MBE for housing association's chair
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A housing association's chair has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to community relations, social housing and diversity.
Nottingham City Homes' (NCH) Janet Storar was awarded her MBE as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours last year.
A tenant for more than 35 years, Janet initially became involved with her local tenant and resident association in Sherwood, where she lives.
She became involved with NCH when the ALMO took over the running of 28,500 homes from Nottingham City Council in 2005.
In 2007, Janet was elected to the board and unanimously voted in as chair in September 2009 – the first ever tenant-led chair for NCH.
Janet’s work has led her to improve all aspects of social housing across Nottingham. She feels very strongly about the issues surrounding equality and diversity and actively follows the progress of NCH’s Black Minority Ethnic Forum to help her understand how services impact on people from different faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities.
She formally presented with her medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, at a ceremony in Nottingham’s Council House.
Janet said: “It was a very proud day for me when I received my MBE from the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. He’s the Queen’s representative in the county and it was a fabulous occasion.
“I was awarded the honour for my services to housing and diversity in our great city. But really it’s just as much an award for all the hard working employees of Nottingham City Homes – and the massive contribution tenants and leaseholders make to creating ‘homes and places where people want to live’.”
“My proudest moment up to now was becoming chair of the board but this is even more of an honour. Together we work to improve council housing in Nottingham and make sure our tenants and leaseholders have the best possible service.”