ISSUE No. 86 Autumn 2008
Message from the New Chairman Bob Smytherman
A huge vote of thanks is due to our long-standing and hard-working Chairman Muriel Guest-Smith who is standing down after more than a decade. Her commitment and expertise were always going to be a hard act to follow. Her resignation meant the FPRA committee were faced with a challenge – who could possibly replace her?
The committee have asked me to take on the role, and on behalf of the whole membership I would like to pay tribute to Muriel’s
tireless dedication to the organisation. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead: to keep the FPRA as the recognised body of
Enclosed with this newsletter are details of our annual general meeting (AGM) which is to be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at the Gulbenkian Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre, International Student House, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1. This is the same location as last year.
The meeting starts at 6.30pm but the doors are open at 6pm for refreshments and to give members the opportunity to meet the committee members informally and ask them questions.
We are very pleased to welcome as our AGM speaker this year Charlotte Sewell of the Department of Communities and Local Government. Read about our AGM speaker on page 10.
Also enclosed with this newsletter are the FPRA’s audited accounts.
collective leaseholders to whom Government will listen and respond; to continue the service to our membership; and to encourage more residents associations that membership of our organisation really does add weight to our voices that individually we do not have.
I hope to be able to represent all of our best interests at the very heart of Government at a time when the legislative burden on our individual organisations is increasing. I intend to use our non-political status to lobby both Government and Opposition parties to infl uence policy making ahead of the next General Election as the parties are preparing their manifestos for Government.
Regardless of whether members are small blocks of just a few fl ats or large estates, we value everyone’s contribution to our collective objectives.
In addition, the organisation has appointed Robert Levene as a new Chief Executive to replace John Peartree who has also resigned. We owe John a great debt for the way in which the administration has been managed with a truly professional approach and I am sure that, working with the committee, both Robert and I can build on the good work done by both Muriel and John.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The Carsberg Review Sportelli
– goes to the Lords Ask the FPRA
– members’ questions answered Legal Jottings
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