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Housing leader Hattie wins national award

Fri 30 March 2018

The Chair of Colne Housing has been named Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year.

Hattie Llewelyn-Davies won the accolade for her work in the not-for-profit sector.

The Sunday Times-sponsored national awards recognise Non-Executive Directors within the business and not-for-profit/public sector.

Hattie, 63, has been very modest about the accolade and says she is just doing her job. 

Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: 'We are incredibly proud of Hattie she is an inspiring Chair and is quietly changing the way Boards think.'

Hattie, who became Colne’s Chair in September 2017, was nominated for her work at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, where she has helped performance improve.

The nominee must have made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy, impacted on the financial success of the company, demonstrated high ethical standards and shown good corporate governance.

Hattie, who lives in Hertfordshire and spends most of her spare time in Norfolk saving seals, got involved in helping others when she dropped out of university and worked at a centre for rough sleepers in London.

She went on to work with housing associations and hostels, before falling into management. After stints as Chief Executive of Shepherd’s Bush Housing Association and regional director of the Circle 33 Housing Trust, she became self-employed and started as a NED after having children.

Today, as well as being the Chair of Colne Housing, she is a board member of YourMK, a joint venture between Milton Keynes council and the builder Mears to renovate social housing.

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Housing leader Hattie wins national award

Hattie collects her award

Housing leader Hattie wins national award

Colne Housing's Chair of the Board Hattie Llewelyn-Davies