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Welcome on 'board'
24 November 2011

Welcome on 'board'

Railway Housing Association has struck a blow for democracy – by appointing two of its residents to its Board.

Following an election involving all its residents across the UK, Railway Housing Association has welcomed 75-year-old John Smailes and 73-year-old Michael Tasker to its Board of Trustees.

The Board is responsible for the governance of the Association, ensuring its legal and regulatory responsibilities are met, and John and Michael will play an important part in ensuring residents’ voices are heard. John, who lives in Armthorpe, Doncaster, worked as a teacher and health and safety manager. Now retired, he is looking forward to devoting some of his time to being a board member.

“It is a great honour to be elected by the residents of Railway Housing Association. It will be a big learning curve for me, but it is something I am really looking forward to contributing to,” he said.

Michael, who lives in Sayers Close, Headingley, Leeds, said: “I would describe myself as a bit of a thinker so I intend to absorb as much information as possible and ensure the contributions I make are worthwhile ones, because representing the interests of residents is a great responsibility.”

John and Michael were elected after a thorough recruitment process that involved a written application, formal interview and an election, which all Railway’s residents had a chance to vote in.

Also joining John and Michael on the 11-strong Board of Trustees is Alistair Brown (a non-resident), who works as an Accountant for the Department of Work and Pensions in Newcastle.

Mr Brown, 47, who lives in Killingworth, Newcastle, said: “I am hoping to use my financial experience to support the work of the Association and to ensure it continues to be a well run and respect organisation.”

Barrie Ward, Chair of Railway Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael and John onto our Board of Trustees. We put our residents at the heart of everything we do and we believe that by having two people who live in our homes serving on the board and making meaningful contributions to the running of the Association demonstrates our commitment to involving residents at all levels.”

“With their appointments, as well the appointment of Alistair, the Board of Trustees is now at full strength and we have a very strong range of skills that will prove helpful in the day-to-day running of the Association.”