I also reported in the last blog that two Board members had retired at our Annual General Meeting in September. We’re about to begin recruiting new Board members and if there is a resident out there, who is expecting to be in the UK for the next 2-3 years and would be interested in serving on our Board, I’d be happy to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week I introduced you to our new Head of Finance, Tracey Fletcher. We are now also making some administrative changes. This is really to get more consistency into how we do things.
So we are changing the date on which we take your rent direct debits. Currently, although your tenancy agreement says rent is due at the start of the month, we take it at a number of different times. From December 2015 we are bringing every one into line and taking rent from the beginning of the month. We have written to all residents about this. We have asked you to contact Steve Musham email@example.com if this change causes you a particular problem.
We are also formalising our arrangement for how we pay all our suppliers to give them clarity about when their invoices will be paid.
These changes help us because it simplifies some of the administrative tasks that Alex in Finance undertakes.
Our waiting list now contains over 1300 applicants. This is the largest number ever – almost double the normal size. With our rents at 20%-30% lower than the market and our great locations it’s actually not surprising that there is such demand. And having finished our Anson Carleton Development it’s now a priority to find a new scheme.
Our current Head of Finance, John Austin, is retiring in December and we have appointed a new Head of Finance – Tracey Fletcher. Tracey has lots of experience working at senior level for a number of large and medium sized housing associations.
Two Board members retired at our Annual General Meeting in September, Andrew Sutcliffe and Huseyin Huseyin. Our immense thanks to them for giving their time to ensure that Zebra remained on a sure financial footing, remained true to its values but also started to develop new homes. We’ll be recruiting new Board in the next few months but if there is a resident out there, who is expecting to be in the UK for the next 2-3 years and would be interested in serving on our Board, I’d be happy to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org