He served on the Board of Hastoe for twenty years
and was passionate about tenants, quality services and diversity.
was always passionate about equality and championing the voice of the tenant. His
wisdom was always shared with gentleness and care underpinned by a steely
determination to stand up for what is right. When he retired from the Board of
Hastoe in 2013 he said that he particularly enjoyed his work as the Chair of
the Continuous Improvement Group, of tenants, staff and stakeholders, working
together, under his stewardship to improve services and celebrate diversity.
was born in 1935 and grew up in South Africa, becoming politically active in
his teens, and was the youngest defendant in the Treason Trial of 1956,
alongside other anti-apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela and Walter
had previously served five months’ imprisonment in Johannesburg’s notorious
prison, The Fort, for his opposition to apartheid, but this time he was
then began working on the first black weekly newspaper, Golden City Post and
Drum magazine, during which time he helped found the South African National
Union of Journalists, a non-racial organisation.
1960 he was advised to leave South Africa as he was likely to be imprisoned
again, and stowed away to Southampton with £3.10 in his pocket.
got a job as press officer for the Anti-Apartheid Movement before becoming a
journalist for The People. With a distinguished career in journalism, he
became the National Union of Journalist’s first black president in 1987 and
worked hard for the union for more than 40 years.
was one of Lionel’s enduring passions. From 1970 Lionel had helped and advised
the Notting Hill Housing Trust, the charity working to provide affordable housing
for Londoners, and joined its board in 1976, showing a determination to involve
tenants in decision-making. He became chairman in 1994 and remained on the
board well into his retirement. In 1999, he was appointed OBE for his work in
is survived by Liz and their two sons. Our deepest sympathy goes to them and
all his family and friends.