At its AGM this afternoon, the association’s members heard the result of the postal ballot for seven places on its volunteer Board. Six existing members were re-elected. They are joined by new Board member Kelsey Kane, the CEO of Ayr based homelessness charity SeAscape.
Board Chair Simon Leslie in announcing the results said “that we have contested elections shows how well we are regarded both by our tenants and the wider public.
“Sadly, though we have to say goodbye with a big thank you to David Porte. David has been an excellent Board member. His expertise in supporting our community engagement has been great asset. Hopefully, we’ll stay in touch. The Board plans a presentation to thank him properly.”
Outlining the results for the previous financial year, he commented “ there was a real fear at the lockdown that housing associations would struggle due to mounting arrears and not being able to let houses. Amazingly due to the commitment of our staff now working from their homes we actually saw arrears fall. We also managed to get our letting activity back on track and keep our repairs service going with a focus on safety related work. All this has paid dividends in a continued strong financial position. This will ensure that we can get our planned improvement works back on track and continue to acquire and build much needed new housing”.
Long service awards were made to Rhonda Leith the association’s previous chair and to four staff members. Mr Leslie added “we are fortunate in having a staff team who when they come to us seem to stay! Taking into account previous awards, almost a quarter of the team have been with us for 20 or more years”.
The meeting concluded with a prize giving for the winners in the association’s ever popular garden and pet competitions including Poppy above. You can see all the prize winners on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
You can see our annual reports and accounts here.