Wheatley Group has announced one of Scotland’s leading independent business economists as its new chair.
Jo Armstrong – who joined the Wheatley board in 2015 and serves as chair of the group development committee – will succeed Alastair MacNish when he retires in September.
Commenting on her new appointment, Armstrong said: “I am delighted to be the next chair of such an impressive and successful organisation and look forward to working with my Wheatley colleagues and key strategic partners in implementing our renewed and ambitious five-year strategy, ‘Your Home, Your Community, Your Future’.
“We have supported tens of thousands of households in hardship across central and southern Scotland during the pandemic, and we are determined to contribute creatively to the country’s recovery.
“This will involve continuing to build, maintain, and invest in great affordable homes and – working with Wheatley Care and Wheatley Foundation – to improve the life opportunities of people living in our communities, wherever and whenever we can.”
Armstrong added: “I would also like to pay tribute to Alastair MacNish’s highly-effective leadership over nine years as a board member, including the last six as chair.
“In that time, Wheatley has earned a solid reputation as a high-performing organisation, with hugely dedicated staff, and one that puts the people it works for at the centre of decision making and plans for the future.”
During her career, Armstrong has served in a variety of sectors, including financial services, the Scottish civil service, and the charitable sector.
Aside from her work with Wheatley Group, Armstrong sits on the panel of the Competition and Markets Authority and as chair of hub West Scotland.
She is also a member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland and IoD Scotland’s advisory board.
Earlier in her career, Armstrong chaired OFGEM’s expert panel for its Electricity Network Innovation Fund and served as budget advisor to two Scottish parliamentary committees and as an honorary professor of Public Policy at Glasgow University.
She is also a former chair of ENABLE Scotland.
MacNish added: “Jo is a fantastic appointment and was the unanimous choice of the board.
“I have no doubt Wheatley will continue to set the bar for building award-winning homes and delivering outstanding customer service under her leadership.”
Image: Jo Armstrong. Credit: Wheatley Group
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