It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to three of our trustees. Chairman, Roy Crowhurst and Viv Woodcock-Downey have come to the end of their terms as trustees having served for nine years. Whilst Susannah McClintock having served for five years, is standing down due to other commitments.
During their tenure, the three trustees oversaw Seaside Homes moving from idea to reality, becoming a registered charity, building the company infrastructure and raising substantial investment to pursue its charitable objectives. The charity began trading in 2011 and has since raised £28.5m to lease and refurbish 499 empty homes as well as providing additional investment for thousands of council homes.
Fellow tenant trustee, Mbye Sohna said, ‘Roy, Viv and Susannah have all made invaluable contributions to Seaside Homes through their skills, knowledge and experience and been dedicated advocates throughout their time on the board. They have worked tirelessly to support the charity to ensure what has been a great success and they will be greatly missed. Without the time and effort put in by trustees, charities like Seaside would not be able to carry out such important work.’
Roy, Viv and Susannah will be replaced by retired Chartered Surveyor, Chris Carlisle and local businessman and Accountant, Phil Woodgate. Mr Sohna added, ‘Chris and Phil both bring a great deal of strategic and commercial experience with them which will benefit Seaside in the next stage of its development.