Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP)’s commitment to creating an equal, open and inclusive workplace was highly commended in the Employer of the Year category at the Sutton Women Mean Business Awards on Tuesday 12 November.
The Employer of the Year category recognises a business that is a driver for the progression of women in the workplace, and individuals who champion gender equality and diversity within their organisation.
The commendation was presented to Heather Hamilton, our HR and Corporate Services Client Lead, on behalf of SHP.
Judges commended SHP’s support for flexible or part-time working to help colleagues meet personal commitments like child care and the number of women in senior leadership roles, and on SHP's Board.
Our nomination also recognised that our new generic way of working give colleagues more control over their workload and their working day, while new community hubs empower them to work closer to the communities we serve.
Jaci Barnes (pictured), Assistant Director - Planning and Strategy at SHP, was also named Corporate Leader at the awards.
Jaci’s nomination recognised the strong leadership she has displayed since joining SHP 18 months ago, as well as her personal commitment to promoting equality and opportunity in the workplace.
Steve Tucker, Managing Director of SHP, said: “I’m immensely proud that our commitment to equality and inclusion has earned us the position of highly commended in the Employer of the Year category.
“SHP exists to deliver homes and communities where residents feel happy and secure. I believe we’ll only achieve this if we are representative of the communities we serve and support people to share their wide ranging perspectives, skills and experiences.”
Jaci Barnes said: “I’m delighted to receive the award. I’m a firm believer that everyone should be supported equally to succeed at work, so it’s great to work somewhere that shares those views.”
The Sutton Women Mean Business Awards celebrate inspirational women who work or trade in the London Borough of Sutton, and those who go out of their way to support gender equality and diversity in the workplace.