Meeting The Board Tony Taylor - Interim Group Chairman

The Futures Housing Group Board is keen to raise its profile within the business over the next 12 months and get to know the people who make the organisation tick. The following is the first of 12 Board Director profiles.

NAME: Tony Taylor

WHAT WAS YOUR PROFESSION? I was the Chief Executive and Secretary for Waterloo Housing Association from 1976 to 2009.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A BOARD DIRECTOR AT FUTURES? I joined Futures in 2009 when I was originally co-opted. I was appointed permanently in 2010.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE ON THE BOARD? I am the interim Group Chairman, taking over from Ian Toal. My role is to provide leadership to the Board and liaise directly with Futures management team to ensure the organisation is run efficiently and in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Before becoming interim Chairman, I was Chair of the Asset Investment Committee, Chair of Limehouse and Chair of the Treasury and Refinancing Committee.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A BOARD DIRECTOR AT FUTURES? I have spent the majority of my working life in the provision and management of social housing. Upon retirement in 2009 I wanted to continue this involvement in a non-executive role outside of my previous operating area in the West Midlands. Futures was an organisation I knew and respected and there was a mutual belief that my experience would be beneficial.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU'VE SEEN SINCE BEING WITH FUTURES? Moving to a coterminous Board arrangement was the biggest change as it meant completely restructuring Futures' governance and adapting to a new way of working.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR TIME AT FUTURES? I have two highlights. One is becoming the founding Chairman of Limehouse and the second is being "promoted" to the role of interim Group Chairman.

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE NEXT 10 YEARS FOR FUTURES? What I find most exciting is the organisation's ambitious plans to diversify and expand. There are already some very positive signs. I'm just sad that my term of office will end well before 10 years expires.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING FUTURES OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS? There will be many challenges over the next 10 years, some of which have yet to be identified. But I think Futures' desire to fulfil its ambitions in the current financial climate may be its biggest challenge.

AWAY FROM FUTURES, WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE? My family ranks very high on any scale I could produce, but another area of interest is golf. This helps me stay active and healthy as well as getting involved in a range of competitions, at home and abroad, where I meet a variety of people - some of whom share my ideals and some who don't!

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