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#SFHAPRAM sponsors’ focus: Russell Timber Technology

The SFHA is exceptionally grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by its commercial sponsors.

The federation would like to thank Russell Timber Technology for supporting its Property Repairs and Asset Management Conference which is taking place on 4 and 5 October at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore.

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John A Russell (Joinery) Ltd T/A Russell Timber Technology is a Glasgow based family business dating back to 1888. It manufactures, supplies and installs high performance timber and aluminium-clad windows, doors and façades that can achieve energy efficiency U-Values of 0.7 W/M ^2K and acoustic reduction to 55db.

It is an ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certified company, and its product ranges meet the criteria for various schemes, including Secure by Design, FSC®, PEFC, the Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes, and Passivhaus. Russell Timber Technology is registered with FENSA, ConstructionLine and SMAS and undertakes work in many industry sectors, including social housing, new build, renovation and private developments.

Michael Luby, Regional Manager North, Russell Timber Technology, said:

“Russell Timber Technology is delighted to be supporting the SFHA Property Repairs and Asset Management Conference 2016. Visit us on stand three, where our team will be on hand to show you our latest quality Timber and Alu Clad Window and Door products.”

Please contact Craig McMillian, SFHA Business Development Officer, for details on how you can sponsor a future SFHA event

To book your place at the Property Repairs and Asset Management Conference, and for programme details, visit the SFHA website or contact 0141 332 8113 or email

Wednesday, September 28 2016 9:24


Housing associations collaborate to deliver new affordable homes for Methil

Two Fife housing associations are working in partnership to deliver badly needed new affordable homes for the older and disabled people in Methil.


Twenty-three homes will be developed and built by Kingdom Housing Association and will then be transferred into the ownership of Glen Housing Association which will have responsibility for their allocation, management and maintenance.

A large number of the new homes are being developed to meet particular needs, with 16 one and two-bedroom amenity and two two-bedroom properties designed to full wheelchair standard. The remaining five houses will provide one, two and three bedroom general needs homes.

Anne Dickie, Director with Glen Housing Association, said:

“Almost 80% of the properties are designed to meet the needs of older people or people who require wheelchair accessible housing and this is reflective of the needs in the area, where there is a shortage of specially designed homes.”

The £2.7 million project is partly funded by the Scottish Government, which provided £1.8 million in grant subsidy, and is being developed by Kingdom as part of the Fife Alliance Collaborative Working arrangement.

Ms Dickie continued:

“Glen is a relatively small housing association and, whilst we have the capacity to raise private funding for new projects, we do not employ our own development staff.

“The arrangement we have with Kingdom has worked very well for many years and meets our mutual objectives to help address housing needs in the area.”

The project is being provided for Kingdom at Methil Brae, Methil, Fife by Robertson Partnership Homes as part of a larger development and has been designed by Sinclair Watt Architects. Work started on site in June this year, and the first phase of completions are programmed for completion before the end of April.

Bill Banks, Kingdom’s Chief Executive, said:

“The Methil project is another successful example of how housing associations can work collaboratively to meet the housing needs in their areas of operation.

“The 50,000 target for new affordable homes set by the Scottish Government will be challenging, however if housing associations pool resources and work together in partnership, we should be able to make a significant contribution to achieving the aims of the programme.”

Pictured: Progress on site of the Methil development.


Homes for Life Housing Partnership holds 18th AGM

Homes for Life Housing Partnership held its 18th Annual General Meeting on 14 September, at the Maitlandfield Hotel, Haddington.

Homes for Life

The partnership said that the event was “another successful meeting”, with 34 people attending – including 23 tenants. Most stayed on after the meeting to enjoy a buffet and informal chat with directors and staff.

The theme of the AGM was tenant participation. Guest speaker Lynda Johnstone from the Tenants Information Service gave a presentation on tenant scrutiny. She outlined regulatory requirements, potential benefits, and practical examples.

Formal business included a finance report from new agents Chiene & Tait, appointment of Scott Moncrieff as new External Auditors, and an annual review by the Homes for Life Housing Partnership Chair Jamila Greig.

Chair Jamila Greig drew attention to Homes for Life’s own Annual Performance Report and the Scottish Housing Regulator’s Landlord Report. She said that these confirm an overall performance to be proud of – delivering on Social Housing Charter outcomes and demonstrating continuous improvement. Jamila also focused on tenant satisfaction and pilot Universal Credit implementation as well as on improvement actions for repairs/maintenance and governance. In conclusion, she thanked everyone for their contributions over the last year and looked forward to further productive partnerships for the year ahead.

Hilary Mark, Customer Services Manager, presented Community Pride Awards to tenants who had made outstanding contributions through their gardens, common areas, or as neighbours. A donation of £250 was also presented to Margaret Neil of Macmerry Over 50s – for outstanding contribution to the local community.

Copies of reports are available for download from Homes for Life Housing Partnership’s  website here

Pictured: Chair Jamila Grieg presents her Annual Review.


Cairn’s Board welcomes changes at 25th AGM

Cairn Housing Association has thanked Board member Euan Bell-Scott and Chair Ken Ward after they stepped down from Cairn’s Board.

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Jason MacGilp, Chief Executive, said:

“Ken and Euan have been instrumental in steering Cairn through many challenges and changes over the years and achieving the good standing the association has today.

“Everyone at Cairn wishes them our very best wishes for the future and sincere thanks for everything they have done for Cairn and our tenants.”

Cairn’s new Chair Simon Guest, a board member for five years, thanked Ken for his service at the AGM and welcomed three new Board members.

“We are delighted to welcome Angus Lamont, Laurence Casserly and Neil Wood, to the Board, and we’re excited at the expertise they will bring to Cairn. Our staff team has succeeded in bringing sustained improvements to our services and it’s an exciting time to be part of a Board which supports them.”

Michael Allan, a Cairn tenant and board member for four years, was elected as Vice Chair at the meeting. The AGM also approved the appointment of new Board Members Moira MacKenzie and Helen Barton during the year.

Cairn’s AGM was closed by the SFHA’s Chief Executive Mary Taylor, who, reflecting on her six years at the SFHA, presented a sector report highlighting the challenges and opportunities faced by Scottish housing associations.  The AGM was also an opportunity for Cairn to showcase their 2016 Annual Performance Report and a short film celebrating projects supported by the Association’s Community Fund.  To view the film visit Cairn’s website, Facebook or Twitter channels.


Berwickshire Housing Association turns 21

Berwickshire Housing Association, the first Large Scale Voluntary Transfer organisation in Scotland, turned 21 years old this month and celebrated with a garden party at its Head Office in Duns. Staff, tenants, Board members and volunteers, both past and present got together to celebrate the association’s successes over the last two decades.

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Philip Jones, the association’s first Chief Executive, said:

“So many people contributed to the success of BHA – the original district councillors who came up with the plan, the legal and financial professionals who put together the unavoidably complex business arrangements, the regulators who got to grips with these arrangements for their approval processes, the volunteers, from all walks of life, who became board members, responsible, without any pay, for the direction and governance of the association and staff who committed their careers to this unknown and untried organisation and the tenants who had faith that we would do what we said we would and stuck by us throughout.”

Alick Hay, BHA’s first ever Convener said:

“The process of transfer was long, convoluted and often frustrating, but it was ultimately achieved at the beginning of September 1995.

“On the appointed day, myself as Convener, the late George Finlay as Vice Convener and Philip Jones as Chief Executive, sat in the lawyer’s office in Edinburgh and each signed over 500 pages of the transfer document. Writer’s cramp ensued!”

A timeline of BHA’s 21-year journey to date was put together for the event, and it’s clear that many things have changed since 1995.

Helen Forsyth, BHA’s Chief Executive, said:

“The future will continue to bring challenges. It will require us to demonstrate our commitment to the broader community by initiating change through our focus on innovation in order to solve problems for our tenants and the community, making BHA more sustainable and effective in years to come.”

The association’s Current Convener, Andrew Watson, said:

“Looking back over the 21 year timeline, it is very clear that BHA has always tried to do its very best for its tenants and its staff since the beginning.

“Whilst many awards and accolades have been won, many initiatives run their course and many changes in the world in which we live and work, the organisation has maintained its focus on delivering its original mission of delivering excellent and affordable housing and housing services for the people and communities of Berwickshire .”

You too can follow BHA’s journey since 1995 by visiting its website

Pictured: Staff and tenants past and present get together to celebrate BHA turning 21.


Job of the week – Chief Executive Officer – Dunbritton Housing Association


Chief Executive Officer
£63,038 – £65,569
Pension and Car Allowance

Since it was established in 1992, Dunbritton Housing Association has developed an excellent track record for providing quality housing and community support services and we have a long term plan of investment and innovative development, with at least 270 new homes in the pipeline.  We have achieved the respected Customer Service Excellence 2 Star Award and are working towards Recognised for Excellence accreditation.

Continuous improvement for the benefit of our tenants and communities is our goal.

We own and provide services to over 1,200 tenants and owners in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute. Our housing stock is high-quality and high-demand, void turnover and rent arrears are low and, with an annual turnover of over £3m and an on-going development programme, the Association is in a sound financial position.

As a result of retirement the Board is looking for a Chief Executive to continue our success and lead the Association.  Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate a record of achievement in successfully leading through their initiative, expertise, energy and enthusiasm.

The Chief Executive will work with the Board to maintain excellent governance standards, provide strategic leadership and deliver the Business Plan objectives. He/she will lead and motivate the team to develop our business and deliver high quality customer focused, affordable housing services and community support initiatives.

To find out more about Dunbritton Housing Association and how to apply for this significant career opportunity, visit the website HERE .  To arrange a confidential chat with our recruitment consultant email or call Jim Rennie on 0141 563 9863

Closing Date 10 October 2016

Dunbritton Housing Association is a Scottish Charity No. SC036518

Friday, September 23 2016 8:59


Lintel trust: save the date:

Lintel Trust will be holding its annual launch event on Friday 18 November from 10am–2pm at the Bob Allan Conference Centre, ng homes, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 5AZ.

This year’s theme will be ‘Digital Participation in Housing’ and there will be a range of speakers from both the housing sector and Scottish Government. During the event, Lintel Trust will be looking at the positive impact housing associations are having on Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter.

For further information, or book a place, please contact Kate Christie at

Tuesday, September 27 2016 9:58


SFHA members: Important date for your diary

The SFHA IS delighted to announce that next year’s Annual Conference will be held on 1-2 June 2017 at Glasgow City Hotel.

Want to be involved with the conference planning group?


Stay up-to-date with the SFHA’s plans, give your ideas and help shape the conference programme. Involving members in its work is important to the SFHA as it helps it to do the best job possible in identifying the topics that matter to you.

Being part of the planning group would involve attending one meeting in Glasgow and being part of the email circular group. If you are interested, please get in touch by emailing

More details will follow, but in the meantime, please put the date in your diary.