Posted by: Closed Circuit09/03/2012
Who’d be a housing association board member? Very few people if you listen to Philip Barden, partner in the litigation team at Devonshire’s.
The solicitor’s firm last Thursday hosted an event to launch Inside Housing and consultancy Boardview’s annual governance survey.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Barden recounted tales of bad social landlord boardrooms. These included the story of the chief executive who reportedly threatened the board with a gun.
‘We didn’t believe this until he’d left and we found the gun in his safe.’ Talk about a trouble-shooter…
It’s no secret that ministers often have their speeches penned for them by officials, but most of them make a passable attempt at pretending they are their own words, or at least that they agree with them.
Not so climate change minister Greg Barker who muttered, ‘I don’t know about this next bit’, before informing delegates at the British Property Federation’s residential conference last week that energy efficiency would turn homes from ‘boring to bling’.
He seemed equally unimpressed with some before and after shots he presented later, noting that one block of flats given a layer of white solid wall insulation was ‘different, if not better’.
Good news from the Tenant Services Authority last week, as the regulator reported a rise in its employment engagement index.
The EEI is calculated from a staff survey and measures the effort and enthusiasm of staff.
The regulator’s board heard there has been a 7 per cent increase in the index in past three months of 2011 compared with the previous quarter and a 5 per cent increase year-on-year.
So what did TSA chair Anthony Mayer suggest may be the reason for this boost in morale?
‘Are they all looking forward to joining the Homes and Communities Agency?’ queried Mr Mayer, who looked genuinely bemused.
He did not reveal if his own engagement index is rising as we move towards the closure of the TSA.
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