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Finalists announced for remaining CIH professional awards categories


Ahead of the CIH housing awards in Belfast, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, discusses the finalists for the CIH housing professional award and the young professional of the year.

When you work in housing it’s not uncommon to be asked, why? It’s an easy question for me to answer as, like so many others, I want to help make a positive difference to people’s lives. That’s what drives me to work in housing.

I’m certainly not alone in this – changing lives is the theme of our President Julie Fadden’s term of office. This was very much on our minds when judging the CIH professional and young person categories of the CIH Housing Awards 2017 for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The CIH housing professional award recognises the outstanding personal achievement and contribution by a CIH member working in housing. As a result, when it came to shortlisting, we were looking for individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to their profession – role models to others.

This year’s nominees all hold senior positions across the housing and homelessness sectors. However, it is important to point out that this category is open to all CIH members, including people working at the frontline, middle managers and volunteers.

Competition was tough, but I’m sure you will agree that the three individuals shortlisted are all exceptional and very deserving candidates.

The young professional of the year is always a hotly contested category. This year was no different. The award celebrates the successes of housing professionals at an early stage of their career.

It is heartening to see so many talented young people working in housing – although it did make the task of judging more challenging. The shortlisted clearly demonstrate their commitment to changing lives and working with colleagues to achieve positive outcomes. They are all passionate about their housing career and have taken responsibility for their own professional development. Each one has a very bright future in housing.

Best of luck to the shortlisted – the winners of these two awards go through to represent Northern Ireland at the Housing Heroes Awards at Housing 2017 in Manchester in June!

Well done to all our awards finalists and thank you to everyone who entered.

See the full list of finalists for this year’s awards and book your ticket to the event.

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