Salix Homes’ employee in line for top award
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities
A social housing champion who has devoted more than 20 years of her life to improving housing in Salford is in line to win a top industry award.
Inspirational Margaret Connor, the Customer Governance Manager at Salford-based housing provider Salix Homes, has been named as a finalist in the Lifetime Achievement category of the prestigious Women in Housing Awards.
Mum-of-two Margaret, 51, has spent more than two decades working in the housing sector where she has battled tirelessly to ensure the people of Salford have the homes they deserve.
Her current role at Salix Homes has seen her transform customer engagement at the organisation and she’s successfully empowered tenants to have their say enabling them to improve their homes and communities for the better.
Modest Margaret said: “I was so shocked to be nominated for such a prestigious industry award, I really couldn’t believe it.
“Like anyone, you just do your job and don't expect to be recognised for it so to have this sort of recognition is just fantastic and I’m truly honoured.”
During the past three years, while Margaret has been working with tenants to develop and enhance Salix Homes’ customer involvement structure, she has been fighting her own battle with cancer. But even when undergoing treatment her commitment never wavered and she continued to communicate with customers and worked from home on her ‘good days’.
Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “Margaret is a true inspiration to everyone at Salix Homes and to our customers and we are so proud of all that she has achieved.
“A big part of the success of customer involvement at Salix Homes is down to Margaret. She has spent her whole career working with local communities to ensure they have the ability to influence service delivery. Not only has she helped to put Salford and Salix Homes on the map, but she’s also put our customers on the map as she strives to make sure they have a better quality of life.
“Even when she’s had her own personals battles to face her commitment to the people of Salford never falters. She is a true Salfordian and is very proud of the city and its people."
The Women in Housing Awards recognise the achievements of women working within the housing sector from across the UK. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on November 6