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Governance

The Association is controlled by the communities it serves. The Management Committee sets the overall strategic direction of the Association and takes all the key decisions with regard to the Association.

The Management Committee is supported by two Neighbourhood Committees covering Halfway and Cardonald and Pollokshields and Shawlands neighbourhoods. The SFARS Board, Audit and Staffing sub-committees complete the five sub-committees of our main Management Committee and complete our governance structure.

All of our committees, sub-committees and boards are largely composed of local residents and service users who work to ensure that the Association is accountable and delivers services appropriate to the needs of our local communities.

Our Management Committee acts as our governing body and is responsible for setting our aims and objectives and monitoring our progress in achieving them. Management Committee members meet once a month, ten times a year to:

  • Set short and long terms objectives for the Association
  • Discuss the overall operation of the Association in its use of resources, achievement of aims and objectives, financial viability and service delivery for tenants and service users
  • Ensure that the Association meets its legal and regulatory obligations.

Our Management Committee:

Office Bearers

Chairperson: Margaret McIntyre

Margaret has been a member of Southside Housing Association’s board for almost 10 years, but has been active on local housing groups in the Cardonald area for almost 20 years.  Margaret worked in the motor industry for a number of years and is a retired administrator with the N.H.S.

Margaret works a voluntary basis for the Royal Voluntary Service at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow.  Margaret was elected Chairperson in 2017.


Vice-Chairperson: Betty MacNeil

Betty became a Board member in 1995 and has served as Chairperson for two separate spells over nearly 10 years.  Betty has also been Chair of Pollokshields Neighbourhood Committee.  Betty is a retired Catering Manager and is active in a number of local community organisations.


Secretary: Iain Dyer

Iain is one of the 7 founder members of Southside Housing Association (previously Pollokshields H.A.), the second oldest HA in Glasgow.  Iain served 20 years as Councillor for Pollokshields and registered the first 27 community based HAs in the city.

As an elected member Iain was heavily involved in establishing the City Council’s policy on housing co-operatives, and on the implementation of the Homeless Persons Act.

Along with Professor Duncan McLennan Iain set up the Glasgow University Diploma in Housing, a centre for excellence in housing training in Scotland some 30 years ago, which has trained hundreds of HA staff.

Iain served as a Scottish member of the UK wide Housing Corporation for a decade and is active in a host of community based groups.


Members

Alex Cameron

Alex has served on the Association’s Management Committee for two years.  Alex is a qualified management accountant and a professional Internal Auditor to the Housing Sector, working with Quinn Internal Audit Services.


Jonah Chireka

Jonah is a graduate with Master of Science degree in International Operations and Supply Chain Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Jonah also received an Honours degree in Management Technology & Enterprise at the same University.

Jonah is currently an Associate member of Chartered Institute of Marketing where he received his advanced Certificate in Professional Marketing and a Member of Council of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport(CILT) & CIPS where he received a certificate in Lean Six Sigma and waste management (Yellow Belt Certification).


Surjit Singh Chowdhary

Surjit has served on various charities since 1965. He was previously President and Trustee of Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha for a number of years.  Surjit is also a director of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow and Treasurer of Scottish Pensioner’s Forum.  Surjit has extensive business interests.


Lucy-Anne Cowan

Lucy-Ann is a health professional and has been active in the Association’s Governance structures for a number of years.  Lucy-Anne previously served on the Pollokshields Neighbourhood Committee and is a former Chair of the Audit Committee.


Alan Ferguson

Currently Director at SHARE, the learning & development organisation for the housing sector, Alan was for 21 years at the professional body for housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing, as it’s Director. Alan has also held posts in education, policy and campaigning. Alan also worked as a community worker working with a range of tenant and community groups.

Alan was also Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum, having been appointed to that role by Government Ministers.

On Southside Alan is a member of the Audit & Finance Committee and Chair of SFARS, Southside’s factoring & mid-market rent subsidiary.


Kenneth Ross

Kenneth is a retired accountant and has been a board member at Southside Housing Association for almost 20 years.  Kenneth is also active in a number of other community groups including Pollokshields Church of Scotland.


Bob Turnbull


Munir Choudry

Our two neighbourhood committees meet bi-monthly and operate as sub-committees of the main Management Committee, membership of all the Association’s sub-committee is subject to approval of the Management Committee.

Halfway/Cardonald

Alison Devlin – Chairperson

May Ballantyne

Sam Brown

Margaret McIntyre

Pat Shields

Mary Ward

Brian Watson


Pollokshields

Parveen Mahmood – Chairperson

Farida Fahil

Abdul Ghani

Betty MacNeill

George Thomson

Sadie Swan

Dorothy Wason

In 2005 the association established Southside Factoring and Related Services (SFARS), a wholly owned subsidiary, in order to deliver commercial activities which could not be provided by the Association as the charitable parent company.

SFARS main focus is on providing a property factor services, it has grown and developed and now incorporates two entities Southside Residential and Southside Letting which together provide the following commercial activities;


Board Members:

Alan Ferguson – Chairperson

Betty Macneill

Carol Wiseman

Lucy Gillie

Ruth McLuskey

 The Association is run according to our constitution and rules of association, here are some of our key governance documents:

The Association is made up of a shareholding membership who have voting rights at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, elect members to our Membership Committee and other rights in relation to the way the Association is managed. The Association encourages local residents and anyone else who shares the Association’s objectives to become a member. It’s a great way to ensure that you have a say and a stake in how we operate as a social landlord.

How to become a member of Southside Housing Association.

You can apply to become a member of the Association making a one off payment of £1.00. Anyone who lives in the areas which we operate in, or who shares the Association’s objectives set out in our Rules may apply to become a member. We want to promote as diverse a membership as possible and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds irrespective of their ethnicity, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or gender identity, or disability.

As a registered social landlord, charity and company, the Association’s functions are closely regulated in a number of ways.

The Scottish Housing Regulator

Registered Social Landlords are regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR). The SHR aims to safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants of social landlords and other people who use our services. The SHR closely assess the Association and other social landlords based on:

  • How we are performing in delivering our housing services
  • Our financial viability and well being, and;
  • How we are meeting the SHR’s standards of governance and financial management

The Association has a statutory duty to provide certain information to the SHR throughout the year, here are some of the key documents  that the SHR produce in relation to the Association:

The Association has a Complaints Handling Procedure which you can use when you are dissatsified with an aspect of how we have delivered our services, or how that may have affected you.

When things go wrong that have a serious and adverse impact on a significant number of people, you can report these issues as a significant performance failure to the SHR who will investigate and take appropriate action to address your concerns.


The Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate regulates cares services in Scotland. They support improvement in care services and work to ensure that quality of care in Scotland meets high standards.

The Association’s Saffron Project, which provides accomodation and a floating support service for young people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background is regulated by the Care Inspectorate. Each year The Association has to provide an annual return to the Care Inspectorate. The Care Inspectorate also cary out periodic inspection of the Saffron Project. Here are a copy of our annual returns and the most recent Care Inspectorate inspection reports:

Saffron Project Inspection Report 2017

Scottish Social Service Council

Our Saffron Project staff are also registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), who are the body who regulate workers in care and social services in Scotland.

Find out more about how the SSSC reguate at: https://www.sssc.uk.com/

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

As a registered charity in Scotland, we are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) who monitor our complaince with our obligations in line with the provisions set out in the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The Association provides an annual return to OSCR every December.

SHA Return 2018


Financial Conduct Authority

The Association must also register with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and changes to Association Rules for example can only proceed with the consent of the FCA. We must also provide financial information annually to the FCA, you can find details of the Association’s annual returns below.

https://mutuals.fca.org.uk/SocietyDetails.aspx?Number=1694&Suffix=RS

Association Policies


Governance Policies


Recruitment & Staff Policies


Communciation Policy


Our Housing Management Policies


Our Sharing Ownership Policy


Our Mid-Market Rent Policies


Our Factoring Policy


Our Finance Policies


Our Repairs & Maintenance Policies


Our Development Policies


Our Care & Repair Policy

 

"Southside has always been prompt in everything they do, light fitting was done perfectly by a very efficient, well mannered workman"

Resident in Cardonald