Emma Richman, Director of Assets at Six Town Housing, was recognised at last week’s Women in Housing Awards for being a mentor to other women working in construction and helping shape property developments across the North West.

Emma, whose career in housing has spanned 19 years, picked up the Exemplary Housing Professional award. This award celebrates the achievements of exceptional women working in the housing sector. Her win marks the positive impact she has made in the sector.

Amongst her achievements, Emma was Project Manager for the multi-award winning Mealhouse Brow development in Stockport.

At Six Town Housing – the company that manage social housing on behalf of Bury Council - Emma provides a key role to the delivery of services within the organisation, particularly in regards to the delivery of all work that improves the homes of tenants to meet Decent Homes Standards.

She has also been Chair of the Board at Southway Housing Trust since 2010, a judge at the National Women in Construction awards for 3 years, a mentor for numerous women in the sector and an external examiner for the Housing Degree course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive at Six Town Housing, said:

“We are over the moon for Emma, she really deserves her award. Her winning attributes and experience were clear even without this formal recognition, through the ways she is helping us deliver and improve the ways we conduct work on tenant’s homes.”

“Emma has helped champion our ‘coaching culture’, mentoring 5 staff to help them be the best they can be. She is passionate about helping people develop in their roles, which is evident from her own personal development. Many of her roles outside of Six Town Housing, such as chairing boards and judging awards, are unpaid and demonstrate her drive to make an impact within the housing sector.”

Danielle Pearce, Executive Support at Six Town Housing, is one member of staff receiving mentoring from Emma. She said:

“I have found Emma to be breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm for life has been completely infectious. She is the most approachable, kind hearted and intellectual women I know and I aspire to be someone similar to her. She champions my skills and challenges me to use them on projects that I would not normally have the confidence to be involved in.”

The awards took place on Thursday 22nd October at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Organised by Connectin Events and WISH (Women in Social Housing) are now in their third year and celebrate the fantastic achievements of women within the sector.

Photo: Emma is pictured 3rd from left above with Guest Speaker Katie Piper, fellow winner Janet Hunter of Housing Rights Service and Natasha Moore of BRC Jobs (who sponsored the category).

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