JRHT manager recognised in Jubilee honours  

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Posted on9 Jun 2022

JRHT Hartfields senior manager, Kate Thompson, has been made an MBE as part of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours.

A highly experienced housing professional, Kate has been recognised for her many years of effective, inclusive leadership. As head of JRHT's extra care service, Kate leads the teams supporting residents in JRHT’s retirement villages in Hartlepool, Scarborough and York. In that time, she has been a driving force in the organisation's adoption of dementia friendly principles, sought to strengthen links with the wider community, and been at the forefront of the LGBT Plus staff network's efforts to make JRHT a more inclusive workplace and housing provider.

Kate joined JRHT in 2014 as a Neighbourhood Manager after more than a decade working in communities in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Midlands. Normally based at the Hartfields community, in her current role as Head of Extra Care and Interim Housing Lead Kate now divides her time between Hartlepool, Scarborough and New Earswick in York, from where she runs the teams that provide general housing management services to families in JRHT-built homes.

Kate said: “I am humbled to have been nominated for this honour and share the recognition with my amazing colleagues who have been working tirelessly to keep communities safe over the last two years without sacrificing the things that made life good in the first place. I would also like to thank all our residents who did so much to keep morale high within my teams and among their neighbours during various waves of the pandemic.”

Paul Kissack, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, added: “Kate Thompson has been a driving force for social justice building inclusive communities for over 20 years, particularly focused on people with special educational needs and dementia, as well as being a strong champion of LGBT. Since the start of the pandemic Kate has once again demonstrated her values-based leadership and dedication to others – supporting staff, residents and tenants of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust through difficult times. Kate is an inspiration, and I’m delighted that her tireless dedication has been recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours”.