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‘Proud to be serving tenants’ says Colne board member made OBE

Sat 17 June 2017

Alison Inman has been recognised for her services to social housing tenants, in the Queen’s birthday honours.

She was made an OBE in the list which was published on June 16 2017.

Currently she is vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH) and a Board member of Colne Housing.

Alison has been a prominent member of the sector for many years, campaigning for more genuinely affordable social housing and an end to negative portrayals of housing providers and their tenants.

Alison, 53, of Colchester, said: “I was really surprised and proud. It is not what you do it for and not what you expect, so it’s really nice, and I was really proud it was for services to tenants and not housing.

“There are wonderful people doing amazing things living in social housing and their stories are not often told or celebrated, and it is honour to be serving them. They can’t do anything if they don’t have anywhere decent to live.”

Sara Thakkar, Colne Housing’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted for Alison, she has been a valued member of Colne’s Board since 2014. She firmly believes housing associations can help solve the housing crisis and passionately advocates on behalf of residents.

“Alison and her Board colleagues play a key role in the leadership and future direction of Colne. We greatly benefit from Alison’s insight and scrutiny as we continue to provide affordable homes in East Anglia.”

Alison, who will become President of the CiH later this year, is also a school governor and a prolific and influential Tweeter.

She sits on Colne’s Audit Committee and is Board Champion for housing management.

OBEs are awarded for prominent national or regional roles and to those making distinguished or notable contributions in their own specific areas of activity.

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‘Proud to be serving tenants’ says Colne board member made OBE

Colne's Alison Inman surprised to receive honour

‘Proud to be serving tenants’ says Colne board member made OBE

Alison (front left) with other Colne board members