2019 Winners & Finalists

Inspire to achieve

The TIS National Excellence Awards: Inspire to Achieve, in association with the Scottish Government, took place on Saturday 15th June, and saw housing organisations, tenants, residents, and community groups come out on top as they scooped the top prizes for their outstanding work, passion, and commitment within the Scottish housing sector.

The categories honoured excellence in everything from, partnership working and scrutiny practice, to digital innovation and community regeneration.

This year, TIS, received an impressive response and welcomed high quality nominations across all eight award categories. Finalists were selected from a longlist of applicants by an independent judging panel that included representatives from Eildon Housing Association, Dundee City Council, and East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel.

TIS Chief Executive, Ilene Campbell, commented:

“The TIS National Excellence Awards offer a seal of approval for the most outstanding work across the sector.

“Each year applications get better and better and this year was no different. The exceptional quality of entries really shined through and this strength highlights the fantastic developments that organisations are taking to lead the way throughout the sector.”

Finalists from across Scotland made this year’s shortlist a hotly anticipated contest in a bid to receive one of eight prestigious trophies. The award ceremony and Gala Dinner took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Westerwood Hotel and Resort and was hosted by Scottish Actor, Gary Lamont.

The finalists and winners recognised at the awards ceremony were:

Young Achiever of the Year • Individual under the age of 30 award
Sponsor: Tenants and Residents East Ayrshire
Presenter: Bruce Cuthbertson, Chair, Tenants and Residents East Ayrshire

Winner: Leah Hays, Who Cares? Scotland
Runner-up: Jamie Louise Halkett, Glen Oaks Service Improvement Group


Tenant Participation ChampionHousing organisation staff member award
Sponsor: the Scottish Government
Presenter: Susan McLellan, Tenant Participation Manager, the Scottish Government

Winner: Ryan Davidson, Govan Housing Association

Finalist: Agnes Ramage, South Lanarkshire Council
Finalist: Neil McCulloch, East Ayrshire Council
Finalist: Deborah Piner, East Lothian Council


Excellence in Digital InnovationsHousing organisation award
Presenter: Greg Brown, first Director of TIS

Winner: Queens Cross Housing Association
Runner-up: Thenue Housing Association

Finalist: Aberdeen City Council


Danny Mullen Scrutiny ExcellenceHousing organisation award
Sponsor: West Lothian Tenants Housing Network in Partnership with West Lothian Council Tenant Participation Team
Presenter: Alison Kerr, West Lothian Tenants Housing Network

Winner: Editorial Panel, West Lothian Council

Finalist: Estate Inspection Working Group, East Lothian Council
Finalist: Our Approach to Scrutiny, South Lanarkshire Council


Excellence in RegenerationHousing organisation award
Sponsor: by CIH Scotland
Presenter: John Kerr, Board Member, COH Scotland

Winner: EAC and CANI Community Group, East Ayrshire#

Finalist: Harkness Crescent Tenants and Residents Group, East Lothian


Frances Nelson MBE Excellence • Individual award
Sponsor: Dundee City Council
Presenter: Councillor Anne Rendall, Dundee City Council

Winner: Stephen Byrne, Kintyre Alcohol & Drug Advisory Service

Finalist: Bruce Cuthbertson, Tenants and Residents East Ayrshire
Finalist: John McKenzie, Tenants and Residents East Ayrshire


Most Inspiring Scrutiny GroupGroup award
Sponsor: South Lanarkshire Council
Presenter: Councill Josh Wilson, South Lanarkshire Council

Winner: NETRALT Mystery Shopping Group

Finalist: Scrutiny Panel, West Dunbartonshire Council
Finalist: Tenants and Residents East Ayrshire
Finalist: Cunninghame Scrutiny Group


Tenants Group of the YearGroup award
Sponsor: the International Union of Tenants (IUT)
Presenter: Annika Wahlberg, Secretary, IUT

Winner: East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel

Finalist: Al Nour Community Group, West Lothian
Finalist: Campbell Area Tenants & Residents Association


Congratulations to all winners, runner-ups, and finalists. Applications for next year’s TIS National Excellence Awards will open in January 2020.