The "loyal and inspirational" chairman of Allum Manor has died at the age of 96.

Jim McKean led the community organisation for more than 20 years and was instrumental in building the manor in Allum Lane into what it is today, having served on the board of trustees since the 1990s.

Mr McKean turned the fortunes of the organisation, then known as Elstree, Borehamwood, and Community District Association, and oversaw the rebirth of the manor house, which has become one of the town's most valued community assets.

Speaking on behalf of the board trustees, Norman Shuker said: "I am greatly saddened to report that Jim McKean passed away on Sunday September 6 after a short illness.

"I knew Jim for over 30 years and am proud to have served as a trustee of Allum Manor under Jim’s guidance as chairman.

"Jim served on the board of trustees from the 1990s and with the late Arthur Jones was instrumental in building Allum Manor into a unique asset for our local community. There was no limit to his dedication to the success of Allum Manor.

"A Scotsman and trained as a Civil Engineer, Jim travelled the world and lived with his wife Jean in Links Drive, Elstree, just a short walk from Allum Manor.

"That was a walk which he made many times over the years; as well as remaining very much involved in day-to-day operations and active in planning future developments, Jim was also a regular member of the audience at Allum Manor Hall performances.

"Jim’s belief in and loyalty to Allum Manor and the community which it serves never faltered. He was determined in his duty, always honest and true to his word, and a source of inspiration to all trustees and staff as well as a kind host to everyone who has visited Allum Manor over the years.

"To say we will sorely miss him fails to do justice to the debt which we all owe to Jim McKean and his family."

Mr McKean was recognised for his work when he received a Civic Award in 2014 - an initiative run by Hertsmere Borough Council honouring community heroes.