Chair of Warrington based housing group, Your Housing Group, Kathy Cowell OBE DL from Wilmslow in Cheshire has been named UK’s Most Effective Board Member at the national Women in Housing Awards in Manchester.
The accolade was awarded for Kathy’s exceptional commitment to Your Housing Group’s customers. She regularly visits communities the housing association serves, to meet tenants and their representative groups.
Kathy was chair of Harvest Housing Group from 2007 and oversaw the merger with Arena to create Your Housing Group, in 2012, now one of the UK’s largest housing associations with more than 33,000 properties.
Brian Cronin, Chief Executive of Your Housing Group, said: “This award is extremely well deserved and further recognition of Kathy’s hard work and commitment to the residents we serve. She was the driving force behind our merger two years ago and continues to champion our mission to transform lives and communities.”
Speaking about her award Kathy Cowell said: "I was very surprised but delighted to get this industry award. I have a fantastic board and chief executive and could not achieve everything we have done over the past couple of years without a strong team around me. I am very grateful for everyone’s hard work and tireless support.”
A banker by profession, Kathy has been married to John for 44 years, has two sons Michael and Andrew and two grandchildren.
The Women in Housing Awards, now in their second year, recognise pioneering women working in the social housing sector. The awards are about celebrating the achievements of women working in housing and hold them up as role models for women starting out on a career in housing; or even considering embarking in a housing career with the multiple opportunities on offer.
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