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LHT board member recognised in National Accounting Awards

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LHT Board Member, Eric Armitage LHT Board Member, Eric Armitage

A Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) board member has been shortlisted for a national accountancy award.

Eric Armitage, LHT board member since 2009, is one of four people who have been selected in recognition of their outstanding lifetime contribution in the brand new National Housing Federation HANAAs (Housing Association National Accounting Awards).

The award category honours the contribution of an individual to finance and accounting throughout their career in the housing association sector and a leader who has made a unique contribution with a legacy which will be felt for years to come.

With almost fifty years’ professional service in the social housing sector and still offering exceptional dedication, Eric Armitage can certainly lay claim to a life-long commitment to improving the standards of finance and accounting within the industry.

As a ‘housing pioneer’, Mr Armitage was part of the vanguard that put housing associations on the map and the need for affordable housing on the political agenda. His services to social housing and commitment to improving homes and communities were recognised when he was awarded the OBE in 1991.

Eric Armitage took up his first post for North British Housing (now part of Places For People) in 1973, becoming Chief Executive in 1983.

During a retirement in which he has definitely not hung up his ‘housing hat’ Eric became Chair of Homeless International, the charity which was formed by housing associations in response to housing need overseas, was on the Board of Manchester Methodist Housing Association (now part of Great Places Housing Group) and also joined the Board of Rodney Housing Association in Liverpool (now part of LHT).

 LHT managing director, Sue Westwater said:

“Eric’s inclusion in the shortlisting for outstanding lifetime contribution in the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards is fantastic news and fully justified in recognition of his lifetime of achievement.

“Eric has been an LHT board member since 2009 and makes an invaluable contribution to our business. It is a privilege to have Eric on the board of LHT. His astute ability to steer through financial complexities and retain a strong social ethos, particularly with the challenges that face all housing associations now, make Eric a highly respected board member.”

The winners of the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Tuesday, 19 March at the Hilton Coventry.

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