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Kingdom Housing Association staff receive long service awards

Over 80 years’ service between three members of association’s staff.

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Three of Kingdom Housing Association’s longest serving employees have received long service awards after clocking up 80 years of service between them.

Area Housing Manager Alex McLaren was congratulated for 25 years’ service and presented with a certificate by Kingdom Chairperson Freya Lees.

Carmen Hunter, Senior Development Services Officer at the association’s Glenrothes headquarters, was also thanked for a quarter of a century of working with Fife’s largest housing association.

Finally, Kingdom Chief Executive Bill Banks was presented with a certificate marking his 30 years with the affordable housing provider.

Mr Banks joined Kingdom in 1987 as the association’s fourth employee. Kingdom has grown to employ 371 people.

Mr Banks has spent a lot of his time with the association developing new homes. He said:

“When I started with Kingdom, we only had 16 flats in management, and we all did a bit of everything. My main jobs at the start were rent collecting, helping with admin tasks and assisting with the management of the houses and the development programme.

“Very soon after I started, we doubled our stock to over 30 houses in management and another project on site. We were therefore really, really busy. I was asked whether I wanted to focus on housing management or development. I opted for development and never regretted it.”

Mr Banks added:

“Over the years, we have grown significantly, and I’m particularly pleased to have been part of the team that has developed over 5,000 new homes over the years and helped Kingdom develop into such a diverse and progressive organisation.”

Pictured: Kingdom Chief Executive Bill Banks received a commemorative plaque for his 30 years’ service from Kingdom Chairperson Freya Lees.