The 2023 Housing Quality Network annual conference welcomed not only a wealth of esteemed speakers, including Windrush campaigner, Patrick Vernon OBE, but it also hosted the final of Housing’s Next Generation 2023.

The remaining four candidates were tasked with becoming the CEO of imaginary housing association, Bungle Homes, for the day and delivering a motivational address to their staff in the audience. The audience and panel of judges then cast their votes before the winner was finally announced.

We are delighted to announce that it was Kate Ratcliffe from VIVID who took home the trophy this year, after a series of impressive performances, culminating in a final task in which she showed leadership, charisma and technical knowledge.

Congratulations to our other three finalists who made the job for the judging panel that much harder, with HQN chief executive, Alistair McIntosh noting the remarkable quality of this year’s finalists in his closing remarks.

You can see highlights from this year’s final task below, as well as the moment Kate was announced as the winner of Housing’s Next Generation 2023.

Stay tuned later in the year for information on next year’s competition with details on how to enter.