New finance director appointed at Berwickshire Housing Association

Eleanor Rooke

Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) has appointed Eleanor Rooke as its new finance director.

Eleanor, who takes up her new role next month, started her accountancy career working as a finance assistant with a NDPB in Edinburgh, completing her Association of Accounting Technicians qualification there.

She then took up a graduate trainee position with RSM (then Baker Tilly) working in its audit team in Edinburgh, where she gained her CA qualification and progressed to audit manager, delivering external and internal audit services to a wide variety of clients, with a focus on the not-for-profit sector.

During her time with RSM she also undertook a number of secondments with Co-Operative Bank, Wheatley Group and Historic Scotland. Her first move out of practice was into a management accountant role with an international animal health charity before moving to her most recent role of finance manager with Wheatley Group.

BHA’s chief executive Helen Forsyth said: “We can’t wait for Eleanor to join us in October. She is a very talented person who will add real value to our team and complete the leadership team here at BHA.”

Eleanor added: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed finance director at Berwickshire Housing Association. This appointment represents a really fantastic opportunity for me to join, in my first role as a director, an organisation that has strong values, rooted in the communities it works in and a real appetite for innovation and change.

“I look forward to working with and getting to know the Board, Helen and the wider leadership team, my new finance team and all of the staff at BHA.”