Council / Housing manager lands new board role

SHETLAND Islands Council’s housing manager has been appointed to the board of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.

Housing executive manager Anita Jamieson.Shetland Islands Council housing executive manager Anita Jamieson.

Anita Jamieson said she is “really looking forward” to getting stuck into the new role.

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the “independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards”.

It aims to provide everyone involved in housing with advice, support and knowledge.

Jamieson has been the housing manager at the council for the last nine years, while she has nearly 35 years experience in local authority finance and housing.

“I think housing is absolutely central to our communities and touches on so many other aspects of people and property,” she said.

“I am really interested in the strategic side of housing and making connections to improve things collectively. With so many Covid-19 impacts being felt across a range of current housing agendas, there is plenty scope.

“I feel I have benefited from being a member of CIH both personally and professionally – the extensive training and good practice information is invaluable, as well as the networking opportunities over the years.

“I am really looking forward to meeting other board members and becoming part of the team.”

Craig Gurney, who has 30 years’ experience of teaching on CIH accredited university courses and works at the University of Glasgow, was also added to the board.

Esther Wilson, chair of the CIH Scotland board, said: “We are very pleased to welcome two new members to the CIH Scotland board and look forward to working with Anita and Craig to ensure that housing remains at the heart of government priorities as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

“Their extensive experience will bring new ideas and perspectives to our board at this crucial time for the sector.”

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021