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Loreburn, the Dumfries and Galloway Housing Association, has adopted a new governance charter which will see it further develop its working practices for the benefit of its tenants, service users and stakeholders.

The new Leadership Governance Charter has been designed to align the housing association’s governance even more closely with the recommended standards set out in the Scottish Housing Regulator’s Regulatory Code of Governance (2008).

A key focus area within the charter is developing the skills, knowledge and experience of Loreburn’s management committee, which consists of 15 volunteers who provide strategic direction to the charity on an ongoing basis. Each committee member has now signed up for additional training in the form of an individual Learning and Development Plan, and a management committee-wide learning plan will also be implemented.

Established in 2002, Loreburn Housing Association provides over 2300 homes across Dumfries and Galloway, as well as a range of related care and support services.

Iain Agnew, convener of Loreburn Housing Association, said: “The signing of our Leadership Governance Charter is a symbol of Loreburn’s ongoing commitment to ensuring excellent service provision for all of our tenants.

“This is a significant milestone for us and we are looking forward to working with our staff in order to ensure that as many benefits as possible are passed on to our end service users. We are incredibly proud to have this Charter in place to help shape our future practices.”

Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, said: “Loreburn Housing Association has put a great deal of time and effort into this new Leadership Governance Charter in order to improve the organisation’s governance, I commend the association for doing so and I particularly welcome the fact that it is now being implemented formally.

“Good governance means promoting values across the whole organisation and demonstrating this through the behaviour of senior staff – it is absolutely right that many of the principles contained in the new charter correspond with recommendations made by the Scottish Housing Regulator. “I wish Loreburn all the best with their new leadership focus and look forward to hearing feedback from their tenants over the coming months.”

Councillor Willie Scobie said: “I would like to congratulate Loreburn Housing Association for adopting this new charter which demonstrates its commitment to open and transparent leadership and governance practices.

“Having worked with all levels of staff from housing officers, maintenance inspectors, office staff right up to the chief executive at Loreburn for a number of years, I hold the organisation in very high regard. I have always found Loreburn to be tenant-focused which is demonstrated in its ongoing commitment to providing quality housing for people within the local community.

“Loreburn has built a good reputation for putting its tenants and residents first and I look forward to hearing more about how staff are getting on with the new Charter and training in due course.”