Bassetlaw: A1 Housing scoops top gong at inaugural Gas Safety Managers Awards

A1 Housing has been celebrated for its dedication to gas safety management by picking up a prestigious award at the inaugural Association of Gas Safety Managers (ASGM) awards evening.

Monday, 19th May 2014, 9:00 am
Stuart Morris and Andrew Steen from A1 Housing receive their AGSM Gas Safety Award from event host Charlie Webster (left) of Sky Sports and Chris Bielby (right), President of the AGSM

The ALMO, which manages social housing properties on behalf of Bassetlaw Council, picked up one of the top awards of the glittering ceremony – the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the work of the Association of Gas Safety Management.

The event celebrated the achievements of some of the leading ALMOs, Housing Associations, Local Authorities and private contractors from across the country during 2013-14, by recognising initiatives, personal successes and outstanding professional contributions to gas safety management.

Bernard Coleman, managing director at A1 Housing said: “The award is an outstanding achievement not only for A1 Housing, but for the staff involved whose time and dedication have ensured that the service we provide to tenants is one of the very best in the country.”

Chris Bielby, president of the AGSM added: “This organisation has undergone a detailed review of its gas safety processes to achieve the high standard of CORGI Accreditation and is also one of the AGSM Corporate members.”

“A1 Housing further promotes the objectives of the AGSM and strives to achieve the highest standards in gas safety working closely with CORGI and other AGSM members.”

Over the last 12 months, A1 Housing has become only the second ALMO in the country to receive a dedicated CORGI accreditation; Gas Safety Management in Social Housing.

This accreditation was achieved following a rigorous review of A1 Housing’s policy, procedures and practices, along with their gas contractor Liberty Group, and ensures that housing providers adhere to the highest standards, giving tenants and residents firm reassurance that they have safe and efficient gas appliances in their homes.

In addition A1’s heating, mechanical and electrical manager, Andrew Steen was one of the first 40 gas managers in the country to attain a new CORGI qualification, the Level 4 VRQ qualification Gas Safety Management in Social Housing, which recognises skills and knowledge on delivering effective gas safety management and heating.

Mechanical and technical administration officer Felicity Skillen, has also gained a Level 2 VRQ qualification in Gas Safety Awareness in social housing.

A1 was also nominated for three other awards, the President’s Award for the outstanding contribution of an individual to the work of the AGSM, Gas Safety Initiative of the Year and Public Safety Initiative of the Year.