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Orbit Celebrates Young Business Leaders

Orbit Group, the 38,000 home housing association, is celebrating two up and coming business leaders being named as finalists for a national competition.

Twenty-three-year-old Emily Burton, from the West Midlands, and 28-year-old Tom Forty, from Bromsgrove, have been shortlisted by housing magazine 24 Housing in its Young Leader of the Year Awards, and are now up for a public vote to see if they make it into the top 10.

The national accolade recognises their contribution to Orbit and the housing sector.

Community Housing GEM Graduate, Emily, was nominated by Sophie FitzHugh, Area Community Manager at Orbit, for her innovation, team work and positive attitude in her work to improve local communities and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Tom, Orbit’s Business Improvement Manager, was nominated through his previous manager David Dent, Head of Business Improvement at Origin Housing, for the key part he played in working with groups of staff to unpick complex processes and improve key services to external and internal customers.

Elly Hoult, Orbit’s Head of Business Development and Improvement said: “Tom joined us in March this year and is already making a very positive impact within our department and across many other functions at Orbit. I’m very pleased to support him in this competition and wish both him and Emily the best of luck.”

If successful, the final 10 candidates will be invited to present at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) headquarters in London, to talk through their innovative ideas for the sector. A panel of judges will then select a top five to go through to the live final in September.

Emily said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for the 24 housing Young Leader of the Year award, amongst a sector full of talented individuals and potential future leaders. The competition is really tough but it would be an amazing opportunity to get through to the next stage and have the chance to present in front of sector leaders at such an early stage in my career.”