Tuesday 30 May 2017
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Christine Searle MBE – Resident Consultant

Christine Searle is a Housing Association, tenant and has lived in east London all her life. Christine is the former Chair of the Poplar HARCA having stepped down in September 2009, having been Chair for six years, and board member for 11 years. Christine is committed to resident empowerment, not just to tick the relevant box in the inspection regime but to put residents at the heart of decision making – after all who better to make decisions about there they live but the people who live there!

Christine involvement with Poplar HARCA began on the shadow board and she worked to promote the idea of stock transfer to fellow residents as a tool not just to bring in investment but to get residents a seat, well six actually, on the companies’ board. As well as chairing the company board Christine has served on the Finance & Audit committee, the Technical and Service Delivery committee and also the Communities and Neighbourhood Board. This breadth of board room experience across the whole range of housing association activities gives Christine a unique insight into how good governance works.

Outside of Poplar HARCA Christine was a member of Kingsmead Homes in Hackney to support fellow resident governors already serving on that board and helped this group through a merger process. Christine also served on the National Community Forum for the DCLG for three years advising this government group of residents in governance positions. She was also involved in the development and launch of the Community Gateway Model that has since been adopted by a number of new stock transfer organisations. Recently Christine was inducted into Inside Housing Hall of Fame for her role in promoting resident involvement; she was also awarded an MBE in 2004 for her services to communities.

Christine was a Trustee of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre and is a Trustee of Lincoln Area Regeneration Group. Christine’s passion is the re-building of deprived neighbourhoods and she knows that a successful social housing provider has to go beyond just bricks and mortar. She enjoys the green/garden areas of her estate, and the mixed communities that live there.

 

Christine Searle