Mannigham Housing Association Chief Exec earns hero status

Lee Bloomfield

Manningham Housing Association 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, the national awards recognise the commitment, passion and hard work of the unsung heroes of the UK housing sector.

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

Barrington Billings, Chair of the MHA board, said: “This is more excellent news for Manningham Housing Association after recently being shortlisted for four other national housing awards, winning a Northern Housing Award and becoming the first association in the country to be officially accredited for our work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.   

“Since he joined MHA in January 2018, Lee has skillfully steered the association through a change programme which has significantly improved the quality of everything we do.  I certainly regard Lee as a housing hero.  It’s wonderful that this status has been made official.”     

Mr Bloomfield, who spent almost four years as chief executive of the Leeds Jewish Housing Association before joining MHA, said he was humbled by winning the award. “I am obviously very pleased to win, but knowing that I have been able to positively impact the work of colleagues in the housing association sector is even more satisfying.

“It is never a chore to mentor others.  I have received excellent advice from many very knowledgeable professionals throughout my career and it is great be able to pass this on whenever possible.

“Being part of the Housing Diversity Network’s Board Excellence Programme is a privilege and an education in itself.   I would like to thank the MHA board for enabling me to be involved.”

With an annual turnover of £8.5m and a staff of 32, MHA manages more than 1,400 homes for families, the elderly and those in need in Bradford and Keighley.