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Making a splash in housing: Hannah Faulkner and Emma Gilbank

Two of our colleagues, Hannah Faulkner and Emma Gilbank, are gearing up to attend the Housing Awards 2021 after being shortlisted in two of the Women in Housing categories.

We are so proud of them and the work they have been doing since joining Connect. They are both honoured to be named alongside so many amazing colleagues in the housing sector and are excited to celebrate all of their work and achievements at the ceremony. 

Ahead of the awards Emma said:

I feel incredibly honoured to be shortlisted alongside so many amazing women for these awards. It can be tough for women as the housing sector is male dominated and still struggling to reduce the gender pay gap, so it’s incredibly important to celebrate the hard work of all women in Housing. I have had fantastic opportunities for professional development here at Connect, and I hope that through these awards we can show other young women that Housing can be an inclusive, rewarding career choice where you can really make a difference. I’m looking forward to continuing to build my career in Housing.

Hannah also spoke about her experience as a woman in housing:

Being a woman in housing is not always an easy role but I feel very privileged to work for an organisation that has some fantastic role models and I have felt personally encouraged by this to continue to strive for greatness. I can’t wait to celebrate with other strong women from around the country next week  and hear about all the amazing work that is being done in the UK Housing industry on behalf of tenants everywhere. 

To find out more about each of them, they decided to write a little bit about each other.

Hannah Faulkner

Hannah is a Community Housing Officer, working to bring communities together and empower them to make positive change on their own terms. She has been shortlisted for the ‘Woman of the Year’ award which demonstrates her huge positive impact, and we are really proud of her.

Hannah is responsible for leading projects, developing relationships with local partners, and carrying out day-to-day housing management on a wide range of estates. She is an exceptional individual who is extremely passionate about the future of the housing sector, and never has any trouble putting other people first in order to make a positive difference. 

Hannah is known across Connect for her leadership and commitment to tenants and we have her to thank for organising ‘Operation Rudolph’, a project which involved delivering winter gifts to every single one of our residents.

Hannah has just been recognised with the CEO Special Award for 2021, she really is deserving of this ‘Woman of the Year’ shortlisting. We wish her good luck on the evening!

Emma Gilbank

Emma is one of 8 talented young women to be shortlisted for ‘Young Achiever’, out of many more nominations, which is a great achievement already.

Emma is the Sustainability Projects Officer at Connect Housing. She has recently written the first sustainability strategy for the organisation and championed a range of sustainable practices with colleagues. She works with a range of external partner organisations to collaborate on best practice and was recently named in the Top 10 of the HomesUK Climate Power List.

Emma is engaged with both internal departments as well as residents and communities that we serve, including Biodiversity projects across the region. This will see the rejuvenation of green spaces on a range of estates, and increase the value of the space for residents. It will also involve working with local conservation groups to collaborate for the benefit of the local community.

She has quickly developed a huge passion for the social housing sector and is working hard to become an expert in the field. Her actions are rooted in her ability to care deeply about residents and communities, and the lives of future generations.

We are so proud of Emma for being deservedly shortlisted for this fantastic award, and we can’t wait to see what she does next! 

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