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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Scotland names Excellence Award winners


The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for excellence in housing have been announced at a special awards dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh.

A total of fifteen award category winners were announced on Friday the 2nd of November, alongside a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Craig Sanderson from Link Housing in recognition of his services to Scotland’s housing sector.

Albyn Housing Association's customer service team was named Housing Team of the Year and North Lanarkshire Council won Excellence in Communication for its ‘ambitious towns’ project. 

Sanctuary Scotland won the Excellence in Regeneration Award for their work in Anderston while the Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing Award went to Glasgow Housing Association for its Dougrie Drive development. Hillcrest Housing Association was presented with the Margaret Blackwood Award for Excellence in Housing Innovation for its work on energy advice.

The Excellence in Scrutiny Award went to Maryhill Housing Association, while Maryhill Housing Association also scooped the Excellence in Skills Development Award for the second year in a row. North Lanarkshire Council was named winner of the Excellence in Health and Wellbeing Award, and Rettie &Co received the Excellence in the Private Rented Sector Award.

Individual awards also went to Rhona Matthew of Albyn Housing Association, who was presented with the Bob Allan Young Achiever in Housing Excellence Award; to Elaine McAuley of Link Housing Association, who won the Margaret Vass Award for Excellence in Frontline Housing; and to Caitlin Donald of Your Place Property Management who was named Apprentice of the Year. Gary Dalziel of Elderpark Housing Association received the Excellence in Leadership Award.

Callum Chomczuk, national director of CIH Scotland, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate such an impressive standard of excellence across so many varied categories of housing practice at this year’s CIH Scotland Excellence Awards – both in terms of the overall winners and also all those shortlisted for an award.

“As the home of professional standards in housing, CIH Scotland is committed to ensuring that the hard work and dedication of thousands of frontline housing professionals working right across Scotland is properly recognised and celebrated.

“These annual awards offer an ideal opportunity to do that while providing a great source of inspiration and pride for everyone working in housing in Scotland.”



Notes to Editors

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at:

2. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, National Director at CIH Scotland on 0131 221 7759 or email

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