Manningham Housing Association CEO Awarded “Hero” Status

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) chief executive Lee Bloomfield has been named as Mentor of the Year at the prestigious Housing Heroes awards.

Organised by leading trade publication Inside Housing in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the national awards recognise the commitment, passion and hard work of the unsung heroes of the UK housing sector.

Lee Bloomfield

Lee Bloomfield

The ceremony was held as a curtain raiser to Housing 2019, the CIH’s annual conference which was addressed by Theresa May in one her final speeches as Prime Minister.

Mr Bloomfield was recognised for his achievements as a mentor on the Housing Diversity Network’s Board Excellence Programme.

Taf Sharif, a board member at the Stockport-based Equity Housing Group, was someone who benefited from the MHA chief executive’s guidance.

She said:  “Lee’s housing knowledge, support and words of encouragement have been invaluable in shaping and improving my role as a board member at Equity Housing.

“He has guided me throughout the year providing practical support and tangible actions for me to put into practice.  This has enabled me to perform more conscientiously and effectively, adding value to the board as a whole.

“Lee has been approachable and has made a positive difference to instilling confidence and assertiveness to a young, female, minority ethnic non-executive director in the housing sector, such as myself.”

Rebecca Asady, also a board member at Equity Housing Group, was equally keen to praise Mr Bloomfield’s work.

She said: “I was lucky to have Lee assigned as my mentor. He has been generous with both his time and expertise, guiding me in a supportive and professional manner even after the formal mentorship programme ended.

“Lee’s exemplary values inform his advice and this provides real assurance in approaching new situations as a board member.”