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Three Together Housing Group women shortlisted for industry award

Three Together Housing Group women shortlisted for industry award

Three women who work for Together Housing Group have been recognised for their achievements in the housing sector by being shortlisted in the highly regarded Women in Social Housing awards.


Janette Pearce, Head of Income, has been selected as a finalist for Woman of the Year for Tenant and Customer Focus; Leah Smith, Marketing and Brand Manager, has been shortlisted for Marketing and Communications Initiative; and Gas Technician Joanne Riding has been shortlisted for Professional of the Year.

Janette in her role as Head of Income has faced and overcome many challenges. With the introduction of the bedroom tax, benefit cap and Universal Credit, tenants were left struggling to pay their rent.

In her own words, Janette said: “My role is to enable tenants to live with financial dignity. Welfare reform had a bigger impact than even I could have imagined, putting real pressure on our customers.

“Our staff are my biggest asset. They have a really difficult job but I am so proud of what they have achieved.”

In her current role, Janette manages the income teams at Together Housing. She introduced the Welfare Benefits Team and Tenant Sustainability Team to support the income team. She also introduced a new IT software system which enabled her team to work completely agile and changed to a much wider service offer to our tenants which has improved overall performance and outcomes for our tenants.

Leah Smith, Marketing and Brand Manager, has also been shortlisted for Marketing or Communications Initiative after she led on the organisation’s rebrand following the merger of five housing associations to create Together Housing Group.

Ian Clark, Director of Strategy and Communications, said: “One of our core values is working as one Together Team. That’s not always easy to do when our 1300 staff are based in more than a dozen offices across the North of England.”

“Leah led on creating one strong Together brand for the group, collapsing many legacy brands. Leah’s commitment and enthusiasm has resulted in this being a real success, and like any good brand exercise, has contributed towards better performance and improved staff engagement.”

Joanne Riding has been shortlisted for Professional of the Year after going above and beyond in her day job and overcoming challenges. In her role as a Gas Technician, Joanne has thrived within a male dominant career
and has used her experiences to promote apprenticeships to local schools and colleges. Her positive work ethic and determination has shown her to be a positive advocate for Together Housing and tenants are happy to specifically request her for their next gas servicing appointment.

Apprentice Lilli Smalley met Joanne at a college open day and said: “Being able to go along and speak to someone already working in a trade role and having a go at practical demonstrations myself just confirmed that that was what I wanted to do.

“It was really helpful to have an honest conversation with Jo about what it is like as a woman to work in a male dominated industry. Hearing first hand from Jo about the challenges she has overcome and what she loves about the job gave me a real insight.”

The winners will be announced on 10 October.


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