Red Kite Board
The Board of Red Kite is made up of six tenants, one leaseholder, three council nominees and five independents. The Board has overall responsibility for running Red Kite including setting policies and directing activities. All Board members have the same voting rights as each other and have a duty to act in the best interest of Red Kite.
Who are the Board Members?
Jennie Ferrigno (Chairman)
Jennie was previously a tenant with Wycombe District Council for around 30 years and more recently one of our own! She was the Chair of Wycombe Tenant & Leaseholder Committee (TLC) for four years before she took on the role as Chair of the Board of Red Kite. Jennie initially got involved in tenant participation because she was experiencing some issues locally at the time. She has since learnt that tenant participation isn’t just about personal issues, it is much greater than that and it is also very addictive. Jennie is committed to making sure that the best interests of tenants and leaseholders are looked after and the promises made in the Housing Transfer offer document are kept. She wants to make sure that she can use the knowledge and experience she has gained over the years to help tenants and leaseholders have a say in how their homes are managed in the future. Jennie used to own her own engineering business and was on the regional committee for the MS society. She is an ardent rugby fan and when she has any spare time she loves to read.
Hugh Ashton Moore (Vice-Chairman)
Hugh first got involved in tenant participation about four years ago as a member of the General Management Issue Group. He went on to become a member of the Wycombe Tenant and Leaseholder Committee. Hugh was a tenant of Wycombe District Council for over 15 years, more recently one of our own, and lives in Totteridge. He is convinced that the only way forward to secure the investment that is so badly needed in tenants’ homes is with Red Kite Community Housing and is really pleased that the transfer happened. He wants to be at the forefront of this exciting new venture to make sure that everything is transparent and open to scrutiny. His background in accounting and bookeeping will stand him in good stead to do this.
Jonathan came to the Housing Conference in January 2010 to find out more about the Tenant-Led Transfer. He joined the General Management Issue Group as a result. Jonathan was particularly concerned about the shortfall Wycombe District Council was facing in the future to maintain the housing service and decided to put himself forward to join the Board. He is pleased that the ballot was a positive one and that Red Kite has now been launched so that tenants’ homes can be maintained to the new Red Kite Standard rather than the basic level that the Council would have been able to offer. He was a tenant of Wycombe District Council for over 30 years, more recently one of our own. Jonathan is looking forward to being involved in building a very successful new organisation and setting the new policies and procedures. He is currently a Chauffeur and in his spare time enjoys photography, watching motor sports, studying history and visiting historical places.
Sheelagh was also recruited to tenant participation having attended the Housing Conference in January 2010. She was so inspired that she applied to join the Board. Sheelagh wants to help make a difference to Wycombe’s Community and is very pleased to be a part of this exciting opportunity. She was a Wycombe District Council tenant since 2001, more recently ours, and currently works for a Market Research Company as a member of the Operations Team. She has been a volunteer in various organisations and gained experience as a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. In her spare time she enjoys sport, photography and music and is particularly interested in local history.
Hazel has lived in High Wycombe for all of her life and been a leaseholder for the last 24 years. Before this she was a council tenant. Hazel joined the Leaseholder Issue Group 5 years ago and in consequence she is very aware of issues which concern leaseholders. She is keen to make sure that their views are taken into account and as a member of the Board she will ensure that this is the case. Hazel was a founder member of the Micklefield Community Association and has experience of working on committees for the benefit of the community. She is looking forward to using her experience and knowledge in developing Red Kite.
Ian completed 44 years service in the Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence. He has lived in High Wycombe since 1978 and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Ian has been a local politician for a number of years and was Mayor of High Wycombe in 2002/3. He is currently Honorary Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association, High Wycombe Branch, Vice- chairman of the Junior Youth Club as well as the on the Youth and Community Centre Management Committee at Lane End. Ian was nominated to the Board by Wycombe District Council and is keen to use his expertise to help make Red Kite a success. He enjoys reading historical books in his spare time.
Brian has lived in the Wycombe District for 26 years and been a District Councillor for 15 of them. He was nominated as a Board member by Wycombe District Council. He believes that providing a high standard of accommodation and service accompanied by a sense of security is extremely important for tenants. Brian wants Red Kite to aspire to and achieve those standards and hopes to play a role in achieving them. His interests include railways, their history and their social effects; the local history of Bourne End and its surrounding area and watching sport (particularly football and cricket).
Michaela is currently the Group Treasurer for the Guinness Partnership, which owns and manages nearly 60,000 homes. She joined the Guinness Partnership to make a difference to people’s lives through the provision of good quality, affordable homes and the creation of communities. Over the last 7 years with the partnership Michaela, an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers, has set treasury policy, interest and funding strategies. Michaela lives in the Wycombe District and believes that her local knowledge along with her experience through treasury and banking will benefit Red Kite. Michaela enjoys keeping fit and has completed the Moon Walk as well as a number of runs for charity.
Christopher has worked in housing for 40 years. He has recently retired from his role as the Head of Housing and Residential Development with the council in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. He was actively involved in the housing transfer there, which took place in 1995. His experience includes housing management, housing needs, housing strategy, finance, housing law, homelessness and supported housing. Christopher has lived in the High Wycombe area for 35 years and his children and grandchildren also live in the area. He therefore has a strong local interest in services and believes that his experience and expertise in the housing field will help establish Red Kite as an organisation that delivers high quality homes and housing. Christopher enjoys reading, history, football, badminton and travel.
Justin is the Accommodation Manager at Buckinghamshire New University, having worked his way up through the department since 2001. He is experienced in managing housing, contracts and tenancy disputes, managing budgets and working under difficult financial constraints. He has an understanding of housing law and is experienced in data analysis. Justin has worked and lived in the Wycombe area for a number of years and welcomes the opportunity to contribute something back to the community by being a member for the Board. Justin has a keen interest in sport and has always been part of sports teams including football, hockey and badminton.
James is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor and also the director of a local firm of chartered accountants. He has dealt with businesses from start ups to multi-million pound turnover companies. He has provided advice on accounts, taxation, business structure and compliance with statutory obligations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Having lived most of his life in the area James wants to give something back to his local community. His qualifications and experience are well placed to help him do this. James has taken part in many charitable activities including dragon boating in support of Wheelpower and an overnight 18 mile walk for the Big Issue Foundation. He enjoys choral singing, playing the bassoon and piano, walking, reading, tennis and golf.
Chris has worked in social housing for 15 years and has been involved with five housing transfers in Manchester, London and Rickmansworth. He is a senior finance professional with strong strategy development and business planning skills. He has knowledge of social housing and regeneration, board governance and committee work. He is committed to equality and diversity. Chris has lived in Wycombe for over 20 years where his family grew up. He is looking forward to being able to use his skills, experience and local knowledge for the benefit of the local community and feels that it is a privilege to serve on the Board. In his spare time Chris enjoys walking in the country and sea angling.
Following a career marketing in the construction industry,Chris became a Wycombe District Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing during the preparations for transfer to Red Kite Community Housing. He has lived in Wycombe for 40 years and served on many community organisations during that time, gaining broad public sector experience. He welcomes the privilege of being able to continue the work of widening the service to tenants and leaseholders, providing better housing and facilities.
In particular Chris will ensure that Red Kite retains its tenant-led ethos which will allow every tenant or leaseholder to be listened to on any individual matter, and have the opportunity to contribute knowledge, opinions and ideas within a range of tenant's special interest and community groups.
Alan has lived in Princes Risborough as a tenant since 1978. He took early retirement this year but he is not ready to sit back and relax completely. Alan volunteered to join one of our interest groups (Improvement Commission) he was then asked if he was interested in joining the board. After attending several meetings he was co-opted onto the board in October.
Before Alan retired he worked as a registered care manager and has experience working with vulnerable adults in registered care, domiciliary care and sheltered housing. Alan’s experience includes managing the transition of learning disabled residents of registered care homes to becoming tenants in their own homes. Supporting older people to live independently, and also supporting young adults who were at risk of custodial sentencing.
Alan is looking forward to the future helping shape Red Kite into a viable organisation that is respected and delivers on its promises. With the coming welfare reforms and changes to housing benefits it’s going to be a very challenging period for both tenants and housing associations, therefore it is vitally important that Red Kite is both financially stable and socially responsible. As Alan has had past experience working in the social housing sector with both vulnerable adults and the elderly he feels his contribution will enhance the already very experienced Red Kite board.