Albyn launches search for new Board talent



Albyn Housing Society is seeking to grow its Board of Directors, as the organisation and its two subsidiaries prepare for an enhanced build programme, projected business growth and several new innovation partnerships over the coming years.

The Society’s main board, and the boards of Highland Residential and Albyn Enterprises Ltd, are specifically seeking talent and experience in the fields of customer service excellence, entrepreneurship, finance, digital technology, corporate and employment legal practice and business leadership gained from SME and large corporation backgrounds.

These new skills, it believes, will support its ambitions as it navigates challenges such as welfare reform and ongoing austerity, as well as fresh social enterprise opportunities in the fields of mid-market rent, factoring and other new service innovations.

Calum Macaulay, chief executive of Albyn Housing Society and its subsidiaries, said: “In launching our search for new talent, we’ve evaluated what skills we need across our organisations to ensure that we continue to serve our customers to the best of our abilities, as well as create new opportunities for the people of the Highlands for years to come.

“We want passionate, enthusiastic people who will support our overarching vision, which is to provide for the relief of those in need through the provision, construction, improvement and management of land and accommodation and the provision of care. We also believe that diverse experiences and backgrounds will be hugely beneficial in offering fresh perspective, new skills and increased awareness of the needs and aspirations of our customers.

“This is an exciting time for the business – we’re on track to deliver our ambitious target for new homes, our subsidiaries are growing and developing transformational new partnerships, and our teams are demonstrating national leadership in supporting customers as they transition to Universal Credit. We very much look forward to welcoming new faces to the team.”

Albyn Housing Society currently owns and manages more than 3,000 affordable rented homes across the Highlands with a view to grow this number year on year. The board is responsible for the strategic direction, governance, and overall control of the society and its two subsidiaries.

Highland Residential is a letting and estate agency and factoring service provider, which specialises in mid-market rent and shared equity home purchase. It delivers the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy scheme in the Highlands as well as offering factoring services to its developments. Highland Residential currently has 90 mid-market properties, plans are in motion to increase this to 200 by Spring 2020.

Albyn Enterprises Ltd is the innovative arm of Albyn Housing Society. It acts as an ‘incubator’ for new business activities, the restructuring of existing services and trialling of new goods and services in the Highlands. Currently, Albyn Enterprises focuses on the analysis of residential data that has allowed them to develop the ‘FitHome’ in collaboration with the DataLab at Robert Gordon’s University, Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland.

To enquire about board positions or submit an application, please contact calum.macaulay@albynhousing.org.uk.

For more information about Albyn Housing Society visit: www.albynhousing.org.uk

For more information about Highland Residential, visit: www.highlandresidential.co.uk