John Davies (Chair)
After taking early retirement, I decided to apply for a position with the Barnet Homes PAG group as I have been a tenant for many years and felt it was time to give something back to the community. I was appointed Chair in February 2014 and have been heavily involved with monitoring the gas contract and the procurement of the new contracter. I find it very rewarding.
I spent 30 years as a HGV class 1 advanced tanker driver and then spent nine years at the John Lewis partnership as a furniture inspector.
I am married with two grown up children and three grand children, which takes up a lot of my time.
My other interests are cycling and gardening. I grow my own vegetables. I also enjoy short breaks visiting stately homes and gardens, with the occasional trips to France to visit friends.
Aruna (Vice Chair)
I have been a Leaseholder for Barnet Borough for over 21 years.
As a Leaseholder I felt my voice was not heard and felt I did not get enough support from Barnet Homes.
When I was given the opportunity to join PAG I was delighted and felt my involvement and experiences would help improve services. I would be able to identify where improvements required and monitor results. I would also be able to review complaints and make recommendations for improvements which would increase overall customer satisfaction. As a leaseholder I do not have any knowledge of tenants issues so it would be a learning experience to get involved and see both aspects of the customer experiences.
I like reading, keeping fit, travelling and socialising.
I was a volunteer advisor for East Finchley Advice Service which covered areas of work similar to Citizens Advice Bureau.
My family and I love living in the Borough of Barnet. I would say that Barnet definitely puts the community first, because they are relentless when it comes to the drive for efficiency in making the community a great place to live for all. My aim is to give back to the community in which I have volunteered as a parent governor. Actively provide generic community work to identify residents needs and issues, through liaising with the housing manager, various heads of Barnet Homes and the MP to voice the common concerns of the residents, to formulate strategies to address the concerns. The outcome was successful. The work done in the community was recognised and I was nominated for a resident award in December 2014.
Through specialised community work I have volunteered for 6 years within the community of Hackney helping vulnerable women and family experiencing domestic violence. Being a liaise on contact it was imperative to have good listening ability and make reference to the relevant authority on behalf of the family. Giving back to the community and seeing noticeable changes is one of the most rewarding things to experience.
My interest in community engagement was the logical reason for joining PAG. I am a highly motivated and hardworking individual, who is currently pursuing my professional accounting course with eventual career goal to become a fully-qualified and experienced Accountant. I enjoy playing football and table tennis.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland I have been a resident in the Borough of Barnet for nearly 30 years and in West Hendon for 20 years. I have always had a keen community spirit. I am very conscious of making my environment a more pleasant place to live because I believe that when people take pride in their neighbourhood they will have more respect for their area. I also think it is a good example to children to see their parents looking after where they live.
I became particularly involved in my local community matters when plans for regeneration for West Hendon were announced thirteen years ago. I joined the Residents Association to become more informed and to have a voice for my neighbours, that led to attending other groups with Barnet Homes to represent my local area. I found that people would come to me for information and I had knack for being able to explain things in simple in terms as English is a second language for a lot of the residents.
I also joined the Community Group which raised money for community events and funded me to start a gardening club for local children. This has been running for three years, on being discovered by the the Resident Involvement Officer form Barnet Home, Deborah, I was able to access more funding for the club to grow. This is a great project, it gets the children involved in making their local area more attractive, it gives them sense of pride in where they live and it encourages their parents to join in and spend time constructively with them. We have even won the Best New Gardeners Award.
I have always believed it takes people to make a community and I am proud of what I have done for mine.
I have lived in Barnet nearly all my life and seen many changes. Now I’m a PAG member I’m hoping to use my experience to enhance relationships between tenants, leaseholders and Barnet Homes for the future good of the community.