Double award success for Incommunities staff

Incommunities staff have scooped two category prizes in regional awards run by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Georgina Uttley was named ‘New Professional of the Year’ in the CIH’s Yorkshire and Humberside 2017 Awards.

Georgina joined the Centre for Partnership Team in 2014 on a 12- month contract as a recruit to the group’s GEM – Graduate Employment Mentoring – programme and has gone on to become a senior member of the team. The GEM programme goes from strength to strength in building rewarding careers in housing for graduates across the UK and Canada.

Last month, Georgina was appointed GEM Operations Lead and is responsible for the day to day running of the programme.

In her nomination, Georgina was described as ‘a self-motivated multi tasker’ committed to helping ‘develop young housing leaders of the future.’

The CIH Yorkshire and Humberside Board also named Carl Oates as its ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

Carl previously worked for Incommunities’ Estate Services keeping neighbourhoods and blocks of flats tidy before making a life changing decision to train to become an electrician.

Carl felt he had made poor life choices after leaving school and winning a place on Incommunities’ apprenticeship programme in 2014 lifted his confidence and outlook. He is now in his third year combining on the job training with college-based learning. He sees his apprenticeship as a great opportunity to develop his career and also help new starters.

Incommunities’ Group Chief, Geraldine Howley, said: “It’s fantastic to see these colleagues recognised at these highly regarded awards.

“Both bring diverse skills and energy to their roles. Georgina’s drive and passion reflects a determination to help young graduates achieve their potential through the GEM programme, whilst Carl sees his apprenticeship as a stepping stone towards building a better life for himself and his family.

“They provide wonderful ‘role models’ for other young people looking to build exciting careers in the sector.”

Written on 26th April 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News