Ochil View Housing Association holds 26th AGM
Attendees at Ochil View Housing Association’s Annual General Meeting were told of the organisation’s excellent results for the financial year 2014/2015.
Around 50 members, tenants, guests, committee members and staff attended the 26th meeting in the Town Hall in Alloa and heard chairperson, Ewen Cameron give a resume of the successes achieved during his five years in office although modestly refused to accept responsibility for these.
Although many of the highlights referred to in his annual statement reflected further improvements in terms of governance, organisational initiatives, tenant satisfaction and investment in existing properties, rather than building new homes, Ewen explained that these activities were vitally important in that they were designed to underpin the future of the association.
Auditors, Alexander Sloan, commended the Association on its strong financial position with a health surplus of over £900K for the year along with a strong balance sheet and liquidity position and advised those in attendance that the annual accounts gave a true and fair view of the association’s affairs and had been properly prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.
The guest speaker at the AGM was Kelly Henderson from Sunderland based housing and care group Gentoo who gave attendees an interesting presentation on the subject of domestic abuse and how housing professionals had a key role to play particularly in reporting findings to the necessary authorities.
Former treasurer Tom Brown was elected as new chairperson at the first meeting of the new management committee.
On being elected Tom said: “I am very pleased to be elected as chairperson in the knowledge that the association has a highly skilled and motivated management committee, management team and complement of staff. We are well placed to continue making improvement to our tenants’ homes and to develop new affordable homes as opportunities arise.”
In addition, Margaret Baxter one of the tenant members on the management committee was re-elected vice chairperson and Bob Dunbar was re-elected treasurer.
The committee also approved the election of three new committee members as a result of the summer recruitment campaign with John Campbell, Graham Collie and Louise Gregory being appointed as “co-opted members”.