New Board Members Needed for Albyn

Wednesday 8 May 2013

We are on the lookout for new Board members as Albyn prepares to face fresh challenges affecting the social housing sector, including welfare reform and further funding cuts.

Calum Macaulay, Albyn's Chief Executive, said: “We hope to attract local business people to the Board, particularly those from the development, building or energy sectors.  In addition, we are keen to hear from people with expertise in HR matters.”

Those interested in applying should be based in one of the many communities Albyn serves, from Applecross to Nairn and from Bettyhill to Newtonmore.

New members will be appointed at the Annual General Meeting in August.

With a current membership of 12, the Board plays an integral role in shaping the organisation, be it through supporting the development and maintenance strategy, understanding how to support vulnerable communities, addressing fuel poverty or working to lobby government over issues including funding and welfare reform. 

The Board meets bi-monthly, with more frequent Committee meetings, meaning potential Board members should be able to spare up to a couple of half-days every four to five weeks. A variety of training and self-development opportunities are also available.

If you would like further information on becoming a Board member please email Albyn at: recruitment@albynhousing.org.uk.

Calum Macaulay went on to say: “These are crucial times for the affordable housing sector and for Albyn in particular.

“The UK Government’s controversial welfare reform is already affecting us through the bedroom tax which has left many tenants short of lifeline benefits whilst they wait for smaller properties to become available. And with universal credit on the horizon Highland communities need advice and support more than ever.

“The role of a housing society is much more than just bricks and mortar. We exist to create and support healthy communities and that includes addressing fuel poverty, backing projects that support people into work and helping revive the housing market by providing support for first time buyers.”

The Board meets bi-monthly, with more frequent committee meetings, meaning board members should be able to spare up to a couple of half-days every four to five weeks. A variety of training and self-development opportunities are also available.

Albyn Housing Society’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Albyn Enterprises Ltd (AEL) is also seeking to recruit new members to its board which meets quarterly. 

It currently manages the organisation’s and other landlords’ shared equity LIFT marketing programmes for the Scottish Government.  AEL has plans for business expansion and has already started a mid-market rent property portfolio.

The company is also beginning to explore other areas such as landscape maintenance and factoring.

Those with experience of helping small businesses grow and developing growth through partnership between businesses would be particularly welcome as candidates.

If you would like further information on becoming a Board member at Albyn Enterprises Ltd please email Albyn Housing Society at: recruitment@albynhousing.org.uk.

 

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