My Phoenix - Anne McGurk

Updated: 3 November 2016 at 18:18pm

We feature a different resident in each edition of our newsletter - Community News.

Anne McGurk has been a Phoenix tenant for eight years. She was elected Chair of our Board in September 2016.

How long have you been a Phoenix resident?

I moved into my flat eight years ago, just after the new kitchens and bathrooms had been fitted.

I’ve spent most of my adult life in Lewisham, and was Head Teacher at St John’s Primary School, so I know the area well.

What’s the best thing about living in the area?

The best thing is knowing that people are here to help. Phoenix has its ear to the community and works to deliver what the community needs. There’s a lot of support for residents to find work, to learn new skills and to benefit from other opportunities. Very rarely is anyone turned away.

Anne McGurk meeting Sadiq KhanAnne meeting Sadiq Khan ahead of his election as Mayor of London.

How did you get involved?

I got involved after one of my neighbours encouraged me to attend a resident meeting, I was a member of my Local Area Panel and the former Phoenix Residents Group.

Pat Fordham MBE set an incredible example. She is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable about housing and the area. She knocked my socks off! She knows how to reach people and to get them involved and I couldn’t help but get drawn in by her example.

Pat has left an incredible legacy for Phoenix. I want to continue her work and pass her message of action and involvement to younger residents.

Anne with our previous Chair Pat Fordham MBE at the 2016 AGM.

What would you change?

The world we operate within is changing. We need to make sure that Phoenix is prepared and equipped to deal with these changes, but our residents must remain at the heart of what we do.

I would love to see more employment opportunities for more businesses to move into the area.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope for Phoenix is to make ourselves ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow and that we involve our young residents.

I’m pleased that we’re offering more opportunities for younger residents to get involved. They are our future and it’s critical that they have the chance to have their say and make an impact.