Tributes to Jack Gannon at KNH AGM

Release Date: 26-Sep-2018
Housing leaders have today made tributes to tenants champion Jack Gannon who passed away on the 7th September after a short illness. Jack Gannon had given much of the last thirty years championing tenants issues as a community activist in Batley Carr and as a member of the Board for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing from 2007.
Jack Gannon who was housing campaigner for over 30 years.

Jack Gannon who was housing campaigner for over 30 years.

Paul Webley the Chair of KNH led the Board in a minutes silence at the Company’s AGM in recognition of Jacks contribution to KNH and the wider community. “Jack was a forthright champion of tenants’ rights and ensured that their voice was not just heard at the Board but was acted upon. His input here and across a range of committees in the company will be greatly missed, and it is incumbent on us all to continue his legacy.”

Jo Bartholomew, Interim Chief Executive of KNH added: “We were saddened by the passing of Jack. His involvement with KNH was significant and he was deeply committed to the cause of tenants and the work of social housing.

Eric Hughes, Company Secretary for KNH added: “Jack was a well-regarded colleague on the Board and well-known by colleagues here at KNH and across the community. We intend to identify a suitable way to recognise his commitment to Batley Carr at a future date.”

As testament to his commitment, he attended meetings here at our offices only days before he passed away. We value the commitment of all our Board members, tenants’ representatives and volunteers. The foundations of KNH are built upon those people.

While Jack Gannon represented the needs of Batley Carr on the KNH Board, he had spent over 18 years working for tenants as Secretary of the Batley Carr and Purwell Tenants and Residents Association. Jack was a champion for older people’s services and involved in a wide range of services organised for KNH older tenants.

Jack was also passionate about digital inclusion. His Tenants Resident Association was one of two pilot projects involved in establishing ‘digital hubs’ in communities – offering from Wi-Fi, computer access and training.Ends.

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