I joined the TANT committee in April 2014 and in 2016 I was honoured to be voted into the position of Co-Chair by my fellow committee members
I have a background in property and, having been both tenant and landlord during the course of my life, I am able to understand both sides of a residential tenancy dispute… a skill base that comes in very useful within my TANT role! I firmly believe that National Trust tenants are “a breed apart” because they genuinely love the homes that they live in and have a strong desire to look after them both for the nation and for future generations. I also believe that there are few problems that cannot be resolved by open and honest dialogue and to this end my role within TANT role is often that of mediation to try to open dialogue between tenant and Trust when something goes wrong.
I am passionate about the housing situation in the UK and ensuring the rights of tenants to have security of tenure in warm, comfortable homes and I am very proud of the work that has been undertaken by our passionate and knowledgeable committee members over the years.
During my time with TANT we have seen many changes and addressed many challenges, from establishing our funding and challenging MGR issues for our long lease tenants to improving our communications and launching a brand new website. Each new challenge has been met with enthusiasm and hard work by the committee and our teamwork and diligence has helped to change the lives of many tenants.
On a more personal note I am a keen hill walker and a great believer in the healing power of a good long walk in the fresh air! To this end I have appreciate the National Trust’s work over the decades to ensure that the beautiful open spaces and wild areas of this country are available to anyone who wishes to enjoy them.