NFA board assigns new chair

Sarita-Marie Rehman will take over from Hugh Broadbent, whose three-year term comes to an end.

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Sarita-Marie Rehman Wall has been named as the new chair of the NFA (National Federation of ALMOs) board.

The former board vice-chair and tenant representative from NFA member Nottingham City Homes succeeds Six Town Housing’s Hugh Broadbent, who stood down in April at the end of his three-year term.

An advocate for social justice and affordable housing, Sarita has been active in the voluntary and community sector for almost 25 years. The focus of her work has been equality and diversity, social inclusion, advocacy and active citizenship.

Commenting on her new post, Sarita-Marie said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to take over as chair of the NFA board.

“This is an amazing opportunity to work for the next three years alongside the dynamic members of this federation who are all passionate about delivering the very best in social housing services.”

She continued: “I’m particularly proud of the fact that, from June, a third of the membership of our board will be tenants.

“This underlines the fact that the ALMO housing management movement has always been committed to tenant inclusion and scrutiny, and it comes at a time when tenant voice has never been more important.”

Sarita-Marie’s appointment will be confirmed by the board at its next meeting on 11th June 2019.

Two new members will also join the board.

Shane Brimfield, an active Cheltenham Borough Homes tenant since 2013, holding the posts of vice-chair of the CBH Tenant Scrutiny Improvement Panel and membership of its board, brings brings the number of tenants on the nine-strong NFA board to three; while Stockport Homes re-joins the NFAboard, nominating TPAS CEO Jenny Osbourne as representative, who was recently awarded an MBE for services to tenant engagement.

Roger Eastwood, who previously represented South Essex Homes before its recent departure, remains as the nominee of new board arrivals Eastbourne Homes.

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