(L-R, Robin Lawler, Abdulqadir Moobe and guest presenter Lisa Riley)
A refugee who is so dedicated that he walked from Salford to college in Moston each day because he couldn't afford the bus is tipped for the top at Northwards.
Originally from Somalia, Abdulqadir Moobe started with us as a housing apprentice. He began working with our housing officers in Cheetham, where his knowledge of five different languages served our diverse tenants very well. After learning the ropes at the local office, he's now helping the Rehousing Team with the thousands of applications they have to deal with.
On Friday, Abdul was given the Chief Executive's Special Commendation at our staff awards ceremony. Robin Lawler, our chief exec, said: "His capacity for learning and delivering fantastic customer service has really stood out.
"During his relatively short time here, he has made a huge impact, proving himself to be adaptable and capable of being part of any team.
"Abdul’s determination is what really stands out. He is determined to be the best at whatever he puts his mind to. I have no doubt he will go far. I may need to watch out for my job."
Watch Abdul tell his story in his own words...
There were lots of other awards at this year's ceremony. Here are all the winners. You can view the nominees in action on our YouTube page:
Team Player of the Year – Sponsored by Solarking UK
Joy Blairs, Trainee Electrical Surveyor
Joy helped fix a shower for a poorly tenant who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to wash for a whole weekend.
Customer Champion of the Year – Sponsored by Procure Plus
Andrew Beavan, Digital Inclusion Officer
Thanks to Andrew, countless excluded tenants have discovered the benefits of being online.
Unsung Hero of the Year – Sponsored by Wrekin Windows
Keith Farrell, Surveyor
Customers love Keith so much that AVRO Hollows tenants have even asked for him to be their dedicated surveyor.
Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Chubb
Phil Keogh, Senior Design and Delivery Manager
So beloved and supportive is Phil that one of his team says he’s “like a second dad.”
Employee of the Year – Sponsored by Spectra
Frances McDermott, Housing and Care Options Adviser
Frances’ work helping older people to find a home for their needs has saved the NHS around £1 million.
Hidden Gem of the Year
Gina Drury, Housing Assistant
Gina is described as the “heartbeat” of the empty homes team, which is probably why she was nominated
for this award by three different people!
Team of the Year – Sponsored by Prodo Housing
With three new babies arriving this year and staff on maternity leave, the team excelled themselves to keep on top of the thousands of applications they process.