Nottingham tenant chair finalist in national Housing Heroes awards

The Chair of the Nottingham City Homes Board, Janet Storar MBE, last night came runner up as one of the country’s ‘Housing Heroes’ at a national awards ceremony in London.

The awards, which took place at Manchester Central on the eve of the CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing) Housing Conference & Exhibition, are dedicated to recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of the housing world.

A Nottingham council tenant for more than 35 years, Janet Storar MBE first got involved in housing at a local level with her nearby tenant and resident association. When Nottingham City Homes (NCH) was formed in 2005 her involvement started to grow.

Janet took her place on the NCH Board in 2006, subsequently becoming the first ever Tenant Chair in 2009 – a post she still holds and will do so until her retirement later this year.

In her own personal development, Janet has achieved the CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing) Level 4 in Governance, been a member of the CIH East Midlands’ Regional Board, and in 2012 was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to community relations, social housing and diversity in Nottingham.

The 67 year-old Sherwood resident has a real passion for housing and is committed to making a difference. Just recently she led a group of tenants and NCH staff to London to join in the Homes for Britain rally, putting her views about the housing crisis firmly on the Government’s doorstep.

Janet said:

“I’m proud to be a council tenant in Nottingham and truly believe in council housing and the way in which it supports people across the UK.”

“I’m delighted to have been put forward for such a prestigious award, alongside some fantastic people from across the country. I just hope that the impact I have been able to have over the past ten years has made a difference to the lives of my fellow council tenants in Nottingham.”

“As proud as I am, I wouldn’t have made it this far without the huge support I have had from the staff at Nottingham City Homes, and many of my fellow tenants who have got involved with the organisation to make a real difference to the way council housing is managed in Nottingham.”

Janet attended the Housing Heroes Awards alongside NCH Chief Executive, Nick Murphy.

Nick said:

“I’ve only had the privilege of working with Janet for a few of her nine years on the Board, but in that time I have been honoured to be running NCH alongside such a dedicated and competent Tenant Chair.”

“Janet’s passion for housing is infectious. She represents her fellow tenants incredibly well, while also maintaining a professional, knowledgeable and measured perspective at all levels of the organisation and beyond. Being a finalist in the Housing Heroes Awards couldn’t be more appropriate for Janet, I’m delighted for her.”

Phillip Leong from Pine Court Housing Association in Liverpool took the top spot in Janet’s category of Board Member of the Year 2015.