2018 Finalists Announced!

The TIS National Excellence Awards: Inspire to Achieve, in association with the Scottish Government, recognises and honours housing organisations, tenants, residents, and community groups who are leading the way and making a difference throughout the Scottish social housing sector.

This year, the Tenants Information Service (TIS) received an impressive response and welcomed high quality nominations across all nine award categories. Finalists were selected from a longlist of applicants by an independent judging panel that consisted of representatives from organisations including Queens Cross Housing Association, Dundee City Council and The Scottish Government.

TIS Chief Executive, Ilene Campbell, commented:

“The exceptional quality of entries really shined through this year. The strength of applications highlight the fantastic developments that organisations are taking to lead the way throughout the sector.”

Finalists from across Scotland make this year’s shortlist a hotly anticipated contest in a bid to receive one of eight prestigious trophies. The award ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place on Saturday 9th June 2018 at the Westerwood Hotel and Resort, Glasgow and will be presented by TV and radio presenter, Cat Harvey.

The event is ticketed and includes a three course Gala Dinner and evening entertainment. Please contact Fawn Russell on frussell@tis.org.uk or telephone 0141 248 1242 to reserve your place.


This year’s finalists:

Best Innovative Practice

  • Tenant Participation Development Working Group & TP Team, West Lothian Council
  • Connect4Renfrewshire, Linstone Housing

Community Development Excellence
Sponsor: CIH Scotland

  • HETRA – Mental Health Peer Support sub group, East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel
  • East Ayrshire Federation of Tenants and Residents

Frances Nelson MBE Excellence
Sponsor: Dundee City Council

  • Norma Groves, Aberdeen City Council
  • Sam Hewitt, South Lanarkshire Tenants Development Support Project
  • Steve Byrne, Highland & Argyll & Bute Regional Network of RTO’s
  • June Anderson, Clackmannanshire Federation of Tenants and Residents

Most Inspiring Scrutiny Group

  • Budget Scrutiny Group, South Lanarkshire Council
  • Aberdeen Housing Service Review Group, Aberdeen City Council
  • Scrutiny Focus Panel, Castle Rock Edinvar
  • The Bield Improvement Group, Bield Housing & Care

Most Inspiring Scrutiny Newcomer
Sponsor: Glen Oaks Housing Association

  • Hanover HEART, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association
  • Customer Scrutiny Group, South Lanarkshire Council
  • Your Voice Scrutiny Group, Argyll Community Housing Association

Scrutiny Excellence

  • Aberdeen Housing Service Review Group, Aberdeen City Council
  • East Lothian Tenant Scrutiny Group, East Lothian Council

Tenant Participation Champion
Sponsor: The Scottish Government

  • Carol Hannaford, Aberdeen City Council
  • Margaret Baillie, Linstone Housing
  • Max Scotto, Kingdom Housing Association

Tenant Participation Excellence

  • Sheltered Housing Conference Planning Group, South Lanarkshire Council
  • Aberdeen City Council

Tenants and Residents Organisation of the Year

  • Rigside and Douglas Water Tenants and Residents Association
  • Dundee Federation of Tenants’ Associations
  • Braehead Park Tenants and Residents Association

Congratulations to all finalists and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination this year.