ARCH has announced results of the election for the role of chair
of its Tenants' Group for the year ahead.
The Group, which is a network of representatives of people who live
in stock retained council housing across England, elected Jennifer
Holmes as chair at its Annual General Meeting in London on 21st
March. Election for the position of vice-chair, left vacant by Mrs
Holmes on her election to Chair, will take place as soon as
Mrs Holmes lives in a council home in West Lancashire and was
previously vice-chair of the Tenants' Group. She will now chair the
Group, represent tenants on the Executive Board and ensure the
views of people who live in council properties are reflected in
ARCH policies and activities.
She said: 'I am delighted to have been elected. As tenants'
representatives, we want to bring forward views on issues tenants
tell us are concerning them at this difficult time. We are proud to
live in stock retained homes and will work closely with the ARCH
Executive Board to fight for the best deal for people who have
chosen their council as their landlord.'
Members of the ARCH executive board thanked outgoing chair, Marlene
Price from Wandsworth, for her hard work as resident representative
on the Executive Board for the past four years and for setting up
the Tenants' Group.
ARCH secretary John Bibby, director of housing and community
services at Lincoln City Council, said: 'Marlene Price has done a
fantastic job in setting up the Tenants' Group to strengthen the
organisation's tenant governance structure. We welcome Jennifer
Holmes in her new role as chair and look forward to working with
her to take forward the views and priorities of council tenants in
what will be an interesting and challenging year for the
Mrs Holmes has a long history of involvement in tenants' issues.
She is treasurer of her local Tenants' and Residents' Association,
a member of the Tenants' Scrutiny Panel, and a Member of the West
Lancashire Local Strategic Partnership and the Tenants' Panel for
the Tenants Services Authority.
The ARCH Tenants' Group AGM was followed by a joint meeting with
the Executive Board. This provided an opportunity for tenants'
representatives and executive members to share information. Topics
covered included; the forthcoming tenants' conference, future
organisational plans and possible constitutional amendments.
The Tenants' Group has led the organisation of the forthcoming ARCH
Annual Tenants' Conference, which takes place in at Milton Keynes
Dons Stadium on 19th May. Group members have invited speakers on
subjects including the Localism Bill and reform of housing finance.
They will oversee the event and run workshops on the day. The event
will include an open forum for tenants to discuss issues of