Damian Lewis look-alike social housing pro scoops top award
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Damian Lewis look-a-like social housing pro scoops top award
A 33-year-old social housing professional has been named one of the UK's top 10 new generation business leaders in a national award scheme.
Kingsley Thorton, an operational support director with social housing contractor Forrest, won Business in the Communities’ (BITC) Sieff Award for ‘Future Leaders’ in the North West region.
Mr Thorton, who could be mistaken for film star Damian Lewis, leads 40 staff across a range of business functions, including compliance, learning & development and IT and after-services.
He was commended by the judges for "introducing best practice initiatives that support innovation and sustainable business growth, while also maintaining a high level customer satisfaction and continued community investment".
The Sieff Award recognises individuals who are driving sustainable practices and transforming the way people do business in years to come.
Lee McCarren, Forrest's chief executive, said: “Since joining Forrest four years ago, Kingsley has proved himself to be a top talent, delivering excellent results for the company, our clients and their customers.
"His rapid progression to operational support director at the age of 30 is evidence of his genuine ability, and it’s fantastic to see his hard work recognised with a Sieff Award. I truly believe Kingsley is set to become one of construction’s great leaders for the future.”
Kingsley’s award was announced as part of BITC’s Local Impact Awards for the North West, which honours the socially-responsible actions of businesses and individuals in the region.
Founded in Liverpool more than 30 years ago, the business-led charity’s awards are the UK’s longest-running CSR scheme, recognising businesses that are making a positive difference to society and the environment.