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

The housing sector is full of people who are committed to making a difference


David Pipe, policy and practice officer, explains why our new 'Lifetime Achievement Award' isn't simply a 'gold watch' award.

We know that the housing sector is full of people who passionately believe in the power that social housing has to transform lives and who work tirelessly to create thriving, successful communities. As the professional body for housing, it is our job to support you to make that difference, but it’s vitally important that we also take the time to recognise and celebrate your successes.

Our Lifetime Achievement Award – introduced for the first time as part of this year’s UK Housing Awards - is about recognising the efforts and achievements of one person who has made an outstanding contribution to housing. The winner will be chosen from your nominations by a panel of judges drawn from across the sector.

They will be chosen by their peers and will be recognised at the UK Housing Awards ceremony in June and in Inside Housing Magazine.

This isn’t a ‘gold watch’ award, the winner doesn’t have to be at the end of their career and they don’t have to hold a senior position. They could do, but equally they could be a front-line officer, a service manager, an involved tenant or a community leader. The qualities we are looking for are dedication and a drive to make a difference, at any level and in any role.

There are plenty of people throughout the sector who display those qualities and I’m sure that everybody who works in housing knows someone who deserves to be nominated.

To nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised, visit and complete our short online form by Friday, February 24.

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