By Sebastian O’Kelly, LKP trustee
There is only one outstanding candidate to be chair of LEASE and that is Martin Boyd.
He is the only person involved in leasehold activism with the knowledge and abilities that will hold credibility with the sector.
He is respected on this subject by ministers, MPs and civil servants.
As well as LKP trustee, he is chair of an enfranchised block of flats, with a theatre and restaurants below and Thames river frontage. In other words, a complicated, mixed-use site worth around £250 million.
If he can run that, he can certainly chair LEASE.
He has always said he does not want to get involved in such an organisation.
But he should think again.
Frankly, if he cannot reform it into an organisation that addresses the appalling abuses in leasehold – and be unambiguously on the side of leaseholders, to use the words of Number 10 chief of staff Gavin Barwell – it might as well close.
Then various charities like us could take on the role instead.
It is wrongly assumed that I am the leader of LKP because I make the most noise: I’m not. It is a partnership.
But he is undoubtedly the better candidate for this role than I am.