Claire lands top prize at national awards

A high-flying housing association graduate who "hated maths" at school has scooped a top national finance award. 

Claire Jennings, 24, investment assistant in Futures Housing Group's finance team, won the Best Newcomer category at the Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) Awards in London yesterday, 6th July 2017. 

She beat competition from two other finalists at the National Housing Federation-organised awards to bring home the award for Derbyshire-based Futures, which manages around 9,100 homes throughout the East Midlands. 

Judges said they “felt Claire exhibited enthusiasm, cross-team working and a great learning mentality”. 

Claire, who lives in Nottingham, said: "It feels very nice, I'm very happy. It's nice to know that you've made an impression in your first job, in a career that you didn't think you'd be in! 

"It's funny because I hated maths at school and wanted to get into policy work - but I also really wanted to work in housing and I was really pleased to get a placement with the finance team at Futures and I love it." 

Claire joined in 2015 from CharityWorks, an organisation which helps talented graduates with work placements after university. 

Sangita Surridge, Director of Finance at Futures who nominated Claire for the award, said: "We're so proud of Claire. She is a really deserving winner because she works hard, is an amazing asset to the whole team and has helped make finance more accessible across Futures. 

"I'm sure this is just the beginning of a really bright career for her." 

Futures was also shortlisted in the Risk Management category at the awards but missed out on landing the big prize. 

For more about Futures, please visit or follow us on Twitter @futures_hg. 

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