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STIRLING LEADER IN KEY APPOINTMENT TO COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND

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Corrie McChord has been appointed a non-executive director of Communities Scotland. ...
Corrie McChord has been appointed a non-executive director of Communities Scotland.

He joins the existing team, appointed last November, and brings considerable experience of the local authority sector to the housing and regeneration agency's management board.

The non-executive directors have been asked to provide an independent source of advice and guidance to the management board of the agency on its strategies and policies.

Making the announcement, minister for social justice Iain Gray said:

'Partnership delivery is an essential part of our strategy to improve Scotland's communities. One of the most significant partnerships will be between Communities Scotland and local authorities. That is why I am delighted to be able to appoint Corrie McChord who will bring to Communities Scotland a deep understanding of the good work being done in local government. His contribution will, I believe, help to ensure that we work together towards the shared goals of improving our housing and regenerating our deprived communities.'

Chief executive of Communities Scotland, Bob Millar, added:

'I am looking forward to working with Corrie. As well as his local authority experience, he will bring rigour to the management board. He is a respected figure who will be able to add real value to the activities of the other directors.'

Although Communities Scotland is not a public body, this appointment followed the Nolan guidelines and was subject to independent scrutiny. The appointment will be remunerated at£2,500 plus expenses per annum.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 provided for the transfer of Scottish Homes to Communities Scotland. This transfer took effect on 1 November 2001.

Non-executive directors have been appointed to offer independent advice to the agency's senior managers. They attend the meetings of the Agency's management board. However, these directors will not have responsibility for the organisation. The responsibility and accountability for the smooth and efficient running of the agency will rest with the chief executive.

Mr McChord has been actively involved in community development matters since 1980 and is a Labour councillor and currently the leader of Stirling Council's administration. He was previously leader of Central RC, and is Cosla spokesperson on social inclusion. Mr McChord was awarded the OBE for services to the environment.

In considering the composition of the board of Communities Scotland, ministers agreed that it would be useful for the agency to have someone with local authority experience. Members of local authorities and Cosla were invited to apply and the applications received were then assessed by an appointments panel which included two independent assessors. The appointment will be part-time and remunerated at around£2,500 per annum, for a fixed term of four years.

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