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Group Chief Executive, Chan Kataria, has been awarded

an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to

housing in the East Midlands.

Chelsea Morgan,

activities organiser at

the Medway emh

care & support day

centre, has been

selected as a finalist

at the National

Learning Disability &

Autism Awards.

Chelsea was nominated in the

Sporting Chance

category

which recognises individuals

who have worked creatively to

develop sporting activities in

which people with learning

disabilities and/or autism can

choose to participate and enjoy.

Chelsea has completed a

number of qualifications in her

own time to develop a

programme of accessible

sports.

A birthday present

from the Queen

Go Chelsea!

The award recognises immense

personal and professional

contribution to the housing

sector and communities over the

past 30 years, in particular his

success in building our

organisation into one of the

country’s most successful and

highly-regarded social

businesses.

Under his leadership, we have

grown to own and manage more

than 19,000 homes and

increase our annual turnover to

£100 million. Thanks to his

vision, we are now building 400

new homes a year – a number

that has almost doubled over the

last five years!

Ugandan-born Chan came to the

UK aged 11 in 1972, when his

family was among those forced to

leave their home country by the

regime of Idi Amin. Having

completed a degree in economics,

he chose a career in housing to

play his part in tackling the emerging

housing crisis.

After working for a range of local,

regional and national housing

organisations, Kataria joined East

Midlands Housing Association

in 2004 and set about building it

into a much larger and more

diverse group.

We are incredibly proud of Chan,

who is an ardent and effective

champion for diversity and

inclusion, leading by example to

promote greater equality.

“ This is a great honour for me

personally and for the work we

do at emh group to provide

housing and care services

across the East Midlands. It is

a privilege to be working with

such great colleagues who

work hard to improve the lives

of the people we serve.”

Chan Kataria

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