Mick Brady, a former bus driver who has held various important positions in his local community, has joined our Board as a tenant trustee.
We invited all of our tenants to apply for a position on the Board and Mick, who has lived in a bungalow owned by Leazes Homes in Pendower for four years, was successful in his application and attended his first Board meeting in October.
He has lived in the same area of Newcastle since 1960 and has long been involved in community work in the west of the city – he previously chaired both the Pendower Good Neighbour Project and the Pendower Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.
Mick spent 25 years working as a bus driver and was a union official for 18 of those. He is married with two children, four grand-children and one great grand-child.
He said: “I spent my earliest years in Benwell and there was such a great sense of community spirit there that the importance of helping people in your local community was instilled in me from a very young age. I have always thought it important to provide a voice for those in need and I’m looking forward to representing all of Leazes Homes’ tenants on the Board.
“I’m used to a personal approach and talking to people to get things done, and this is something I hope to continue with in this new role – I’ll be speaking to other tenants when I can and feeding their views in to my fellow Board members.
“On a personal level, it’s really interesting to be involved with my landlord in this way and I’m keen to help with the business side of things. Sitting on the Board will provide me with a deeper understanding of the importance of tenant responsibility and I know that things work best when we all work together – I’m delighted to be part of the Leazes Homes team and enthusiastic to get going!”
Mick is now part of a Board of eight, Chaired by Bill Midgley, which meets every two months.
Bill Midgley said: “Mick is a fantastic addition to the Leazes Homes Board and brings with him a wealth of understanding of, and compassion for, our tenants. His deep connections to his local community mean he is extremely well placed to represent those who live in our properties and his commitment to making a difference will undoubtedly benefit many across our city.”
Further information is available at www.leazeshomes.org.uk