Riverside Scotland welcomes new Chair
Jim Strang has been appointed as the new Chair of Riverside Scotland’s board
Riverside Scotland has welcomed the new Chair of its Board as Jim Strang was officially appointed at the organisation’s AGM.
Mr Strang – who has more than 40 years’ experience within the housing sector – has replaced current Chair Duncan McEachran whose five-year maximum tenure came to an end in September.
Mr Strang, who served as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2018/19, has held a number of strategic and managerial roles within the housing sector over the past 40 years.
His career began in 1978 at Glasgow City Council and from there he took on a number of roles in the delivery of housing services within several local authorities before being appointed as Group Chief Executive of Parkhead Housing Association in 2007.
In 2020 he retired from full-time employment but has continued to serve on the Boards of several organisations including Ferguslie Park Housing Association, The New Tannahill Centre and The Homelessness Network Scotland.
Mr Strang is now looking forward to getting started in the role. He said: “We already do great work at Riverside Scotland and support our customers in many ways. However, we can always get better and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we’ll be providing even more care and support for our tenants, and I believe new technology will continue to play a vital role as we further improve our services. There are a number of exciting and innovative projects underway, and I look forward to the delivery of 300 new affordable homes that we are completing in the next couple of years, as well as continuing to play our part in eradicating homelessness.”
Acting Managing Director of Riverside Scotland, Morag Hutchinson said: “We’d like to thank our former Chair Duncan McEachran for his dedicated service over the past five years, and to welcome Jim Strang as Chair of our Board. His experience in the sector over many decades will be of great value to us moving forward.”
Riverside Scotland has more than 2,300 properties housing thousands of people across North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway with plans underway to expand further into South Ayrshire this year.