BHA appoints new property director and six new members to Board of Trustees

Angela Taylor, BHA’s new property director

Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) has appointed Angela Taylor as its new property director as well as a raft of new members to its Board of Trustees.

Angela is a customer focused, motivated housing professional with a strong understanding of the housing system developed over 30 years.

She has a breadth and depth of experience gained from both local authority and a range of urban and rural housing associations and has a proven track record of delivering high quality asset management and property and housing strategies and services.

Her extensive strategic, operational and management experience translates to leadership, support, coaching and staff development in delivering efficient, cost-effective services which tenants value.

She is also used to working with communities and other agencies to maximise opportunities for people, and making best use of partnerships to co-ordinate investment and resources.

Angela said: “I am really excited to be joining BHA, working with colleagues to continue to maintain our high quality homes, and building new homes where people want to live, contributing to the wellbeing and growth of communities throughout Berwickshire.”

BHA chief executive, Helen Forsyth, added: “We are thrilled that Angela is joining us to work at BHA. She comes with a wide range of experience in new developing new homes and looking after housing but best of all she shares our values and commitment to working to solve the problems our tenants and communities face.”

BHA’s new trustees (from left) Lynn Gray, Clive Feeney, Graeme MacLeod, Sean Dickson, Paul Matthews and Susie McCosh

The new Board members bring a range of expertise with them - they include a director of the Scottish Procurement Alliance, a former logistics expert in the Royal Navy, an EasyJet Airlines executive, a chartered surveyor, an award winning hairstylist and a principal engineer.

The new members are:

Clive Feeney is an experienced senior manager with a history of success in developing and implementing strategies for growth and change management. Primarily focussing on procurement, His experience covers both the public and private sectors, managing stakeholder engagement at senior level within national and local government, alongside major construction organisations and third sector partners.

Sean Dickson has a degree in Business and Enterprise and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is currently housing services manager at Melville Housing Association and has 11 years’ experience in housing associations, having worked previously for Scottish Borders Housing Association as a housing officer. Sean also has experience in procurement and logistics which he gained whilst serving 12 years in the Royal Navy.

Susie McCosh is a chartered surveyor with over 20 year’s business experience across the UK and global markets. A commercially focussed manager, she has held several posts with RBS including head of asset management (Asia Pacific) based in Hong Kong before setting up her own company Willowbrae Consulting Ltd.

Paul Matthews is an experienced manager, designer, programme and project manager with over 11 years’ experience and a proven track record of delivering high-profile projects in the built environment with a variety of partners and stakeholders. He has experience across the public, provide and third sectors including the full project cycle from business case justification to construction. He takes an inclusive and collaborative approach to the design and delivery of projects to best meet the needs of local people.

Graeme MacLeod is a highly motivated and experience senior business leader and has a proven track record of leading and managing significant innovation and change in complicated operating environments. He is currently head of ground handling transformation with easyJet Airline Co Ltd, Gatwick, where his achievements include implementing the world’s largest installation of Auto Bag Drop facilities at London Gatwick.

Current president of Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society and an active member of the Duns Summer Festival Committee, Lynn Gray has been a BHA tenant for the past 12 years. She is a hairstylist with 24 years’ experience and is a past winner of the coveted L’Oreal Avant Garde Colour Trophy.

Retired from the Board is David Melrose, from Duns, who has served for 18 years. BHA is very grateful to David for his excellent work and long service.

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