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Chairperson’s Report
Honorary Treasurer’s Report
Property Management Update
Housing Management Update
Tenant Engagement and Communication

1 Chairperson’s Report
Joan McCaffrey Chairman

In what has been my irst year as Chair of the already made an invaluable contribution to At Board level I was sorry to lose Alistair McKane
Association’s Board of Management it gives me the work of the Association. We are of course and Violet Thornton who retired from the Board.
great pleasure to present this Annual report and still keen to encourage other tenants to get Alistair McKane was an original board member
inancial accounts for the 2014/15 inancial year. involved in the governance of the Association and he and Violet helped mould the Association
and would invite them to contact us through into its present form. I thank them both for
It has been an extremely busy and challenging the communication forums advertised. that. Meanwhile I am pleased to welcome Carol
year, with Rural Housing Association oficially Follis, who joined our Board in March 2015,
re-entering the Social Housing Development This year saw the publication of our new Rural bringing with her extensive experience from the
Programme (with a satisfactory rating in its Design Guide. Effectively aimed at the planning community and voluntary sectors.
latest Department for Social Development and design of social housing schemes in rural
audit) and once again becoming active in the areas, it provided the Association with a major I would also like to thank all our external
provision of much needed social housing. springboard back into its role as a key provider partners who have provided support in many
of social housing in rural areas within Northern ways throughout the year. In particular I
One of our key aspirations during the year was Ireland. would like to thank the Department for Social
to involve our tenants more in the provision Development (DSD) and their audit team for
of services and policy decision making. It was In October 2014 the Association brought its working with us and our staff in helping to
with that in mind that we were delighted to irst new scheme (for some time) of 14 homes provide a very positive outcome to our previous
welcome a new tenant board member to our into management. Built by Apex Housing on a audits. Thanks also to Apex Procurement Group,
group. Mrs Shirley McNulty, our irst tenant site originally sourced and developed, planning the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, our
representative on the Board of Rural Housing wise, by Rural Housing, the scheme provided bankers and funders, elected representatives and
Association, lives at our scheme in Belcoo and much need accommodation in Mullaghbane, our own trade body NIFHA, who have been of
brings a wealth of experience from both the South Armagh. By the end of March 2015 the great help to the Association during the year.
community and voluntary sectors. She has Association has a total of 431 home situated
throughout 8 of the new 11 “Super Councils” This incoming year will present many new
in Northern Ireland, with 6 more houses in the challenges for the Association with the ongoing
pipeline for April 2015. social housing reform programme and our
continued focus to provide new and well
As the Association adapts and changes so too designed homes. I thank our Board, CEO, Senior
do our stafing structures. We were sad to lose Management Team and Staff who have helped
two important members of staff during the year, put us in a far better place than a few years
Ashley Young, Bernie Pearson and Gerry Kinsella. ago, and I am content that we can meet those
They helped provide the Association with much challenges head on.
needed experience and will be missed. I am
delighted to welcome Elaine McGonigle as our
new Finance Manager. Elaine brings with her
a wealth of experience from the commercial
sector at a crucial and challenging time for the
Association’s growth.
Joan McCaffrey

Joan McCaffrey Chairperson

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