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The UK housing sector’s search for its future leaders is drawing to a close – and one under 30 from Wolverhampton has made it in to the final stages – after being named in the sector’s Top 10 future young leaders.

Oliver Herrmann, 27, from Codsall works for Wolverhampton Homes.

Joining Wolverhampton Homes back in 2009 as a local housing officer, Oliver then went on to work for the company’s HR team before leading on the organisation’s drive to get more tenants back into work through its award-winning LEAP apprenticeship scheme.

More than 560 council tenants have now received support through the LEAP programme with more than 75 going on to obtain apprenticeships and 65 going on to get permanent work.

The annual search for housing sector’s rising stars of the future is led by the trade magazine 24Housing. After being nominated by colleagues at Wolverhampton Homes, Oliver then received enough public votes to see him enter the competition’s Top Ten. He’ll now go to London to pitch his vision for housing by 2020 to a group of expert judges including the Chair of the National Federation of Housing, David Orr.

Oliver, who used to attend Thomas Telford School and has a Masters from the University of Wolverhampton said:

“It’s a massive honour to have been shortlisted and to get this far in the competition. I’m just really proud that I’ve been able to play my part in helping Wolverhampton Homes to support so many council tenants through the LEAP programme”.

Lesley Roberts, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Homes added:

“It’s such a wonderful achievement for Oliver. The work he’s done to help get more tenants back into work has been fantastic and we think he’s got an exceptionally bright future ahead of him”.

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