Winners of the William Sutton Prize 2020 announced
The winners of the third William Sutton Prize have been announced at an online awards ceremony.
We look for ground breaking new ideas which make a positive impact on a community. No idea is too big, or too small. You can enter as an individual with a fresh concept, or as an established organisation with a new business plan.
There are two distinct prizes, but the common theme is the value we place on innovation and the potential of an idea to make a positive difference to a community.
A prize of up to £20,000 is available to the winner of both categories. Thirteen projects have made the final shortlist for the third year of the prize, and more information can be found here.
About the awards
Clarion Housing Group would not exist today without William Sutton, a 19th century entrepreneur who founded the UK’s first door to door parcel delivery service and bequeathed his fortune, in order to provide much needed housing for the poor. William Sutton’s legacy is found not just in some of our buildings, but in the spirit of innovation and philanthropy that we embrace at Clarion Housing Group.
The William Sutton Prize Panel
The William Sutton Prize Panel oversees the shortlisting and final judging of applications. We are delighted to have secured the hugely valuable experience and expertise of our pool of panel members – more information on each of our panel members can be found below.
Following a 20-plus year international career in Banking, Greg joined HomeServe Membership, the UK division in international business HomeServe Plc, in 2012 as its UK CMO and became CEO in June 2017. HomeServe UK is a business of 3,000 People, including 1,000 field engineers, and with nearly two million Customers. Greg left HomeServe Plc at the end of October.
Between 2011 and 2012, HomeServe experienced an existential regulatory, reputational and commercial crisis and Greg was part of the new Executive team brought in to create and instil a culture that would help a different HomeServe to emerge; a commercially powerful business built on strong principles with the right ethos of committed People delivering effortless service to Customers.
Glassdoor has recognised HomeServe in the UK as one of the best places to work three times. In 2020, HomeServe was admitted to the FTSE100and on September 16, 2020, Glassdoor named Greg one of the top 5 highest rated CEOs in the UK during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Greg’s twin passions of helping to solve the UK’s housing crisis and encouraging social mobility through vocational education have led him to become a Board Director of Clarion Group, the UK’s largest Housing Association, and also a trustee of Talent Rise and the HomeServe Foundation.
A native of Smyrna, Delaware, Greg’s undergraduate degree was in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and he also holds a Juris Doctor from Delaware Law School. Greg lives in Edinburgh with his childhood sweetheart Melissa and their three children. His best friend is his border collie, Piper.
Biljana is an urban planner and architect based in London. She is a passionate advocate for creative, responsible and collaborative placemaking that benefits all. Biljana currently splits her time between working as urban integration and planning specialist on Crossrail 2, the biggest new infrastructure project in London, and as independent facilitator, planning and design consultant providing support to a number of local authorities and community organisations developing built environment policies and projects.
Previously she led a UK-wide training and mentoring programme for community groups working to regenerate historic buildings and sites they love, and a programme of support to communities in England piloting neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act (2011). As part of The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Biljana led a number of government funded programmes of urban design and planning support to public sector organisations working in housing growth and renewal areas.
She is a Director of the Academy of Urbanism; a Design Council’s Built Environment Expert (BEE), member of Croydon Council’s Place Review Panel and The Glass House Community-Led Design’s Enabling Panel. As a Winston Churchill Fellow Biljana studied approaches to community engagement in urban planning and development in Australia, New Zealand and Cuba. For further updates follow Biljana on Twitter (@BiljanaSavic).
Peter Holbrook became CEO of Social Enterprise UK in January 2010.
Social Enterprise UK is the national trade body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. SEUK works to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society.
Peter has established, developed and supported hundreds of diverse social enterprises over his career. He has advised government taskforces in the UK and overseas and chaired the Social Enterprise World Forum, the global network of social businesses until 2015.
He was appointed a CBE in 2015.
Clare is the Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group. She was previously Affinity Sutton’s Group Director of Governance and Compliance.
Prior to this she was an Executive Director at the TSA, with responsibility for housing association regulation. Clare has also worked for the Housing Corporation, where she led on the financial regulation of associations in special measures. Clare is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand.
Clare is looking forward to judging the William Sutton Prize and hoping to see a range of innovative and bold entries!
Peter is Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Bromley and holds the Portfolio for Education, Children and Families. He runs his own consultancy and management company and was formally Business & Operations Manager for Newsquest South London and Sussex. Peter is very pleased to see William Sutton's legacy secured via this exciting and innovative award.
Michelle was formerly Clarion’s Group Director for Commercial Services and has served on the Group Executive team since Clarion was formed in 2016. Michelle has over 25 years experience and her previous roles include directorships at Affinity Sutton and William Sutton, and Chief Executive of Aashyana, the South West's first Asian-led housing association.
As Chief Operating Officer, Michelle leads on the transformation of the Group’s customer service offer to its 360,000 residents. Michelle also has responsibility for overseeing the long-term investment plan for new homes and neighbourhoods, creating mixed communities that are desirable and fit for the future.
Richard is Group Director of Development. He joined Clarion in February 2019 from Lendlease Europe, where he was Head of Residential and responsible for delivering 1,000 new homes per year of mixed tenure from open market to affordable.
Richard joined Lendlease in 2010 as Head of Delivery of the Design and Build contracts on the Olympic Village for London 2012. His extensive career in residential development includes senior roles at Mace and George Wimpey PLC (now Taylor Wimpey PLC).