PhotoAbhiAgarwalAug2019 News

PhotoJimCargill News

Dr Abhishek Agarwal (above left), course leader for the Aberdeen Business School MBA Programme at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been elected as the new chairman of Grampian Housing Association, while Jim Cargill (above right) takes over as vice- chairman.

Dr Agarwal’s expertise spans the areas of strategy, business models, circular economy, social housing, governance and sustainability. The Association appreciates the support given by RGU in assisting Dr Agarwal with this important community role.

Commenting on his election, Dr Agarwal said: “It is a challenging time to take on the role of chair of Grampian Housing Association. We operate in a demanding environment but I feel that with my background in strategy and passion to help organisations realise their goals, I am well placed to ensure Grampian achieves its ambitious future plans.

“At RGU we place significant importance on sustainability and supporting our local community and this is an example of how we are committed to working in partnership with other organisations to provide a positive contribution to our society.”

Mr Cargill is currently chief executive of PlanSea Solutions Ltd, an independent commercial enterprise of RGU and a director of Calibre International Ltd, a business consultancy. He has just completed a second term as a board member of Montrose Port Authority and is also an advisor to NESTRANS (North East of Scotland Transport Partnership).

Jim Cargill said: “With my extensive experience in business development roles I welcome this opportunity to volunteer at Board level and I am looking forward to supporting Abhishek in driving Grampian’s strategic direction forward.”

Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association, congratulated Abhishek and Jim on their election and said: “These new appointments come at a time when our business transformation process is underway and I am confident that the experience brought by the chair and vice chair will help us realise our ambitious agenda.

“This will see the move to a new operating model designed to ensure that feedback from our tenants drives service improvements and delivers on our commitment to digital participation.”

One challenge for the association is ensuring that the needs of applicants for new homes are addressed in line with Scottish Government targets for new build homes while maintaining and improving service quality to meet the expectations of existing customers. This is reflected in the 500 new homes target set by the Association over the next five years. There is also a commitment to increase invest in its properties through installing new bathrooms, new kitchens and window replacements.

Members receiving the annual review at the recent annual general meeting heard about the association’s successes in: tenant participation and scrutiny; energy efficiency, including the installation of TESLA battery storage in properties with solar panels; support for tenants through its money advice and housing support projects; and building new homes for social rent at locations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Latest News

23/03/2020-Coronavirus: notifying of ser…

We are strictly adhering to the message from the Prime Minister this evening to stay at home to save lives.  As a result, the Aberdeen and Elgin offices are closed with immediate...

Read more

Has Coronavirus (Covid-19) changed your …

We acknowledge the current situation is unsettling and that Covid-19 will have a financial and physical impact on tenants. The information is changing almost daily, but please be assured that...

Read more

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for tenant…

We are committed to continuing to provide services to our tenants, customers and housing applicants in these challenging times. However, we are taking sensible precautions to protect everyone.   We have...

Read more

Now recruiting voluntary board members

We now wish to further enhance the strength and diversity of our Board and are seeking enthusiastic, community-minded people from all walks of life.  While you don’t need to have...

Read more

Co-wheels car club scheme for tenants la…

Thanks to the launch of a new pay-as-you-go car hire scheme, tenants of Grampian Housing Association can now access electric cars. Grampian is the first housing association in Aberdeen to be...

Read more

Withdrawal of Allpay Windows App (Feb 20…

ALLPAY - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS On 1 February 2020 the Allpay Windows App will no longer be available.  Apple and Android versions will continue to be available. Allpay will make sure...

Read more

Festive Office Closure

This festive season our Aberdeen and Elgin offices will close at 1pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will re-open at 9am on Friday 3 January 2020. We wish all our...

Read more

New Chair and Vice Chair elected by Gram…

Dr Abhishek Agarwal (above left), course leader for the Aberdeen Business School MBA Programme at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been elected as the new chairman of Grampian Housing Association...

Read more

Fire damage at historic Aberdeen school …

A new image shows the destruction caused by the fire that tore through Aberdeen’s old Victoria Road Primary in May. The Torry blaze caused the roof to partly cave in and...

Read more