Student Housing Leadership Awards

Announcing the 3rd Annual Student Housing Leadership Awards Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Our awards night puts a spotlight on the incredible contributions that operational staff make to the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector and recognises the top talent across this vibrant industry. Applications are free of charge.

The third annual SHLA’s will be taking place on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at Jacks Bar in Waterloo, London. Tickets are just £15, with £5 per ticket being donated to Student Minds. Get your tickets here!

We will be recognising achievements from the September 2017 – September 2018 academic year and encourage nominations from all PBSA providers and Universities. For more information on the event and the application process, please email us or phone and ask for Andrew White.

Our judging panelists consist of highly experienced and independent eyes who are able to identify the highest of quality.

Anil Khera is Founder and CEO of the extremely exciting global co-living business, Node.
Anil is also the former Managing Director of The Blackstone Group the largest alternative investment firm in the world and is guaranteed to make brilliant choices on our shortlist.

Sarah Quinn’s extensive career history in purpose built student accommodation and non-exec director to a social housing enterprise makes her the perfect judge for this years SHLA’s. Sarah is currently Head of Residential Operations of the luxury built to rent owner operator, Moda.

David Goldberg is Founder and CEO of POD Management, the residential property management business revolutionising the industry and is ready to bring his expertise to the SHLA judging panel.

Tracey Hartley is Head of Residential to the several billion pound Howard de Walden property estate in Marylebone. Having previously led the project for Grainger’s PRS strategy as their Director of Residential Operations, Tracey is set to bring her wisdom to our 3rd Annual SHLA’s.

Honor Barratt is Managing Director of Birchgrove, a business opening an exceptional rental portfolio of assisted living developments with contemporary retirement apartments and will bring tremendous knowledge to the panel.

The Judging Panel

Categories and Shortlist 2018/19

Site Staff Member of the Year

An award for those who have provided an excellent experience for the students within their building. Providing excellence in hospitality, customer service and sales while championing student relationship development and pastoral care.


- Lisa Kennedy (Prime)
- Nicci Lee (Fortis)
- Hiba Nazish (Host)
- Kimberly Darbyshire (Liberty Living)
- Luis Do Silva (Scape)

Operational Support Member of the Year

An award for those who have provided much needed support to site based teams from a head/central office. Championing company values with an innovative and forward-thinking approach to raising the organisations’ standards.


- Silvia Scardaoni (Nido)
- Je-Mele Britton (Liberty Living)
- Man Wai Kwok (CRM)
- Rachel Ramella (Homes for Students)
- Simon Mansell (Host)

Site Team of the Year

An award for teams demonstrating a collective effort in excellence on one or multiple sites. Showcasing an ability to benefit the students through effective teamwork creating events, projects and campaigns that demonstrate excellence in quality and innovation.


- Bentley House (GSA)
- Leighton Hall (CRM)
- Student Experience Team (UAL)
- Liberty Point Southampton (Liberty Living)
- Wembley Team (Scape)

Student Welfare Initiative of the Year

An award for those who demonstrate excellence in student welfare with consistent examples of improving the well being of the students in the properties. This candidate will show evidence of training and supporting staff members to provide the best possible pastoral care to their residents.


- CRM Students
- Rebecca Morris (Homes for Students)
- The Student Housing Company (GSA)
- Liberty Living Students

Unsung Hero of the Year

An award for those who have exceeded expectations without seeking recognition. An individual whose contribution differs from others within the same job and has made a significant improvement to the student experience, sales, customer service and more.


- Annie Lawton (Nido)
- Daniel King (Host)
- Rebecca McNulty (CRM)
- Ben Massey (Liberty Living)
- Sally O'Brien (Homes for Students)

What do the SHLA's mean for contestants?

The 2017/2018 Winners

Assistant Accommodation Manager of the Year

Winner: Jason Tresfon – Liberty Living for his excellence in delivering hospitality and customer service, positive feedback from the students and constant improvements to the service delivery of the building.

Site Team of the Year

Winner: Beaverbank Place – Homes for Students for demonstrating excellent customer delivery with effective teamwork, a strong record of events and campaigns on site and evidence of student engagement and growth.

Student Event of the Year

Winner: Nido Fest – The Nido Collection for innovation, strong attendance, engagement and creating an event with a lasting legacy.

Unsung Hero of the Year

Winner: Kevin Newman – The Nido Collection for going beyond the call of duty and for playing an integral part of the team.

Accommodation Manager of the Year

Winner: Emma Colbeck – Kexgill for delivering excellent customer service and an unrivalled experience for the students she oversees.