Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tributes paid as 'tireless' housing veteran dies

Terry Edis, chair of both the Walsall Alliance of Tenant Management Organisations and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, died yesterday (Thursday 3 November) after a period of ill health.

A life-long social housing tenant, 66-year-old Mr Edis spent the past 20 years spearheading tenant management in the west midlands.

As chair of NFTMO, Mr Edis was one of four national tenant organisation representatives being consulted by the government on policies that touch the lives of residents up and down the country.

He began chairing 1,700-home WATMOS Community Homes, a housing association formed of eight tenant management organisations operating across Walsall, in 2002.

In 2008, his voluntary work was acknowledged with an MBE.

Roy Read, deputy chair of the NFTMO, said: ‘Terry not only helped to improve the lives of people in Walsall. He shared his knowledge and experience with hundreds of communities around the country. His friendship, support, and leadership will be irreplaceable.’

Ursula Barrington, chief executive of WATMOS Community Homes, said:  ‘Terry’s tireless energy and commitment to improving conditions for tenants had a lasting impact on hundreds if not thousands of people. 

‘He ensured people were empowered to drive services and take control of their communities to develop sustainable, safe places in which people wish to live.  We will ensure his work is continued and he will be greatly missed by us all, a truly inspirational person to have known.’

Michelle Reid, chief executive of Tenant Participation Advisory Service, said: ‘It has been an honour to work with Terry for the past three years, during difficult times for tenants of social housing. Terry’s absolute and unerring commitment to tenant control was inspiring.

‘He will be missed as a great tenant leader and as a lovely and caring man. Our thoughts are with Terry’s wife Joan and their family, as well as all our colleagues at NFTMO and WATMOS.’

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