Hexagon’s Finance & IT Director, Phil Newsam, has won an award for ‘Finance Director of the Year’ at the recent National Housing Federation’s Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) Awards. Phil won in the category for Finance Directors of Housing Associations with up to 10,000 units. The NHF currently have just over 900 members, so this is a significant prize!
The glitzy ceremony was held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel on 5th July and as well as Phil, Hexagon representatives were Chief Executive, Tom McCormack and Debbie Bankole-Williams, Vice Chair and Lead Board Member for Finance.
Phil was nominated for the award by Tom who had this to say about why he felt Phil would be a well deserving recipient of the award “Phil has often been described as being something of a ‘thought leader’ in the sector…….when it comes to running Hexagon’s finances, Phil really understands the importance of balancing ’head with heart’ and in my perspective that is what makes her a very special Finance Director”, sentiments which were echoed by the competition judges.
On winning the award Phil said “It was an honour to be nominated and I am delighted to have won. The strategic work that I do is underpinned by the work of my brilliant finance team, and helped by careful consideration of the options at executive team and board level. So this is really a tribute to all my colleagues in Hexagon.”
The awards were hosted by Gyles Brandreth, writer, broadcaster and former MP and the Finance Director category was sponsored by SDS. Phil Shelton of SDS handed Phil her award.