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ALMO turns to tenants in hunt for board member

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

Julie Purvis Julie Purvis

A North East ALMO has turned to its residents to try and find a new member for its board.

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), which manages 26,000 homes on behalf of Newcastle City Council, is calling on tenants to put themselves forward for the position.

The chosen candidate will play a vital role in some of YHN’s biggest decisions.

Olivia Grant, chair of YHN, said: “It is of fundamental importance to all council tenants and leaseholders that YHN decisions and recommendations to the city council on issues affecting them are informed by the tenants themselves.

“We need board members who are committed and willing to give time and thought to working with us. Please consider putting yourself forward to join our board.”

Current tenant board member Julie Purvis (pictured) says the role is a challenging but very rewarding one.

She said: “I would definitely encourage council tenants to consider applying for a position on the board as the opportunity has enabled me to learn so much about the organisation as well as offering me the chance to have an input.

“What really helped me pursue becoming a tenant board member was attending some of the customer involvement schemes. I was also able to meet members of the then current board and find what they did, what they had achieved and how much they had developed ideas with the officers at YHN."

The YHN board is made up of three groups of members: six council members, six tenant members (one of which can be a leaseholder), six independent members and an independent chair.

To be considered as a tenant board member, candidates need to have been a YHN tenant for at least 12 months or leaseholder of Newcastle City Council.

YHN says that no previous experience is necessary, just a passion and commitment to work within the social housing sector.

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