KHG Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the county’s housing sector

Teams and individuals working in the housing sector across the county have enjoyed success in the annual Kent Housing Group (KHG) Excellence Awards.

The awards – the Oscars for our regional housing sector – celebrate the very best projects, professionals and partnerships across housing in Kent and Medway.

“I know that for all KHG members, housing delivery – whatever aspect of housing delivery that is – is a passion, not a job,” Brian Horton, Interim Chair of KHG, told an audience of more than 100 housing professionals who gathered at the awards ceremony at Eastgate in Northfleet this week.

“These awards are always special, especially this year when we come together for the first face-to-face ceremony since before the Covid pandemic.

“Over the years the judging panel has been touched by the passion and purpose behind the vital contributions colleagues in housing are making in Kent. The ideas, the innovation and the vision that are demonstrated illustrate the caring side of housing and the drive we have to make a difference.

“The housing sector faces many challenges but seeing so many success stories gives us enthusiasm for the art of the possible and enables us all to go back to the day job fully inspired by what we have seen and heard today.”

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Becs Wilcox, Chair of KHG’s Events Group. The Group is thankful for sponsorship from the Kent Housing and Development Group, Southern Housing, Paramount Independent Property Services and the South East Consortium.

Category winners and highly commended

Excellent partnership – winner Shepway Community Larder at Maidstone Borough Council; highly commended The Pathway Project by Porchlight, Pathway and Kent and Medway’s Integrated Care Board

Excellence in asset management – winner Fire Safety Team at mhs homes; highly commended Stay Green House at Sevenoaks District Council

Excellent community project – winner Daisy Den at mhs homes; highly commended Dover Pantry at Southern Housing

Excellence in delivering services for vulnerable people – winner Ladies Night Project at Medway Council; highly commended Foy House Project at Thanet District Council, and also Sarah Moore and Michele McLoughlin at Interventions Alliance

Excellence in development and regeneration – winner Lenham Springs at mhs homes

Excellent health and social care professional – winner Stephanie Line at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Excellent housing professional – winner Amber Tipping of Town and Country Housing; highly commended Dominic Norwell of Town and Country Housing and also Mark James of Ashford Borough Council

Innovator of the year – two winners in this category – Lisa Clarke of Clarion Housing Association and Vicky Hodson of Kent Homechoice

Excellence in the private sector – winner Thanet District Council’s Tamiz prosecution team; highly commended Clare Reynolds of Gravesham Borough Council

Team of the year – two winners in this category – the Tenancy Sustainment Team at Southern Housing and the Income Management Team at Town and Country Housing

Unsung community hero/neighbour of the year – two winners in this category – Mandy Relf and Paul Jenkins

Excellent young professional of the year – winner Ellie Ballard of Golding Homes; highly commended Ben Turner of Moat

Selection of awards photos available