The JMB is a resident-run organisation, where the people who live in JMB homes are responsible for the key decisions about how we are run and the priorities that are made. To do this there is a Board of Directors, where 2 residents are nominated from each of the JMB’s five TRA (Tenant and Resident Association) Areas to be JMB Directors
These 10 local people represent tenants and leaseholders and sit as the JMB Board of Directors. They make the key decisions on behalf of residents.
They question what the JMB is doing and agree how we can improve our services. They also have to ensure the JMB remains financially stable and meets its legal obligations. They also nominate up to three co-opted Directors to give specialist advice and support.
Directors make joint decisions at Board meetings, in the interests of all residents of the JMB. They also hold a range of sub-group meetings, in conjunction with other residents, to develop policy and oversee the day-to-day working of the JMB.
Two people are nominated by each TRA to be JMB directors – usually at the September AGM or General Meeting of their TRA.
We welcome people to come forward as directors, but the law requires that JMB Directors have an appropriate level of knowledge about our work and the whole of our area. We encourage people to learn and get involved with our work through the JMB sub-groups – which are open to all residents.
Almost all of our directors have a good track record of involvement with these sub-groups and their TRAs. Someone with no previous involvement in their TRA or JMB sub groups or has no knowledge of social housing issues is likely to find being a director difficult, and may struggle to represent people and meet their legal obligations (see below).
If you are interested in being a director, please contact the JMB Office to talk through the expectations, responsibilities and duties of the role. This will help you to know whether being a director is the right thing for you.
No. JMB Directors are directors of a Limited Company and so Company Law puts restrictions on who can be a Director. This means, for example, that a director has to be a member of the JMB.
However, if you are considering standing you need to be clear that the Companies Law places a number of legal duties on people who are JMB directors. You’ll be under:
The Company Secretary has the legal duty under Companies Law to ensure that all the Directors are eligible to be company directors and have been properly registered with Companies House. The JMB Company Secretary is currently the Executive Manger of the JMB, Andy Bates. If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact Andy at the JMB Office.
Note: TRA members have a responsibility to ensure that anyone that they are nominating as a director is eligible to stand. JMB staff will be able to advise at each election meeting.
Directors are elected for one year. Directors exercise their decision making powers and responsibilities when they come together at Board and sub-group meetings. For directors to play their part in the running of the JMB and representing residents they need to attend at least 2 or 3 meetings/ events a month. Meetings usually take place during the early evenings on weekdays.
Yes, our directors have helped us to make big and important decisions about the way that the housing service is delivered across the JMB and what makes us different
The current directors of the JMB, and the TRA areas which nominated them, are:
|John Paul Maytum (Chair)||Lawson TRA|
|Christine Parsons (Vice Chair)||Crosby, Lockyer & Hamilton TRA|
|Rouhman Choudhury||Lawson TRA|
|Jean Davies||Bermondsey Street TRA|
|Klair Hobdell||Bermondsey Street TRA|
|John Lynch||Crosby, Lockyer & Hamilton TRA|
|Fola Ogunkola||Decima Street TRA|
|Di Rutter||Decima Street TRA|
|Jackie Scorer||Kipling TRA|
The three co-opted directors are
In addition, Jackie Richards, of Southwark Council's Tenant Management Initiatives team, scrutinises the JMB's work for the Council and attends JMB Board meetings