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Top talent Tom is CIH Rising Star finalist

Our very own business improvement manager, Tom Forty, has been shortlisted for the prestigious CIH Rising Star award.

Having impressed the judges, Tom has been whittled down to the last four and will now face a series of testing challenges over the coming weeks.

Tom said: “I was really surprised when I was told I had reached the final. As a finalist I have the opportunity to get involved with some great activities and share my knowledge and passion for the housing sector with others.”

The gruelling tasks include, participating in a live Twitter Q&A with professionals from the housing sector, presenting to students on the sector’s career options and undergoing an ethics interview.

Elly Hoult, Head of Business Development & Improvement, said: “This is a prestigious and well recognised award in our sector and is notoriously difficult to achieve. Tom’s success is well deserved and I wish him the best of luck for the finals.”

Speaking of the finalists, judge and incoming CIH vice president, Alison Inman, said: “It is great to know that the future of housing is in such great hands.”

Finalists competing against Tom are Evie Copland, a communications and innovation officer at Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, Christopher Irons, a gas production team leader at Hyde and Alice Smith, neighbourhood team manager at Spectrum Housing.

You can vote for Tom online at but you must be a registered member.

The winner will have the chance to meet and influence decision-makers, as well as 12 months of mentoring and the opportunity to guest edit Inside Housing.

The winner will be announced at the CIH Housing Heroes award ceremony in June.

Best of luck Tom!

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