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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
Neville Armstrong Chairman

I am honoured to be writing this report in my were active in seeking out new opportunities behind. His radical, pioneering and far-seeing 1991
irst year as Chair of Rural Housing Association in rural areas all over Northern Ireland. Working rural housing policy document ‘The Way Ahead’
and am delighted to report another successful closely with local community groups and our was simply “the rural housing game-changer” and
year for the Association. colleagues in the Northern Ireland Housing to this day is still quoted and used in strategy
Executive we have been heavily involved in and policy documents throughout the housing
Whilst the Association is actively seeking out latent demand testing in rural areas and have world. He will be sadly missed.
and providing new accommodation in rural successfully identiied and registered sites
areas (and provided modest growth for the for rural areas which already demonstrate My thanks go to all our external partners who
Association) we have not lost sight of our high demand for housing. In line with our have provided much needed support during the
systems and procedures and have continued in business plan for the year we have shown year. I am mindful of the support given by our
our quest to reach the highest standards in all the Association taking the lead in proactively sponsoring Department, the Department for
that we do as an Association. From Property grasping opportunities to be at the forefront of Communities, and their inspection team who
Management right through to our Governance housing provision in rural Northern Ireland. have again worked positively with us. With the
procedures we have seen continuous demise of the Apex Procurement Group my
improvements in all areas of the Association Stafing wise, this year saw us lose Chris Walsh thanks also to the members of HA5, a group of
and we trust that an Inspection carried out from our Technical Department. Chris has been likeminded smaller housing associations who
by the Department for Social Development with the Association since 2008 and provided recently jointly procured a Measured Term
before the inancial year end will relect on an excellent service to tenants over the years Maintenance contract together. The Northern
that very positively. Although we only added 7 and for that we thank him. His replacement, Ireland Housing Executive have continued to
new properties to our stock during 2015/16 we Darren McGowan comes with a wealth of work closely with us along with our bankers, our
experience in the maintenance ield and has company solicitor, NIFHA, our trade body, and
demonsrated his commitment to providing elected representatives. I thank them all.
a high quality maintenance and customer
orientated service. 2016 sees even more challenges for the
Association with the conclusion of the social
At Board level we were sad to accept the housing reform programme and the onset
retirement of Mark Conway and Joan McCaffrey. of welfare reform. Our Board, CEO, Senior
Both past Chairs of the Association and Management Team and staff have ensured,
stalwarts of the rural cause will be missed for during the last year that we are well positioned
their huge input over the years. to manage these challenges and I thank them all
for their hard work.
This has been a good year for the Association
from a business perspective however on a
personal level we have endured a sad loss to
the Association with the death of our esteemed
colleague Sean Gallagher. Sean was a true
gentleman and his work with Rural Housing
Association and within the housing movement Neville Armstrong
as a whole will testify to the legacy he has left Chairperson

Neville Armstrong Chairperson

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