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SW9 Community Housing
Annual Report 2018/19
Our 2018/19 objective
Your Board for the coming year
Demonstrate high standards of governance and business
effectiveness through scrutiny and due diligence by the board
of management.
Our Board is currently made up of eight residents, two independents and one representative from
Lambeth Council. Having a resident-led Board allows our community to decide how their housing
services are run. Our two independent members play an important role by providing expertise and
specialist knowledge about the housing sector. The Board sets the direction of SW9 Community
Housing and oversees our management and performance.
Delroy Rankin, Executive Director:
“SW9 is a unique organisation in the housing sector.
Although the homes on our estate are owned by our
parent organisation – the G15 company Network
Homes – we are independent and have our own
resident-led Board. At capacity this is made up of
5 tenants, 5 leaseholders, 2 independents and 1
Lambeth Councillor.
“Our Board Members are important because homes
and the people who live in them are the reason we
do what we do. There’s a strong sense of community
and tradition of resident involvement in the way
that the housing on the Stockwell Park Estate (and
surrounding street properties) is managed. We think
it’s that tradition and heritage that makes the area so
special.
“Making sure that we are operating to a high standard
is incredibly important and this year the Board has
helped guide us through a Smith and Williamson
audit that made a number of recommendations for
improvement. This improvement programme, which
deals largely with back office and governance, is
overseen by the Board’s Finance, Risk and Audit
Committee and we are grateful to them for the work
they have put into making sure that SW9 is as good
as it can be.”
Dee Alapafuja
Tenant Board Member (Chair)
Olu Ajisebutu
Leasehold Board Member
(Vice Chair)
Adebayo Ajibade
Tenant Board Member
Daniel Garza
Tenant Board Member
Steven Warren
Tenant Board Member
Benjamin Peart
Leasehold Board Member
Daniel Cromb
Leasehold Board Member
Paul Brett
Leasehold Board Member
Cllr Joshua Lindsey
Lambeth Council Appointee
Andrew Sternberg
Independent Board Member
Sarah Thomas
Independent Board Member
Into the future: taking a deeper look
Although SW9 is incredibly lucky to have this level
of local support, insight and commitment at Board
level, we have not been so successful in maintaining
the success of the first two years in terms of resident
scrutiny.
Scrutiny is important as it gives residents an
opportunity to take an in depth look into areas of
the service we provide and make recommendations
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for improvement. This is really helpful as no one
understands what it’s like to experience a service as
well as those that receive it.
In 2019/20 we will complete our internal restructure
and bring on board a brand new, full-time, Community
Engagement Officer. A priority for this person will be
getting scrutiny back up and running – helping us to
make the changes that our residents want to see.
You can contact your Board by emailing board@sw9.org.uk or writing to them at
SW9 Community Housing Board, 6 Stockwell Park Walk, London, SW9 0FG.
www.sw9.org.uk
@sw9housing
SW9 Community Housing
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