A Wolverhampton council tenant since 1976, Sue has been a Wolverhampton Homes board member since its inception in 2005 and was elected to Chair in 2008. In June 2010, she also became vice Chair of the National Federation of ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations).
A passionate tenant activist, Sue, 58, has been involved in tenant consultation and participation for over a decade. Prior to becoming a tenant board member, she was a member of the Tenantsâ€™ Federation and is secretary of Brooklands Tenants and Residents Association.
Sue, who lives on Barnfield Road, Deansfield estate, says: â€œMy motivation for what I do has always been rooted in my own experiences as a tenant. Initially, I got involved simply to help my fellow tenants.
â€œI distinctly remember one occasion when an elderly neighbour had gone for an entire weekend without heating during the winter because she â€˜didnâ€™t want to trouble anyone.â€™ It was then that I realised the need to act as an ambassador for other tenants and give them a voice.â€
Talking of receiving the award, she adds: â€œThis is a great honour and Iâ€™m extremely proud. I would like to dedicate it to all the tenants and staff who have contributed to the continued evolution of Wolverhampton Homes.
â€œWeâ€™ve come through a lot as organisation over the past five years but together weâ€™ve have significantly raised the standard of services for tenants, increased tenant involvement and have improved more than 14,000 homes in the city through the Decent Homes programme.
â€œI would like to thank my family, my husband Trevor and my sons Ryan and Ben. Without their help and support I would not have been able to do what I have done.â€
Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes, Lesley Roberts said: â€œIâ€™m thrilled that Sue has been given this well deserved accolade. She really is one of a kind and puts her heart and soul into everything she does for the Wolverhampton community.
â€œHer unwavering drive and commitment to tenant empowerment has made a real difference to so many local peopleâ€™s lives, and seen tenantsâ€™ satisfaction with their homes and services improve dramatically. I canâ€™t think of a more deserving person.â€
Source: Wolverhampton Homes