Pine Court Housing Association Chair Philip Leong has been recognised with a national award for his legacy in social housing.
Philip, who is also Chair for Sovini Group, was shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations across eight categories, and beat seven other contenders in the running for the Positive Role Model for Race, Religion & Faith Award at the National Diversity Awards (NDA). The NDA awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.
Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral was a fitting setting for Philip to be recognised as a community hero, so close to the city’s South East Asian community who Philip has served as Pine Court Chair since 2011.
Philip was one of the driving forces behind Pine Court joining the Sovini Group, which has helped transform the fortunes of the BME (Black, Minority Ethnic) Association.
Philip said “I was extremely privileged to be shortlisted alongside such talented and committed individuals, any one of whom would have been a worthy winner. Winning the award for positive role model has given me further confidence to achieve my ambitions to enrich the quality of lives for our customers and the wider community”
Philip was applauded at the ceremony for showcasing his extensive leadership skills in supporting Pine Court as a board member since 2007, in particular by empowering tenants, supporting staff and making bold changes which mean that Pine Court is one of few BME housing associations nationally that is building new homes for the community.
Judges commended Philip for being “a role model for his persistence, perseverance and dedication to using his considerable skills in support of people in need from South East Asian communities and beyond.”
Presenting Philip with the accolade TV weatherman Alex Beresford, said: “In his last year as board member, Philip can be assured of a lasting legacy.”