Women in Compliance News

Sponsorship update -Everline

As our founding members will of remember, our fundraising efforts at the launch of Women in Compliance allowed us to sponsor a young girl in Africa, Everline to go to school for 5 years – allowing her the opportunity to gain a good education.  We received a wonderful letter from her recently – its seems she is progressing well, and it is so wonderful that we have been able to make a difference in her life.

This sponsorship was organised by our very own Kathryn Bartholomew – thank you Kathryn and everyone that contributed and supported this initiative.

We are already looking forward to the next letter from this lovely girl and will be sure to update you once we do! If you have a message for Everline, do get in touch and we’ll be sure to pass it on!

Click here to read the latest Letter from Everline

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The Women in Compliance group has helped me beat ‘imposter syndrome’ – it’s a feeling many of us women know well!

Jackie Westerman is an administrator for Argyll Community Housing Association, a social housing provider servicing over 5000 homes based on the west coast of Scotland.

Working within the gas, solid fuel and EPI servicing sector, she shares her story on how the Women in Compliance group has become an important part of her working life.

Click here to read the full case study from Jackie who will be attending our next Women in Compliance networking session at the ASCP Scotland safety & compliance conference on the 26th September 2019.

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First female to graduate the new CORGI VRQ Compliance Diploma!

A huge congratulations to Amanda Curtis for being the first woman to complete the Level 4 diploma in Asset & Building Management Compliance course!  Amanda Curtis, Compliance Manager at Notting Hill Genesis has recently been awarded her certificate by our Senior Technical Manager Trevor Batt at her office in London. On receiving her qualification, Amanda said: “I am really pleased to have passed my level 4 diploma, and to be the first woman! It’s one of the best courses I have completed covering the five key areas of compliance … albeit challenging at times.  I think being a woman in compliance has enabled me to show that women can work in this environment which has been predominantly male led, and can achieve and excel in what they do, and do it very well.  If I was to offer advice to anyone wanting to undertake the course, it would be …. Set yourself the challenge of one theme a month, by doing this enabled me to keep focused and within the year reach my goal to complete the course.”Kim Morris, Head of Training and Membership at CORGI said “We would like to extend our congratulations to Amanda for being one of the first people to pass the CORGI Level 4 VRQ Diploma in Asset & Building Management 

Compliance. It is an extremely comprehensive course, covering the key aspects of compliance within social housing and facilities management including fire, gas, electrical, asbestos and legionella safety, and therefore requires a certain level of dedication to complete the course. It is a real achievement and I very much hope the learnings from the course will benefit Amanda’s Compliance Management role at Notting Hill Genesis going forward.More details of the course can be found here.

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Women in Housing 2019 Awards

We are delighted to announce that for a second year running, our very own CEO, Claire Heyes has been shortlisted for an award at the Women in Housing 2019 Awards, taking place in Manchester in October.

The award Claire has been shortlisted for is the Women of the year: Leadership, for her continued commitment to raising industry standards and awareness in all safety and compliance matters and for supporting females in social housing through the

Women in Compliance group.

The Women of the Year: Leadership award recognises women who are an inspiration to others and are an outstanding ambassador for women in housing and excel in whatever they do.

We are very excited and wish Claire the best of luck!

 

 

 

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“I’ve faced many a raised eyebrow from my male counterparts. I got the impression they didn’t think I would lastAttending the Women in Compliance lunch was refreshing for me’

Nikki is a gas technician for Yarlington Housing Group, which serves 10,000 properties across Somerset, Devon and Dorset. As the only female in a team of 100 technicians, Nikki shares her story of working within a male dominated industry and how the ASCP Women in Compliance group was a refreshing change, bringing together women that had plenty in common.

‘In my role as a gas technician I service, maintain and repair heating systems, working within a small team of 11 technicians. I joined the team over 10 years ago, initially training as a solid fuel technician before completing my training and continuing to complete my ACS gas qualification.

‘I’ve faced many a raised eyebrow and mild disbelief from my male counterparts. I got the impression they didn’t think I would last, so I really felt I had to prove myself by completing my training, which I did. Only then was I really accepted. I quickly realised that knowledge is key in the world of compliance and that knowledge is what gains you respect…even more so for a woman.’

Click here to read the full article from Nikki and how she broke down barriers in her workplace.

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‘The Women in Compliance sessions have been so useful to me…I have gained and shared so much knowledge in a sector where we can feel undervalued and underrepresented.’

Katie Fellows is a Contracts Delivery Manager at PH Jones, the social housing arm of British Gas – providing over 60 local authorities with service, repair and installation works, covering 250,000 properties each year. Here she shares an insight into her career and her reasons for joining the ASCP’s Women in Compliance group.

I’ve worked in social housing for over 12 years, first joining a Housing Association as the co-ordinator of their S&R contract. That’s where I completed my CORGI and HCA qualifications in gas safety and social housing management. I then decided I wanted a new challenge and moved to the contractor side, which has been a great decision.

Click here to read the full article from Katie on her thoughts on being a founder member of the Women in Compliance and how the industry is changing.