Scotland’s “leading property-management organisation” appoints new Chair

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A HOUSING, care, and property-management organisation in Scotland announced who they would be appointing as their new chair on Friday, May 7.

Wheatley Group announced Jo Armstrong as its new chair, she will succeed Alastair MacNish when he retires at the Group Annual General Meeting in September.

Ms Armstrong has an extensive professional career that includes financial services, the Scottish civil service, and charitable sector.

Ms Armstrong is a panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority as well as a member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Chair of Hub West Scotland and a member of the IoD Scotland’s Advisory Board.

Previously, she chaired OFGEM’s expert panel for its Electricity Network Innovation Fund.

Ms Armstrong was also a budget advisor to two Scottish parliamentary committees, an honorary professor of Public Policy at Glasgow University, and is a former chair of ENABLE Scotland.

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Ms Armstrong, one of Scotland’s leading independent business economists, joined Wheatley Board in 2015 and is chair of the Group Development Committee.

Ms Armstrong said: “I am delighted to be the next chair of such an impressive and successful organisation and look forward to working with my Wheatley colleagues and key strategic partners in implementing our renewed and ambitious five-year strategy, ‘Your Home, Your Community, Your Future’.” 

“We have supported tens of thousands of households in hardship across central and southern Scotland during the pandemic and we are determined to contribute creatively to the country’s recovery.

“This will involve continuing to build, maintain and invest in great affordable homes and – working with Wheatley Care and Wheatley Foundation – to improve the life opportunities of people living in our communities, wherever and whenever we can.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Alastair MacNish’s highly-effective leadership over nine years as a board member, including the last six as chair.

“In that time, Wheatley has earned a solid reputation as a high-performing organisation, with hugely dedicated staff, and one that puts the people it works for at the centre of decision making and plans for the future.”

Mr MacNish, who received an OBE for services to local government in 2008, is a former chief executive of South Lanarkshire Council and ex-chair of the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland.

Mr MacNish said: “Jo is a fantastic appointment and was the unanimous choice of the board.

“I have no doubt Wheatley will continue to set the bar for building award-winning homes and delivering outstanding customer service under her leadership.”