Kate Slack, MA, joined the Board of Broadland Housing in 2011, initially as a tenant Board member, before being appointed as an independent Board member in 2012. Kate is working towards a PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia, where she specialises in women, motherhood, and their relationship to the state.
During her time on the Board, Kate chaired the Funding panel (2012-2013) and the Asset Management and Maintenance panel. She was a member of the Housing Management panel. Kate has a particular interest in environmental issues and sustainable development in housing.
Why did Kate first apply to join the board?
I wanted to get involved with the organisation that helped transform my life. With my Broadland house I was secure and could bring up my little boy and go back to university. That house in Norwich kick-started a lot of positive things for me, and I was interested in giving a bit back to the community where I thought I could get involved in positive change.
I also wanted to challenge the stigma that some people hold about social housing and the diverse people who need social landlords in the UK.
I really enjoy meeting staff from across the organisation. Everyone I’ve ever met has been really engaged with their job, really interesting to talk to, generous with their time and happy to answer any questions I’ve had.
I also really like going out to visit Broadland properties, see how varied they are and meet the people that live in them. It gives me a grounded understanding in the scale of Norfolk and how vital social housing properties are to their tenants and the communities that they are in.