The regulator concluded that all four councils had breached the Home standard; and there was a risk of serious detriment to tenants and leaseholders during this period.
In Dec 2019, the four councils removed the board and replaced them with the four Chief Exec’s of the Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone & Hythe and Thanet Councils, as the directors of East Kent Housing Ltd.
In alphabetical order the Chief Execs are:
Colin Carmichael OBE, arrived at Canterbury City Council in Oct 1996. He left the London Borough of Camden, where he had been Director of Corporate Services between –
In Oct 2011, Colin Carmichael, who had by then received his OBE for services to local government –was named in a Daily Telegraph investigation as one of the Council bosses leading a lavish lifestyle at taxpayers expense.
In January 2018, 70-year-old Susan Baines, who lived in an EKH managed property in Whitstable, owned by Canterbury City Council, died hours after she was found hypothermic by paramedics – six months after EKH ruled electric storage heaters in the property needed replacing with radiators.
Moving on, Nadeem Aziz Chief Exec of Dover District Council; who previously worked as at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has no public skeletons that we can find. If you know of any, do drop us a line.
Then there is Dr. Susan Priest, Chief Exec of Folkestone & Hythe District Council who arrived at FHDC in Oct/Nov 2013.
Then last, but not least, there is Madeline Homer, Chief Exec of Thanet District Council.
Well, there was the failure to get in place a local plan which led to the intervention of the Secretary of State James Brokenshire of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire.
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