Tony Hall has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award.
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The outgoing chief executive at Freebridge Community Housing is up for a lifetime achievement award. 

Tony Hall, who is leaving Freebridge at the end of the month, has been nominated for a Housing Heroes Award in the lifetime achievement in the housing category.

He has been at the head of the King’s Lynn-based housing and community organisation for nearly 14 years and has spent more than 30 years working at a senior level in social housing and local governments around the country.

Mr Hall said: “When I announced my retirement at the beginning of the year I didn’t think I’d be finishing my time in housing in such unusual circumstances. 

“That said, I feel very lucky to have worked in this hugely rewarding sector in a job that I’ve enjoyed and hearing the news of my nomination has been a very pleasant surprise during my final weeks here at Freebridge Community Housing.”

Mr Hall was previously director of community at West Norfolk Council and oversaw the transfer of almost 7,000 homes from the authority to the newly-established Freebridge in April 2006. 

Since then the organisation has made an impact through activities such as The Decent Homes Improvement Programme, the regeneration of Hillington Square, taking over the ownership and management of Lynn’s Providence Street Community Centre and the Discovery Centre in North Lynn, and developing new homes.

Freebridge is set to welcome Anita Jones as its new chief executive in the summer.

Ms Jones has been director of operations and deputy chief executive at Havebury Housing in Bury St Edmunds, since 2012 and said she was “delighted, excited and proud” to be appointed.

The Housing Heroes Awards ceremony is due to take place on Thursday, September 10 as part of Housing 2020 – Europe’s largest housing event, which this year is going entirely virtual.

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