Sass Ezekiel, our finance consultant, left in June and David Morrow has replaced him as Finance Director. David knows Zebra well having, a number of years ago, been the Audit Director responsible for our external audit. More recently he has worked as FD at Soho Housing Association.
The Board meets in late July to approve our annual accounts and then again in September for its bi-annual strategy conference when we’ll look at our long-term finance plan and more general plans for the next 5-10 years.
The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is progressing well and should complete in August/September. The old boilers are 30 years old and were located under the pavement at the front of the building. We’ve had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2.
We are also progressing well with the installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue for a number of months.
In recent weeks, we have had groups attending the Van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain and the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum. We are now starting to book the Autumn and Winter programme of events.
Garden Party and Barbecue
Our annual garden party took place on the evening of Friday 28 June, at Impala House. 150 guests attended, including residents and their families, Board and staff members, contractors and neighbours. The weather was fantastic, and the catering superb. This was a very special event for us, marking Zebra’s is 60th Anniversary. We were pleased to welcome a number of former Board members and Trustees to the event.
..There’s always someone having a baby. Three Board members have recently had babies and residents at Jerome, Impala and Sentosa have all had babies. Congratulations all!
Steve is holding a number of house meetings over the next few months to get feedback on all that we do and on ideas for Zebra’s future. He’s already met residents from Jerome. We had some really good feedback on the social programme. Residents weren’t keen on day trips in the UK. Rather, because they are in London, they prefer to make their own trips to European destinations. Residents felt we should focus on shows and exhibitions in London that they could get to in an afternoon or evening.
Steve is organising a house meeting in July for Anson/Carleton and for Impala House in September.
The Board approve the plan for the financial year 2019/20. Our major project is the replacement of the boilers at Jeannine House, which we’ll carry out over the summer commencing in June. This is a big job and we’ve already done much of the preparatory work. The boilers need to move to the back of the building. There should be minimal disruption to residents. Additionally we’ll be refurbishing the stairwell at 34 Chalcot to include new lighting and replacing the fire detection equipment at 8 Chalcot. There is also a lot of additional although minor work that we intend to carry out across all buildings to improve our Health and Safety regime as well as continuing our programme of bathroom and kitchen replacement.
Our Board met on 21 February and approved the budget and annual rent increase. We also agreed policies on complaints and anti-social behaviour. We began to plan for a Board strategy conference in September when we’ll look at plans for the next 5-10 years.
BOARD & COMMITTEE NEWS
The Audit and Risk Committee – one of the two Board Committees meets in January to approve the budget for the next financial year April 2019-March 2020, to approve our auditors and to consider the risks that will face Zebra over the next 6 months.
We are currently scheduling a series of residence meetings, where you will all have an opportunity to hear about the Association’s work, and to contribute your ideas for making our buildings great places to live and sharing your concerns and observations. Please make an effort to attend – Our residents’ input is really helpful to us. You will be emailed with the details of meetings to be held in your residence.
We are currently looking at our plans for the next financial year 2019/20. Our major project is the replacement of the boilers at Jerome House. This is a large and complex job, and we’ve already done much of the preparatory work. The boilers need to move to the back of the building. Work should start in June/July and there should be minimal disruption to residents. Additionally we’ll be refurbishing the stairwell at 34 Chalcot Crescent to include new lighting. We are also replacing the fire detection equipment at 8 Chalcot. There is also a lot of additional although minor work that we intend to carry out across all buildings to improve our Health and Safety regime.
Our office will close on Friday 21 December 2018 at 5.00pm and re-open again on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9.30am. Our emergency repairs service will operate throughout this period.
And we’ll be running the direct debits for rent payment on Wednesday 2 January 2019.