Bradford-based housing hero shortlisted for colleague of the year

Carolina Padovezi de Oliveira, corporate project manager at Manningham Housing Association (MHA), could receive the win at this years Housing Hero Awards in Manchester.

To say Carolina is deserving of winning the inspirational colleague of the year award at this year’s Housing Hero event is an understatement. Originally from Brazil, she joined MHA in 2019 as an administrative assistant to the executive team and was promoted to corporate project manager within just four years.

Within her role, Carolina specialises in recruitment, training, IT and communications. In addition, she has placed MHA at the forefront of digital innovation and become a national speaker on the subject, specialising in AI.

She also leads on equality, diversity and inclusion with her work paving the way for MHA to become the first housing association in the world to achieve the global Standard for Diversity and Inclusion in HR Management.

Commenting on the news of her nomination, Carolina claimed that this isn’t just about her efforts, but about everyone’s at MHA.

‘I am deeply honored to be nominated as an inspirational colleague of the year for the Housing Hero Awards 2024,’ Carolina said. ‘This nomination by Manningham Housing Association is not only a personal accolade but a testament to our collective efforts to dive positive change within the community.’

Carolina added: ‘I share this recognition with my exceptional team, as it mirrors our shared commitment to excellence and innovation. Together, we are dedicated to fostering an environment where inspiration and collaboration lead the way.’

In addition, Lee Bloomfield, chief executive of MHA, said there is no one more deserving of the win than Carolina as ‘she is incredibly modest and never acknowledges the enormous impact she makes.’

Lee declared: ‘Carolina’s achievement in being shortlisted for this prestigious national award provides the wider MHA family with the opportunity to celebrate her contribution and showcase her achievements to an audience far beyond our locality, whilst inspiring others to follow her selfless approach to success. 

‘Her dynamic work on behalf of the organisation, our tenants, stakeholders and fellow staff members is always fully focused on delivering positive results for them and never about gaining recognition or praise for herself.

‘We wish her every success at the awards ceremony.’

The Housing Hero Awards are taking place alongside the Women in Housing Awards on 24th June at Manchester Central as part of Housing 2024 – the leading event for the housing industry to meet professionals and celebrate those in the sector making a real difference. 

Images: MHA

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