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Volunteers’ Week 2019: Iain and Steven, Muirhouse Housing Association

Muirhouse Housing Association board members, Iain and Steven, discuss their roles. 

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To mark Volunteers’ Week 2019, SFHA is celebrating the invaluable contribution committee and board members make to the housing sector.

Today’s board members are from Muirhouse Housing Association (MHA).

Iain Strachan

Iain joined the MHA Board in 2017. He is a solicitor and the Chief Governance Officer within a local authority. He has experience of delivering strong governance and risk management in the public sector, as well as significant legal experience in both private practice and the public sector. Iain has a strong interest in housing matters as well as the vital role housing has in helping deliver and support strong local communities.

Iain is also a member of MHA’s Audit and Risk Committee.

How long have you been on the MHA board?

Since September 2017.

Why did you join?

For the chance to hopefully be able to use my experience to help MHA deliver great services to our tenants and the community of Muirhouse.

What do you enjoy most about being on the board?

Getting to work closely with my fellow board members and the great MHA staff, all of whom are motivated by the single goal of helping our tenants and the people of Muirhouse.

What is the most difficult aspect about being on the board?

The board papers can be quite long!

Why would you recommend joining the board?

Everyone has something they can bring, and the greater the mix of skills and experience, the stronger the board will be. The board and staff are also very welcoming and helpful.

 

Steven Prevost

Steven joined the MHA Board in 2013. He is a qualified management accountant, with an extensive career in the banking sector. He has many years of experience volunteering for housing and homeless charities, including fundraising for Crisis by cycling a 505-mile route from London to Edinburgh.

Steven is also the Chair of the MHA Audit and Risk Committee.

How long have you been on the board?

Five years.

Why did you join?

To use my accountancy skills to help make a positive difference to the lives of others.

What do you enjoy most about being on the board?

Listening to, and considering, different points of view. There’s always both a compromise and a solution when people listen and consider before making decisions.

What is the most difficult aspect about being on the board?

Hearing about the impact of welfare reform on Muirhouse tenants. I think governments should do a lot more of listening to and considering the views of all parts of society before making decisions.

Why would you recommend joining the board?

As an individual, you will possess a unique set of skills formed from your life experiences. No one else can bring that to the Muirhouse Board.