KHG Excellence Awards Launched

Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards launched; search for the best in
county’s housing sector is underway

The search is on for the stars of the housing sector in Kent and Medway with the opening of nominations for the Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards 2023.

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

With 12 categories, there’s a real opportunity to showcase the work you do, to shine a light on the places you have created, the projects that make a real difference and the people without whom it would not happen. Award nominations close on 19 May and only KHG members can nominate. The award category descriptions and nomination forms are available on the KHG website /

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn. KHG is grateful for the continued sponsorship from the Kent Housing and Development Group, DHA Planning, Golding Homes, Southern Housing, Paramount Independent Property Services and the South East Consortium (SEC).

Brian Horton, Interim Chair for KHG said: “These awards are always special. 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 12 categories are:

·       asset management
·       community project
·       delivering service for vulnerable people
·       development and regeneration
·       health or social care professional
·       housing professional
·       innovation
·       partnership
·       private sector housing
·       team of the year
·       unsung community hero / neighbour of the year
·       young professional


Kerry Petts of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, winner of the innovation award in 2022, said: “Winning an Excellence Award was a lovely surprise! What made it even more special was that my nominee was from another organisation, which goes to show that whatever you do in your role you can have an effect and reach wider than your own employer.

“The Trusted Assessor programme is being designed to help alleviate wait times for vulnerable residents who need adaptations to their home to help them remain independent for longer.  Working with counterparts in other local authorities as well as KCC and Town & Country Home Improvement Agency, we have produced a solution to allow already experienced surveyors to be trained in prescribing straight forward adaptations, leaving the Occupational Therapists with more time to concentrate on the more complex cases.

“I’d recommend making a nomination for these awards as it gives that person or team a welcome boost and lets them know that their work has not gone un-noticed and is truly appreciated. Also, the trophy adds some bling to one’s desk or shelf!”

The Kent Housing Group (KHG) is a forum for housing organisations in Kent and Medway. It has representation from all 12 Kent local authorities, Medway Council, 13 housing associations, Kent County Council and Kent Public Health. KHG also has representation from organisations who work in partnership with social housing landlords, including Homes England, the National Housing Federation, the National Landlords Residents Association and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). For more information visit


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Ashford Borough Council
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