CIH Scotland appoints three new Board members

CIH ScotlandCIH Scotland has confirmed the appointment of three new Board members as its annual housing festival got underway at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow yesterday.

The new board members were introduced at a member’s lunch hosted by CIH Scotland Board chair Amanda Britain.

Joining the Board are Natalie Grainger of Home Group Ltd, Paul Murphy of Wheatley Group and Sue Shone of Link Housing.

Natalie Grainger is service development manager at Home Group Ltd and brings considerable housing and business change experience to her new position. She recently led and delivered a successful programme of business change to protect rental income and minimise customer arrears for a national housing provider.

Natalie was policy and practice manager at CIH between 2011 and 2013 before moving to Home Group to assume the role of business support advisor. She holds an MSc in Housing Studies from the University of Stirling.

Paul Murphy is community governance co-ordinator at Wheatley Group and has been with the organisation since 2008. His current role includes responsibility for managing stakeholder relationships as well as developing new networks and relationships to help improve service delivery.

Previously, Paul was employed by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service where he was responsible for developing tenant participation strategies and engagement frameworks.

Sue Shone is housing services co-ordinator at Link Housing. Now based in Falkirk, her career to date has included work across 10 different local authority areas, incorporating developments located as far apart as Luss and Alva. She is a strong advocate of joint working and a career highlight has been to have successfully negotiated terms to lease a peer-mentoring flat for young care leavers and a refuge for people fleeing abuse.

Sue worked at CIH Scotland from 2007 to 2013 as a policy and practice manager.

Commenting on the new appointments, Amanda Britain said: “We are delighted to welcome three new board members from such diverse backgrounds and experience. They all share our commitment to the profession and the central role of housing in people’s lives, and I know that their wealth of experience across the sector will be invaluable as we go forward.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kenny Simpson and Suzie Scott, who are standing down from the board, for their great support and active contribution.”

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