We’re delighted to announce that Leigh Jones, our Interim Enhanced Housing Management Team Leader, has been named by 24housing magazine as one of their 40 over forty.
A respected industry publication, this is the first year 24housing have devised the list to celebrate the work of long-serving housing professionals. Leigh was listed fourth with the judges commending her work in changing the lives of her customers and delivering a real person-centred service.
To qualify, nominees must have spent at least 10 years working in the housing industry and be over the age of forty. The campaign aims to shine a light on unsung heroes and raise the profile of a career in housing.
Having started her career in housing back in 1992, Leigh worked for Tower Hamlets Council as a Duty Officer. Encountering harrowing and difficult cases, she used empathy to build strong relationships with her customers. Her first role here was team leader of our Housing Management Team before moving on to Enhanced Housing Management to specifically support our sheltered scheme customers.
The judges were particularly moved by Leigh’s work helping a vulnerable woman blighted by hoarding who had refused to leave her property for a year. With Leigh’s assistance, she eventually sought medical support and has moved to a new property for a fresh start.
Kay Caldwell, Director of Housing said: “I’m thrilled Leigh’s hard work has been recognised. She is valued member of the CHP team and has helped many of our customers to make positive changes to their quality of life. Leigh and her team regularly go above and beyond, they have forged strong partnerships with public services partners and voluntary agencies across Essex to constantly improve access to the services our customers rightly deserve.”