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Helen McGregor Award 2017

Ms Millen was nominated for CEO recruitment work.

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Elspeth Millen, Chairperson of Elderpark Housing Association, was announced as winner of the 2017 Helen McGregor Award at the EVH Annual Conference on Saturday 28 October. The award was sponsored by Shettleston Housing Association.

Cat Harvey presented Ms Millen with a cheque for £500, sponsored by Osprey Housing, Moray, in front of delegates and colleagues at the Fairmont, St Andrews. Ms Millen, who has over 21 years’ experience as a committee member, 15 if those being as Chair, was nominated by Gary Dalziel, Chief Executive of Elderpark Housing Association. Mr Dalziel believed Ms Millen should be recognised for the work that that she undertook in the recruitment and selection of Elderpark’s CEO, following the sudden and sad passing of the previous long standing Director in 2016. The replacing of a much regarded and loved director was an important decision that Elspeth and the Management Committee would undertake and in challenging circumstances. Elspeth showed tremendous strength of character and calmness of mind and, along with the Vice Chair, they worked alongside EVH to undertake a full recruitment exercise which was transparent, open and focused on bringing new skills to the organisation.

Ms Millen’s love and dedication for Elderpark shone through in both her nomination form and at her panel interview, with the judges having no hesitation in her selection as a worthy winner.

The three other finalists this year were as follows:

  • Colin Cameron, Vice Chair, Gardeen Housing Association
  • Jackie McKelvie, Chair, Oak Tree Housing Association
  • Geraldine Baird MBE, Secretary, Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association

Pictured: Jim Hempsey, Shettleston Housing Association – Award Sponsor;  Elspeth Millen, Elderpark Housing Association – Winner; and Cat Harvey, presenter.