Tributes Received as Alan Stedall Retires as RTM Companies Chairman

Alan StedallAlan Stedall has had to retire from the position of the combined Chair of the KEW RTM Management Companies.

Alan served as a Director on the Phase 1 KEW RTM Company since its formation over three years ago and as Chairman since April 2013. Due to sad family circumstances Alan and family are having to leave KEW and sell their apartment.

Those of us who have worked alongside Alan know how much hard work and time he has given to help steer King Edwards Wharf through difficult and complex times.

Below are tributes received from those who know Alan and the work he did.

Mike Langton – previous chairman

Alan was a great support to me when originally forming the KEW RTM,s ,his attention to detail and understanding of all the issues we faced were exemplary.
He always was able to look fairly and objectively at issues , see both sides and then provide clear support or a resolution. Whilst I was in the chair for the first 2 years he was nothing other than inspirational and so solid in the support of all his fellow directors .
When I left KEW and vacated the chair 2 years ago I was delighted to be able to remain as a director and support him. What Alan has had to face in the last 2 years were extremely difficult and complex issue that we had never envisaged but with sheer dedication, even through times when he had both heavy work and difficult family issues. he retained his enthusiasm and commitment to support his fellow leaseholders to resolve the issues and see the job through. he will be sorely missed but has left a very capable to team in place to finish the job ! well done Alan.

David Foster  – Phase 1 Board Director

From the earliest days of the KEW Residents Association to the latest period of the RTM management companies, though not continuously, I have worked alongside Alan. His departure means a great loss to us all. He has worked extremely hard in his Chairman role in what have been (and still are) very challenging times for us all. During this time he has shouldered the mental burden of seeking a solution in sometimes seemingly impossible circumstances.

He’s spent 4 years on the board and has been invaluable as a strong backbone in adversity, displaying level and cool thinking and using his ability to analyse problems and see the way forward where many would give up in despair.

He has consistently impressed me by the clear-headed way he has approached difficulties that all leaseholders have faced. As chair of the RTM companies, he has been forceful when he needed to be, particularly when dealing with Mainstay. I’ve found him well prepared to listen to a variety of views and find the consensus route through them. He is also outstanding at writing letters to local Councillors, as well as Mainstay, to expose their (frequent) shortcomings.

John McDermot – Phase 1 Leaseholder-resident and former Chairman of the Residents’ Association

‘Having served as Chairman of the Residents Association (prior to the RTM) I appreciate, only too well, what a thankless task it is. Alan has been a robust Chairman and although we have had our differences, I would like to join in recording thanks for what has been achieved so far.’

Mark Wood – Phase 2 Board Director

One of the reasons I joined the RTM board was because I could see it was being lead by someone who was passionate about KEW and the role of the RTMs.  I feel honoured to have worked with Alan over the last year.  He has devoted considerable amounts of his evenings and weekends to dealing with the many challenges the board has faced.  His approach is thorough and professional, and much of what has been achieved is largely down to Alan’s own pro-activeness and determination.  I know Alan has learned a huge amount from his time as Chair and he deserves a very well-earned break from the trials and tribulations of what has at times been a very stressful position.  I am extremely grateful for all he has done and his departure is a significant loss.

Geoff Caine – Phase 1 Leaseholder-resident and former Secretary of the Residents’ Association

Alan has worked extremely hard in his Chairman role in what have been (and still are) very challenging times for us all. During this, I am sure that it is he that has largely shouldered the mental burden of seeking a solution in seemingly impossible circumstances.

He has spent more than 3 years on the board and I’m sure has been invaluable as a strong backbone in adversity, displaying level and cool thinking and using his ability to analyse problems and see the way forward where many would give up in despair. I say all this because I’ve worked worked alongside him for nearly three years on the set up and running of the website and these splendid attributes have helped guide me and avoided me making diplomatic and other blunders.

Margaret Lister and Tim Trown – Phase 1 Leaseholder-residents

Dear Geoff, we wish to endorse all the remarks you have made about Alan. We will miss him not only in his capacity as a very able member & latterly chairman of the RTM board, but also as our next door neighbour. We would like to wish Alan, Vivienne their daughters & grandson all the very best for the future.

Humph and Patsy – Phase 2 Leaseholder-residents

Anyone who has given up their free time as Alan has done for the past three years deserves our hearty thanks and please pass on our many thanks and best wishes to him and his family for the future.

Karen Caine – Phase 1 Leaseholder-resident and former Chair of the Residents’ Association

 Alan has been involved as a concerned resident for many years now, either informally, or as part of the residents association committee, or latterly as an RTM director, then chair. I admire his perseverance despite huge difficulties and having many other things to do (especially as I felt I had to give up my own involvement a while ago). I agree with many of the other comments made, and would also like to thank him for his vigorous campaigning to get double yellow lines outside Phase 1 – without his lead on this I’m sure we would still be struggling to get in and out of our garage, and quite possibly there could have been a serious accident by now because of the poor visibility the parked cars caused. I have also already thanked Alan personally, but would like to share my appreciation for the help he gave me (lending me books, giving me a mock interview) when I was applying for a new job.

Additions

If you wish to add your thanks to those above please email me and I will add them to this post.

Geoff Caine
Website Administrator and Editor

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