Release Date: 21-Apr-2009
Experts have named KNH chair, Cora Carter, as one of the most influential people in social housing. Cora, aged 74, from Cowlersley, was among 25 key campaigners picked for magazine Inside Housing’s ‘Hall of Fame’.
Cora helped set up a tenant’s group on her estate nearly 25 years ago and has since become a devoted tenant activist.
Cora Carter, MBE, at the Houses of Parliament
The mother-of-five and great-grandmother has helped transform her estate from a stigmatised area blighted by anti-social behaviour, through community work and a rapport with young people.
‘They know I’ll nail them if they’re doing wrong but I won’t let them get nailed if they aren’t - I’ll stick up for them too,’ she says.
As well as heading up KNH's board of directors, Cora is also chair of the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (KFTRA), and is also a founder member and secretary of the Tenants’ and Residents’ Organisations of England and sits on the project group that is setting up the National Tenant Voice. She has been awarded an MBE for her work, which is all done on a voluntary basis.
She says tenants are listened to much more now."‘Who would have thought a few years ago you could have tenants as chair of the board of their housing group," she says.