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Thirty-year celebrations and new Chair for Ochil View

Housing association continues 30-year anniversary celebrations at its AGM.

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Ochil View Housing Association has continued its 30-year anniversary celebrations at its recent annual general meeting, held in Alloa Town Hall.

Attended by over 50 members, tenants, guests, committee members and staff, the event featured a 30th year review presentation by Chief Executive George Tainsh, which included a short video on the history of the association, followed by some entertainment by locally acclaimed singer, Leona Hens.

Chairperson Tom Brown highlighted another positive year in his address to the meeting, but also reminded those present that, in addition to celebrating the association’s achievements, and the additional homes being built, the reality is that there is still a housing crisis where homelessness is a major issue, and it was incumbent on everyone to tackle this with the provision of additional homes and additional support services.

The association also reported that, at the first meeting of the new committee, held on Thursday 26 September 2019, Margaret Baxter was elected Chairperson.

A member of the management committee since 2010, Ms Baxter is a tenant of one of the association’s properties in Sauchie and has served as the association’s Vice Chairperson since 2014. She also serves on the association’s Customer Services; Finance; Audit and Corporate Governance; and Health, Safety and Human Resources Committees.

Margaret Baxter said: “It is a great privilege to be elected Chairperson of Ochil View Housing Association.  

“I wish to thank Tom Brown for the excellent way in which he chaired the association over the last few years.

“Our committee is made up of hardworking, motivated and committed volunteers who each bring their own skill set to the association. The staff is highly skilled and committed to providing an excellent service to our tenants.

Former Chairperson Tom Brown, who will remain on the committee, said: “The association is meeting objectives, and our sustainability is assured.

“We have much to celebrate in our 30-year history, and we are now well placed to meet the challenges that we still face.

“Succession planning is a responsibility of the Chairperson role, and I believe it’s time to stand aside and further utilise and develop the skills that we have in our current Management Committee. Margaret Baxter has been a very valuable and committed Committee Member, and I am confident that she, and those that will succeed her, can continue the good work of the association in delivering more affordable homes and a good service to our tenants.

In other changes Lindsay Stother was elected as Vice Chairperson and Susan Mackay as Treasurer.

Pictured: Tom Brown and Margaret Baxter.