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Lifetime achievement award for former finance director

Orbit’s former chief operating officer Anne Turner, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards (HANAs).

The award recognises Anne’s dedication to the housing sector and its social objectives, and to creating the financial strength in organisations which underpins all the sector does.

Now a group board member for both Network and asra Housing, Anne said: “It was a huge surprise and a great honour. I spent almost half of my career at Orbit – it was a place I always felt I had the opportunity to express myself and be innovative. I was well supported by the team and chief executive Paul Tennant, who understood my strengths and recognised the hard work myself and the team did.

“What is important isn’t personal ambition; it is knowing the hard work people do across the sector makes a real difference to customers’ lives.”

Paul Tennant, Orbit’s chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to see Anne’s career celebrated through this award. Anne made a huge contribution to Orbit and its financial position but importantly imparted her knowledge in clear and accessible ways to many staff and Board members in the sector helping them improve their knowledge, confidence and contributions.”

Orbit’s Service Matters team also attended the HANAs as a finalist for Best External Professional Advisor. The team made the final four for their sector-leading approach to strategic insurance management which saved client, WM Housing Group, over £3.5m.

Gary Booth, director of finance – treasury at WM Housing Group, said: “Service Matters has helped the group move to a more efficient insurance solution which is consistent across all parts of the group. Further claims defensibility and risk mitigation work has positively impacted on our loss ratios which are at an all-time low which is helping to deliver further cost and time efficiencies across the group.”