We’re delighted to announce that our very own Ruth Dent has been shortlisted as a finalist for Consultant of the Year in the Women in Housing Awards 2019, with the winner of the category to be announced on 10 October.
Submitted on her behalf, Ruth’s entry had to successfully demonstrate numerous factors, including how she has gone above and beyond in her work; what makes her stand out from others doing a similar role and proving what she has achieved personally, for her organisation and community. We also had to prove how she has involved and inspired others, how she has contributed to her organisation’s objectives and how she has also contributed to the sector more widely.
A fundamental part of Ruth’s entry were several supporting quotes from our clients and people across the business including our Managing Director Martin McDonnell. There was also a comment from one of her mentees; someone Ruth has mentored for over six years, offering professional and personal advice and support that has ultimately helped them become a Chartered Surveyor and pursue a successful career in housing.
Ruth is passionate about encouraging women in the sector, particularly opening doors to the construction industry and outside of work Ruth continues to mentor several women who are following this career path. She is Independent Asset & Development Committee Member on the board of Broadacres, a not-for-profit housing association based in North Yorkshire who work predominantly in the town she has moved to, giving her the opportunity to give back to a community she has recently become part of.
Martin McDonnell, Managing Director, comments: “Ruth’s shortlisting as Consultant of the Year in these awards is richly deserved. She singlehandedly set-up our Consultancy department and we now have expertise that we didn’t before which is highly valued by our clients. In fact, demand for her time from the company and clients is so great I just wish we could clone her, several times!
“She is a member of our Senior Leadership Team and makes a significant contribution to the strategy and direction of the company. She has also made a valuable and substantial difference to the company’s culture and is helping to effect positive change across the business as we gear up for the next phase of the company’s development and growth.
“She has achieved so much since she has been with the business that winning this award would be just recognition of the significant difference she has made. I’m sure the rest of the company will join me in wishing her all the very best of luck on 10 October!”
The Women in Housing Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women working in housing. Now in their seventh year, in 2018 the Awards were acquired by Inside Housing and are being run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on 10 October 2019. For further information about all 2019 finalists please see the full shortlist.