Orkney Housing Association unveils chief executive successor

Craig Spence
Craig Spence

Orkney Housing Association (OHAL) has announced that Craig Spence has been selected to succeed Sally Inkster on her retirement as CEO of the association later this year, following a nationwide recruitment campaign.

John Rodwell, OHAL chair, said: “With interest from across Scotland we were pleased to find three very able candidates whom we wished to interview. Supported by consultant Robert Allan of Plus Business Solutions we carried out a robust interview process at the end of which we unanimously agreed that Craig should be offered the post.”

Angus Lamont, CEO Hebridean Housing Partnership, (OHAL’s equivalent in the Western Isles) joined the selection panel as an independent specialist advisor.

Angus said: “The panel quite rightly set a high standard for this post and conducted a rigorous assessment process. They have selected an individual who demonstrated both a sound understanding of the sector and the attributes required to take on this key leadership role within their organisation.”

Craig Spence joined OHAL in April 2014 as director of operations, from a business background and with non-executive experience on a number of public bodies.

Sally Inkster
Sally Inkster

Accepting the post, Craig said: “Sally and the management committee have developed an organisation to be proud of. I am delighted to have been selected and look forward to leading the association to continue delivering quality housing and services for our residents.”

Sally, who plans to retire in October, added: “I gave the association ample notice so there was sufficient time to enable them to get the best person for the job. I am delighted with their decision and will work with Craig over the coming months to ensure a seamless handover in October.”

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