NEWS HR

Swale BC has named Larissa Reed as its new chief executive. Her appointment follows the death of previous chief executive Mark Radford in May after contracting Covid during a stay in hospital. Ms Reed, who is currently executive director of neighbourhoods and environment at Southend-on-Sea BC, was born in the borough and began her local government career at Swale Housing Association as housing officer manager. She was appointed following a national recruitment process which saw 18 candidates assessed, and is expected to take up the role in January 2021.

Dr Willie Mackie has been named as the new chair of hub South West Scotland Limited, succeeding John McClelland CBE. Mr McClelland, who has guided the construction hub over its seven years in operation in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, is retiring. His successor, Dr Mackie, is also the deputy chair of Scottish Enterprise and chair of its audit and risk committee.

Ark has completed the recruitment of three new Board members who play a significant role driving forward the care and housing organisation’s future growth and development strategy. Dr Fraser Quin, Michael Catlin and Joanna Mansell were all appointed at Ark’s AGM, taking the number of Board members to 14.

Law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Sarah Skuse and Siwan Griffiths as partners to its independent health and social care practice.

A director at Housing 21 has joined the board of Trafford Housing Trust (THT). Kris Peach has worked in the housing and care sector for 20 years in both an operational and development capacity. In his current role at Housing 21, he has overseen the expansion of extra care schemes across the country.

East Kilbride Housing Association’s chairperson for the past three years, Graham Keith, has decided not to stand for re-election at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Caledonia Housing Association has appointed a new chair following its Annual General Meeting last month. Alan Nairn has been a board member since 2017 and has served as vice-chair of the Association for the past two years. He worked in health and local government for over 25 years within the corporate services area, primarily focussing on IT, governance and regulation. Mr Nairn replaces Penny Coburn who has retired after 13 years serving on the board.

Lorna Wilson has been appointed new chief executive at Barrhead Housing Association.