Stonewater’s outstanding women win national award

Social housing provider, Stonewater, is celebrating after one of its remarkable women and one outstanding scheme has been recognised for its contribution to the housing sector, at last night’s Women in Housing Awards.

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The not-for-profit organisation won two national awards, with its Executive Director for Customer Experience, Sue Shirt, winning Woman of the Year: Tenant/Customer Focus and its South Asian Women’s Refuge named the winner of Improving the Lives of Women or Communities (large) category.

Stonewater’s Cordelia Johnney was also shortlisted for the Inclusion Champion award and Rosie Norman, for Young Achiever of the Year.

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive of Stonewater, said: “Sue, Cordelia and Rosie are all outstanding examples of women in our organisation that demonstrate our core values: ambitious, passionate, agile, commercial and ethical. Each of whom are known across the organisation for their exceptional contributions and dedication to opening up opportunities for their fellow customers and colleagues, helping us to deliver more high-quality affordable homes to people who need them most. To win two of these prestigious awards and shortlisted for another two, it is a testament to the hard work that our colleagues put in every single day.

“In addition to recognising our organisation’s hardworking individuals, we’re incredibly proud of the achievements made by our passionate colleagues who work at our South Asian Women’s Refuge. Since opening its doors in 2008, our colleagues have helped hundreds of women and children fleeing domestic abuse, to achieve independent living and escape their perpetuator.”

Sue Shirt, Executive Director for Customer Experience at Stonewater said: “I’ve worked in social housing for more than thirty years and its something I’m genuinely passionate about. Making sure Stonewater achieves the best results for its customers is at the heart of everything we do as an organisation and I feel honoured to have won this award.”

Stonewater has over 800 employees and achieved a ‘One Star’ rating in the 2019 Best Companies survey and are ranked 78th in the Top 100 best not-for- profit organisations to work for and 25th in the best housing associations to work for in 2019.

The housing provider also has an ambitious house-building programme, which aims to build a minimum of 1,500 new homes a year from 2022/23. To achieve this, Stonewater is also looking to attract more talented individuals to join its team. Click here for more information about its current vacancies.