Bob Smytherman has been a committee member of the FPRA for over 10 years and became chairman in 2008, following the resignation of Muriel Guest-Smith after many years at the helm.
He is currently a director of his own residents’ association and has been since 1992, taking over as chairman in 1995 and was instrumental in removing a number of ineffective managing agents and along with his fellow RMC Directors has self-managed the Worthing estate since 2001 saving on agent’s fees, which has enabled them to spend more on the block itself.
Bob was also responsible for challenging the RMC lease with the freeholder on building insurance and as a result they are now free to purchase their own policy. Their residents’ association has become formally recognised in recent years by the local authorities for consultations by West Sussex County Council and the Borough Council, as well as other public organisations and includes being a statutory consultee for Licensing and Planning applications.
Since being elected in 2002, he has been a Worthing Borough Councillor and served as the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Planning and Economic Development during 2003/4. He brings with him experience of a medium-sized block adding to the diversity of the committee’s experience and advises members on Local Government issues as well as Health and Safety and fire safety legislation.
Bob represented the FPRA on the working group that produced the Fire Safety Guidance for blocks of flats which is available on our website. He is on the judging panel for the News on the Block Property Management and Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards and writes a regular column for Flat Living magazine.
Bob can be contacted personally by e-mail at Bob@fpra.org.uk.