Forbes Proud to Sponsor Women In Housing Conference 2015


01 September, 2015

Forbes is delighted to be sponsoring and attending the inaugural Women In Housing Awards Conference which will take place on 22 October 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester. The conference will deliver a packed programme of presentations, debates and workshops joined by some fantastic guest speakers.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Baroness Warsi. The Baroness first became the Vice Chairman and advisor to the then conservative leader Michael Howard in 2004 before standing as a parliamentary candidate in her home town, Dewsbury West Yorkshire, the following year. Baroness Warsi became the youngest peer in Parliament in 2007 at age 36 when she was elevated to the House of Lords before going on to become the first Muslim to serve in the British cabinet in 2010 and the leading Muslim politician in the western world. She was appointed as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities but later resigned from Government in 2014.

Other high profile keynote speakers from the sector include Carol Matthews (Chief Executive, Riverside), Barbara Spicer (Chief Executive, Plus Dane Housing) and Geraldine Howley (Chief Executive, Incommunities & CIH President).

Following the conference will be the third annual Women In Housing Awards, which runs in partnership with Women in Social Housing, where recognition is given for the amazing achievements women have made across the housing sector. This year there will be 9 award categories and each category will be judged by an independent panel consisting of professionals across the industry. Lucy Worrall, Head of Housing and Regeneration (Property) here at Forbes Solicitors, had the pleasure of being a judge at last year's awards.

The last two Women In Housing Awards welcomed Karen Brady CBE and Lulu OBE as special guests. This year's special guest has now been announced as being Katie Piper is a former model turned TV presenter and founder of the Katie Piper Foundation, a charity helping those afflicted by severe burns and scars.

Lucy Worrall, Head of Housing and Regeneration (Property) at Forbes Solicitors comments "We are delighted to be involved with this year's Women in Housing Awards and Conference, and are looking forward to hearing the inspirational stories from women in the housing sector."

For more details regarding the conference, and to view the full programme, please visit the dedicated Women in Housing conference website at -

We look forward to seeing you there.


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