Michael Gelling OBE, CIHM (Hon) (Chairman)

Michael has been Chairman of TAROE Trust since it was established in 2013.

Michael is the Chairperson of his local estate Neighbourhood Forum, Palace Fields in Runcorn, Halton and was also a founder member of Runcorn Residents Federation, which traditionally covered a New Town area but has sadly been disbanded. Michael served on the local Council for sixteen years and held several key positions in that time including that of Vice Chair of Housing. Michael continued his voluntary work commitment in the housing arena through his membership of the Tenants’ and Residents’ Organisations of England.

Michael served as a Director of the Housing Ombudsman Service representing TAROE for a full six- year period.

In Runcorn where he lives, Michael has been involved in many voluntary and community groups which cover the disciplines of community safety, poverty, disability, youth, welfare rights and drug issues.

Michael is Chair of the seventy (FTE) place Acorn Community Nursery, very proud to have been the Chair of the very successful Halton Credit Union from its inception in 1988 to 2017 and is equally proud to have been the Company Secretary of Halton Community Partnership Trust since 1996 to 2016, a one-stop shop for the voluntary sector.

Michael has a background in personnel and has served, since 1978, as a lay member of the Employment Tribunals Service and through that appointment has been the only Chairperson of the Liverpool Employment Tribunals Members’ Association and recently become Treasurer of the Council of Employment Tribunal Members Associations.


Martyn Kingsford OBE TD FRICS FCIH

Martyn has been a Trustee of TAROE Trust since March 2014.

Martyn is a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He started his career in Nottingham Council over 45 years ago and was Director of Housing at Kensington and Chelsea from 1984 and was Chief Executive of the TMO.

For eight years, Martyn was Policy Advisor to the London Boroughs Association and Co-Chair of the London Homeless Working Party.

Martyn has chaired four Housing Associations over the past thirty years, a member of the RICS Residential Panel, CIH London Committee, and was a member of the NHF Tenant Involvement Commission.

Martyn was Honorary Policy Advisor to TAROE from 2000. 



Irene Bannon MBE

Irene was a founder member and chair of TPAS, with over 30 years’ experience of working in the Social Housing sector. Irene has devoted her career to delivering successful working relationships been landlords and their residents. Currently, Irene works as a consultant in London and the South East and holds several non-executive Board Member positions.

In her voluntary work, Irene was the founder member and secretary of National Tenants Organisation, which grew into TAROE; the founder member and chair of the Cavendish Close Housing Co-Operative; the secretary of the Brent Federation of Tenants and Residents Association; and the founder member of Brent Private Tenants Rights Group.

In June 2015 Irene was awarded an MBE for her services to tenants and resident rights.


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