Huddersfield tenant recognised for lifetime of achievement

Release Date: 14-Nov-2013
A tenant from Huddersfield who has been at the forefront of the local and national tenants’ movement for nearly 30 years has been recognised with a national award.
Cora receiving her award from Karen Brady & Frank Mondino, Commercial Director at Keepmoat, the award sponsor

Cora receiving her award from Karen Brady & Frank Mondino, Commercial Director at Keepmoat, the award sponsor

Cora Carter MBE, from Cowlersley, was presented with an award for lifetime achievement by acclaimed businesswoman, Karen Brady, at the national Women in Housing awards, which celebrated and recognised the achievements of female professionals from all disciplines, working within the UK housing sector.

Cora first got involved in housing issues in 1984, when she set up a tenant's group as a way to lobby Kirklees Council on behalf of her neighbours. She went on to help establish the Kirklees Federation of Tenants & Residents Associations in 1987, a 90 member umbrella organisation, which she still leads.

In 2002, Cora joined the board of the newly formed ALMO, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), where she also served as chair for five years and where she is still a very active board member. During her tenure, KNH has achieved several national awards for tenant participation.

Cora has been a devoted tenants’ activist throughout this time, working to give people a say in the decisions that affect them. As a founder member and now vice-chair of the Tenants' and Residents' Organisations of England (TAROE), she is an influential figure nationally as well as locally. In 2000, she was awarded an MBE for her work, which is all done on a voluntary basis.

The mother of five, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of four has regular meetings with government ministers, senior civil servants and national housing organisations. Through TAROE she has also been involved in European social housing projects. Despite being 79, she continues to work tirelessly for the rights of tenants.

Simon Rogers, Chief Executive of KNH, nominated Cora for the award. He said: “I’ve worked with Cora nearly 25 years and during that time I’ve always been impressed by her dedication to the tenants’ movement, both here in Kirklees and nationally.

“I can’t think of anyone working in housing who deserves this award more. That she does it all as a volunteer makes Cora’s achievement even more remarkable.”

Cora herself said: “I was so proud to receive the award and really humbled to be singled out from such an inspiring group of people who are so committed to housing.

“I care very much about people and can’t stand injustice – I want to make sure tenants get what they rightly deserve, that they have a voice and are listened to. That’s why I do this. It doesn’t feel like work – it’s part of who I am, so to be recognised for that is such a privilege.

“It’s such a beautiful award and will take pride of place in my cabinet at home.”