Young Leaders 2014 – The chance of a lifetime
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
Young Leaders 2014 - The chance of a lifetime
The 24housing Young Leaders award is returning for its fourth year and, without doubt, it’s set to be our most prestigious competition ever.
Thanks to our partnership with the National Housing Federation, the final of this year’s award will be staged at the NHF annual conference in Birmingham this September, in front of hundreds of delegates and a panel of elite judges, including Federation chief David Orr.
Five finalists will be asked to give a quick-fire presentation on their ideas to solve the housing crisis – something our politicians have been trying (and failing) to do for years.
During the conference, the finalists will be given access all-areas passes to attend any session they like as well as an invitation to the conference dinner. They will also receive free passes to the Young Leaders' Experience, held in conjunction with whg, later in the year.
Last year's Young Leaders winner, Hannah Allen, was astounded at the opportunities that came her way after winning the award, including shadowing David Orr for a day, getting involved with the Give Us A Chance consortium and presenting her own session at the Young Leaders Experience in November.
"Winning the Young Leaders award has led to the most amazing and craziest year of my career,” says Hannah.
"This year has snowballed for me thanks to 24housing, [NHF chief] David Orr and Aster, who all helped me to make the most of the opportunities I have been given.
"Meeting such great people and influential leaders has enabled me to develop and challenge my own thinking."
As if the prestigious Young Leaders award wasn't enough, the overall winner will also be commissioned to write a research project for the National Housing Federation, the findings of which will be published exclusively in 24housing magazine.
The winner will also receive:
- A leadership training course worth £1,500 from the Centre for Housing & Support
- The chance to shadow NHF chief David Orr
- The chance to guest edit 24housing magazine
How to enter
Anyone from your organisation can nominate a candidate, provided those put forward are under 30 at the time of entry. You can nominate as many people as you like!
To enter, simply click here and follow the instructions. You'll be asked for 200 words on why you've nominated your chosen person. The closing date for entries is 4 April.
Entrants will then be whittled down to a top 20 who will be put before an online public vote in May, the outcome of which will produce a final 10.
Those that make it through will then be invited to a semi-final day, details of which are yet to be confirmed, before the final five go through to challenge for the coveted award at the conference.
24housing editor Jon Land said: “This year’s Young Leaders award promises to be the best competition yet with a series of high profile and challenging tasks planned for our finalists.
“This is a major opportunity for the housing sector to support the development of ambitious young professionals and we urge individual organisations to get involved and nominate now.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to the NHF and the Centre for Housing Support for helping to make this year’s competition the most prestigious ever."