Posted by: Closed Circuit16/04/2012
Could the housing sector have discovered its own Lennon and McCartney?
It certainly seemed that way when Michelle Reid, chief executive of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service, found out last week that Paul Wogan, customer relations manager at Housemark, is the lead singer in the benchmarking organisation’s very own punk rock band, The PIs.
Although Ms Reid is modest about her own singing talent, those who were at the Morrison Rocks event during the Chartered Institute of Housing conference last year will remember being wowed by her karaoke skills.
After they discovered their mutual love of belting out tunes at the TPAS awards in Solihull, Closed Circuit is bracing itself for a show-stopping duet at this year’s CIH conference in Manchester.
The TPAS awards certainly had a rock and roll feel thanks to Morrison. The sound of corks popping rang through the Park Suite at St Johns Hotel as various teams from across the central region toasted success.
But Morrison, which sponsored the Excellence in Youth Involvement Award, kept up their rock credentials by smashing a glass light fitting with a rogue cork. Luckily no one was hurt by the glass that showered down on to the table - but it certainly added a bit of drama to the occasion.
Tenant Services Authority chair Anthony Mayer fulfilled one last regulatory role as the watchdog shut down for good at the end of March.
As the TSA’s last ever board meeting threatened to turn into a mutual back-slapping society, Mr Mayer stepped into the fray.
After stressing how well the team had done he warned that board members must not get into the habit of holding ‘orgies of self-congratulation’. ‘We’ve got to watch it,’ he added.
Closed Circuit is pleased to report to housing minister Grant Shapps that thanks to Mr Mayer’s intervention there was no taxpayer funded orgy of any description.
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