Amir Sadjady is a local entrepreneur, housing expert and a trustee for Hammersmith United Charities.
I grew up in neighbouring North Kensington and now live and work in Hammersmith and know the area well. I had visited a resident of one of the almshouses before and was very impressed with the beautiful gardens – you would never know they were there from the outside – and so when I saw the ad for new trustees I was really keen to get involved.
I love helping to improve people’s lives through my role at Hammersmith United Charities. As a trustee I have responsibility for the future direction and vision of the organisation. I attend regular board meetings, ask questions when needed and contribute with opinions when direction or decisions are required.
I bring a particular specialism in business, housing and property to the team – I own and run a new launderette in White City called Wash Launderette 2.0, which I designed and built myself. Most of my customers are residents in Hammersmith United Charities’ area of benefit – since joining HUC I’m much more familiar with the struggles they face. I also have several properties that I own and manage as a landlord, with many private tenants. I’m constantly improving my properties, filling voids and doing refurbishments.
This experience has been really helpful in my role as trustee; I sit on the housing and property committee and it’s been really rewarding to oversee the refurbishment programme, keep track of empty flats and help deal with any issues the residents may have.
I have found out two things since joining the board. The first is how much help the charity gives to the wider community through the grants programme, I had no idea how many people the Charity supports outside of the almshouses and it feels great to be involved in that. The second is how much I like working with Labour councillors, as a former Conservative and then Liberal Democrat activist this was a surprise! The Council nominates four trustees, three from the Labour party and one from the Conservatives so I’ve had to work closely with ‘the other side’ and I can honestly say I’ve really enjoyed it.