Busy AGM for Ardenglen as new Board members announced

New Board member Alex Warren

Two new members of the Board of management have been announced by Ardenglen Housing Association.

Alex Warren and Lucy Carr joined the Board at Ardenglen’s busy AGM held in Castlemilk.

Welcoming both to the Board, chief executive Audrey Simpson praised their willingness to serve the community and highlighted their skills which would be “invaluable” to the Association.

Alex is currently director of strategic development at the Wise Group, an organisation well known for having a transformational effect on people’s lives, where he has been for over 11 years.

Fiercely passionate about the work that they do, he is responsible for the leadership, direction and management of all strategic business development, in order to provide the foundation for the sustainable delivery of social impact and growth across the business.

Alex said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Board of Ardenglen. I know full well the work that is done in the Castlemilk community to deliver good housing and change people’s lives for the better.

“Ardenglen is a shining example of a housing association operating at the heart of a vibrant, thriving community where housing is greatly-valued by the people it serves.”

Lucy is a retired primary school teacher, has been a tenant for 15 years and a member for eight. She has a strong connection to Castlemilk having been brought up in the community before moving to South Africa and living there for 22 years.

On her return to Britain she came back to live in Castlemilk and is a keen supporter of the concept of the housing association movement and the work it does in the delivery of much-needed local housing.

The new appointments follow Ardenglen’s recent Board appraisal and skills audit.

Audrey Simpson said: “We welcome Lucy and Alex to Ardenglen and feel sure their contribution will be significant in the work we do.”

Meanwhile well known Castlemilk community campaigner Maureen Cope MBE was elected chair. Maureen has a long and distinguished history of social activism in Castlemilk – championing community housing and many other local causes which matter in her neighbourhood and beyond.

In her address to Members, Audrey reaffirmed that value for money to keep rents affordable remained a key priority.

Audrey said: “With great uncertainty around the financial climate it has never been more important to operate as efficiently and effectively as we can.”

Audrey also intimated that the Association was working with others to prepare for the impact of Universal Credit being rolled out in Glasgow in December in order to minimise its effect on tenants.

She also focused on a strong repairs performance at Ardenglen reporting high levels of satisfaction with 95% of tenants giving the service the thumbs up.

Members were also told that November will see the start of building work on Ardenglen’s new £3.6 million housing development of 22 properties – being built with generous financial support from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

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