Eildon Housing Association vice chair steps down

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The vice-chair of Eildon Housing Association’s board, Henry Coyle, has resigned his position following 17 years of dedicated voluntary service.

During his time with Selkirk-based Eildon, Henry, a practising housing professional, has served as chairman of the audit & risk committee, chairman of the remuneration committee and latterly as vice-chairman of the board.

Henry is moving to take up the role of director of assets & property services with Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA).

Paying tribute to his contribution, Eildon chairman Trevor Burrows said: “Henry has been a hugely valuable asset for Eildon and has been an important board member during a successful period of growth and development for the association.

“Henry’s personal commitment and thoughtful and insightful contributions have been valued by fellow board members and senior staff alike, and we will all greatly miss his involvement.

“However, we wish him well in his new role with SBHA and I am pleased that his knowledge and experience is not being lost to the housing association sector.”

Henry said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on the board at Eildon.

“I’ve made many fantastic friends and learned a great deal from each and every one of them.  

“While I’ll miss my Eildon colleagues, I’m really excited about the opportunities ahead with SBHA.  

Thanks to everyone at Eildon and I wish them good luck for the future.”

Henry said he was looking forward to working back in the Borders after a stint at Edinburgh City Council.

He commented: ““I started my career in social housing at Tweeddale District Council as a housing trainee in 1995 and I’m excited about working back in the Borders again.

“SBHA is very much a tenant-focussed organisation, innovative and forward-thinking, and it was very much this ethos which attracted me to this company and I’m delighted to be part of the team.

“I’m looking forward to leading my team to deliver improvements to tenants’ homes and our new build programme and re-furbishment programmes.

“SBHA has a strong track record of working with tenants and I look forward to working in partnership with Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation (SBTO) to improve repair and maintenance services and ensuring that we deliver great places to live.”

“This year we will develop new ways of working with tenants to address issues and priorities in their local areas through the SBHA Community Teams – with a strong emphasis on improving communal areas and open spaces, alongside delivering an investment programme for tenants’ homes.”