Bromford boss receives Queen’s Birthday Honour
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Bromford Chief Executive, Mick Kent, has today been awarded an OBE from the Queen for services to housing, as part of the Birthday Honours List.
Check out our handy (and downloadable) Queen's Honours factfile HERE.
Mick said he was “blown away” by the Honour and wanted to emphasise that it’s “a reflection of the fantastic work Bromford colleagues do day-in-day-out, inspiring customers to be their best. So many colleagues go the extra mile to make this happen, this award is for them." He adds: “As a leader my role is to help create the right environment, a great place to work and a place where people can give their best. That’s what I’ve tried to do since the day I arrived here with the help and support of some great colleagues along the way."
Mick revealed that he was surprised to have been recognised in the Honours List: “I know I can be controversial at times; many people know that I’ll say the unsayable and I’m prepared to be different and challenge the norm. Nevertheless I’m really delighted and even more so for the colleagues I work with.”
Chief Executive at Bromford since 1984, Mick has seen huge growth and change in the Midlands-based social business under his leadership. From around 1000 homes and 27 colleagues in the 80’s to over 27,000 homes and 1,250 colleagues today, Bromford now offers a myriad of services that enable people to live life to the fullest. Those who work closely with Mick say that it’s his “challenging approach" and his "bravery in bringing new perspectives and innovative solutions” that set him apart and have moved Bromford forward.
Innovative solutions such as the radical Bromford Deal: The 'something for something' relationship that means being a Bromford customer is about more than just having a home and paying rent. It promotes self-reliance in customers through support with life skills, volunteering, training and work in return for responsibilities relating to their tenancy. It’s about helping customers to help themselves and each other. Other innovative services include Bromford Connect, the unique social network for jobs and skills that helps customers to bridge-the-gap between unemployment and work whilst connecting them to local opportunities.
Mick’s personal leadership in developing Bromford’s renowned culture was also an influencing factor on the OBE appointment. “He has incredible forward vision and is a key influencer, yet at the same time touches the lives of many colleagues and customers, making a lasting impression on all who meet him”, notes Tony Crawford, Chair of Bromford. He continues: “Mick never loses sight of Bromford colleagues and the importance of their work and he constantly challenges and inspires. Mick certainly doesn’t have an ego or private office, he’s completely at home being amongst our colleagues daily and when he’s not around in person he keeps in touch through social media. Whether he’s on his way to Westminster or at the top of Mount Snowdon, colleagues get to know what Mick’s up to."
Mick Kent’s OBE award couldn’t be better timed as Bromford celebrates its 50th year in business. He is expected to collect the award from the Palace later in the year.
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