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East Kilbride Housing Association Chair retires

Graham Keith will retire after serving five years on the board.

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East Kilbride Housing Association's (EKHA) Chairperson for the past three years, Graham Keith, has decided not to stand for re-election at this year’s Annual General Meeting. He is relocating to the north of Scotland to enjoy his retirement after serving a total of five years on the EKHA Board.

EKHA’s Chief Executive Andy Young paid tribute to Graham.

He said: “I first met Graham as a work colleague on the SFHA management team about nine or ten years ago. I very quickly got to know and like Graham. He has a calm way about him and is brilliant at explaining finances. He has that rare ability to make complex issues sound very straightforward.

"Graham enjoyed the full confidence and respect of the Board and this is evidenced by the responses to some very specific questions on that subject in the annual Board appraisal process. He was also a hugely popular chair among the staff team. Our Finance Manager in particular benefited from his wise words and empathy.

"From my own point of view, Graham was the perfect person to be chair during these past three years. The relationship between Chief Executive and Chair is a crucial one and Graham helped me to oversee some challenging issues and if you look at where EKHA is now compared to where we were three years ago when he took the chair, I think we can safely say that he has been an unmitigated success.

"Graham didn’t need to become involved in any of this. No Board member does. He did it because he believed in the vision and he knew that he could help us to achieve it.

"If his purpose and function was to provide support, scrutiny and guidance to the Chief Executive, then he fulfilled that purpose and function by any measurement, especially in terms of support.

"When time tells the story of the history of EKHA, the three years Graham has been chair will, I am sure, be seen as a golden era. Or maybe a silver one.”

EKHA presented Graham with an engraved silver quaich at the recent AGM, which was held via Zoom, so it was quite an unusual way for him to sign off.

All EKHA’s people – staff and Board – wish Graham a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Pictured: Graham Keith

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