – chair of Waterloo Town Team, a member of: Crosby and Waterloo Coastal Communities Team, New Realities team led by Sefton CVS and Sefton Coastal landscape Resources Group led by Sefton Council.

Alun Hughes

Chartered Surveyor

Alun Hughes is a Chartered Surveyor, whose working career has been spent in passionate support of the wider social housing movement both in terms of quality and development.

Having spent five years at Liverpool City Architect’s Department, directly engaged in the refurbishment of its housing stock, he them spent a further five years in the Merseyside Regional Office of the Housing Corporation (forerunner of Homes England) as a technical consultant and auditor.

After spending time at Riverside Housing he then became the Chief Executive of Wirral Methodist Housing Association, from which he has recently retired after 30 years. During his time there, he more than doubled the size of its housing stock, winning many awards and accolades for his work in terms of innovation, design and imagination along the way. He is most proud of leading the regeneration of The Hamilton Quarter of Birkenhead and developing schemes of Shared Ownership for people with Long-term Disability.

Tracy Harrison

Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), a membership organisation for social housing providers.

Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior marketing and business development posts in blue chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software. With the housing sectors’ ever-increasing focus on driving efficiencies, Tracy has been instrumental in ensuring that NHC offers its members products and services which support them with achieving this aim, and developing solutions which can help improve the service they offer to their customers. Tracy has also helped to develop NHC’s influencing activities, particularly around placemaking and health and social care.

Tracy is also Vice Chair of The Gateshead Housing Company and a Trustee of Age UK North Tyneside.

Tracy Harrison

Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC)

Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior marketing and business development posts in blue chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software.

With the housing sectors’ ever-increasing focus on driving efficiencies, Tracy has been instrumental in ensuring that NHC offers its members products and services which support them with achieving this aim, and developing solutions which can help improve the service they offer to their customers. Tracy has also helped to develop NHC’s influencing activities, particularly around placemaking and addressing quality issues within the North’s housing stock.

Tracy is also an Independent Board Director of The Gateshead Housing Company and a Trustee of Age UK North Tyneside.

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