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Top 20 Distinctive People Initiative

At Distinctive People we are proud to announce the launch of our Top 20 Distinctive People initiative led by our own Professor Paddy Gray OBE to recognise contribution in the social housing sector – and raise money for charity. The key thing that makes a person distinctive is their ability and willingness to stand out from the crowd. We think that there are a number of distinctive people in UK Housing and are looking for your nominations to highlight those who have contributed in a distinctive way to making a difference in the sector over the last 12 months. Voting is open from 1st July to 24th August 2020. Results will be publicised on 1st September announcing the Top 3 people with the most votes, and we will make a contribution to a charity of their choice.

To vote, click here or email your top 3 names to us direct at suzanne.evans@distinctivepeople.co.uk

Thanks for your time and interest and remember the words of Benjamin E.Mays ‘ I believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.’ Be Distinctive!

Distinctive Thinking – Governance in unprecedented times: Assurance, Mission – and flying a plane!

Our experience over the years has taught us that Governance is a function that is interpreted in different ways. Often that difference of interpretation is linked to the notion of power and control, role ambiguity, and organisational or sector culture – making the governance process overly complicated. This cocktail of underlying factors inevitably leads to a ‘chipping away’ of the simplicity of purpose which the governance apparatus is designed to fulfil. Ironically, the current set of social challenges provides fertile ground on which to ‘reboot’ and reclaim the value of governance; whilst at the same time demystifying the language that has grown up around its practice (Continued …).

Read the full article by Mark Glinwood here: Governance article – MG


Distinctive People launch their Pro Bono CV Clinic

At Distinctive People our expanding team of consultants bring a wealth of recruitment expertise and experience from a diverse range of sectors. Our recruitment practice, which specialises in executive placements, has seen a changing trend in what clients are looking for at that first point of candidate engagement – which is usually the candidate CV.


Today we are launching a personal pro bono CV Clinic aimed at enabling executive leaders to sharpen their CV’s to project their full offer and make them Distinctive!


The service is confidential and will incorporate a 15 minute video link with one of our executive recruiters who will provide tips and ideas on how you can maximise the impact of your CV. If this would be of value, all you need to do is send us your cv to Recruitment@distinctivepeople.co.uk  with the subject heading: CV Clinic and one of our team will be in touch


The needs of tomorrow, are within the talented of today – #BeDistinctive

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

As a result of the events of the last week or so, Distinctive People has adapted and continues to work in a different but fully engaged way with all our clients. We are currently providing expertise to over twenty organisations with projects that include reward, recruitment, organisational change, leadership development and operational employee relations support.


Our agility means that we have been able to work with each client in a way that meets their specific needs, comply with their COVID-19 policy, and maximise the new technology we have invested in with partner organisations. A big thank you to:


Willo @willotalent

Mathew Syed Consulting @MatthewSyedTeam

BrightCollie @BrightCollie

who have collaborated to enable us to add even more  collective value.


Our focus is on our clients, and your unique needs dictate how we continue to meet your requirements.  We will remain agile to ensure that outcomes are delivered within agreed deadlines and will adapt our expertise to ensure we continue to add value to you and your organisation – in line with our Distinctive approach. We appreciate that these are challenging times for all – if we can help in any way do give us a call – we’re always happy to talk!


To adapt is to thrive – stay safe!