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Brighton Housing Trust Chief Executive, Andy Winter, was named as the Inspirational Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony in Manchester on 23 June.

The ceremony was attended by 800 guests and hosted by one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The awards are organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Andy Winter commented; ‘It is obviously very flattering to win any award, but this one is particularly special as it is decided on by fellow housing professionals and a public vote. I would like to thank the judges and everyone who voted for me’.

‘I know it is the done thing to say that an award is an acknowledgement of the work of very many people and I am just the figurehead. But in this case that is absolutely true’.

‘I am extremely fortunate to have around me a Board that is brilliant, a Chair in Joan Mortimer who is supportive and challenging in the right measure, and colleagues who can be relied on to deliver life-changing services in what is an increasingly difficult environment’.

Joan Mortimer, Chair of the BHT Board of Management said, ‘I am delighted that Andy’s inspirational leadership has been recognised with this award. Andy is both a truly hands on leader and a courageous innovator who is constantly involved in developing new projects to address complex housing needs and social exclusion”.

Martin Hilditch, Acting Editor of Inside Housing talked about the value of housing professionals and their role in building sustainable communities. ‘I congratulate Andy on behalf of all the members of the BHT Board’

‘The standard of entries for the awards hit new heights this year. All of our entrants can be truly proud of everything that they have achieved in the past 12 months. Housing professionals are carrying out fantastic work to build and sustain communities across the UK’.

‘We had more than 200 entries this year and it was incredibly tough whittling that down to a shortlist, quite apart from picking a winner. Huge congratulations to everyone who entered’.