Eildon hosts its 49th AGM and says farewell to Chair, Dave Alexander

Eildon held its 49th Annual General Meeting on 7 September 2022 in Selkirk. The meeting also marked the retirement of Scottish housing stalwart Dave Alexander, who had been Eildon’s Chair for four years, and a Board member for nine years.   




Dave Alexander gave his final annual report as Chair and highlighted some of Eildon’s key achievements for 2021/22, including the launch of the new corporate 5 Year Strategy, the significant expansion of Eildon’s new build programme with 241 new homes and 397 new tenancies created. The expansion of extra care services with the new state of the art extra care development Wilkie Gardens, Galashiels and the transfer of 28 SB Cares staff at Dovecot Court, Peebles. A total of ninety-nine new recruits were appointed during the course of the year.  It was noted that great progress has also been made with a range of other ongoing collaborative partnerships supporting communities on employability, food supply and social support for our older population.

Nile Istephan, Chief Executive thanked Dave for the enormous contribution he has made, not only in his time at Eildon but to the whole Scottish housing sector in a stellar career.  Dave leaves behind a huge legacy from various roles as a housing professional, academic, policy maker, activist and volunteer. Fond words and sentiments were forwarded from many of his colleagues who have known and worked with him since he started back in 1974.

Dave welcomed his successor Cathie Fancy who takes over his role as Chair and Alison Ballantyne who is Vice Chair.

The Eildon Board for 2022/23 was confirmed as:

Alison Ballantyne – Vice chair
Ron Beardsley
Cathie Fancy – Chair
Brian Frater
Paul Gilbert
Amanda Harvie
Catherine Louch
Allan Lundmark
Eibhlin McHugh
Alan Mordue
Ewen Swinton
Camilla Younger

Contact: Mr Nile Istephan, Chief Executive, 01750 724021

Eildon Housing Association is a leading Scottish Housing and Care provider and is the main provider of new homes of any tenure in the Scottish Borders.

Eildon is a fast-growing organisation and is about to launch a new 5 Year Strategy with a commitment to create up to 800 new affordable homes, transform to be green organisation and decarbonise our housing stock, address a range of social care and housing needs shortfalls and continue to respond to the changing preferences and aspirations of our customers.

We are fully committed to a just transition to a net zero carbon economy, working in partnership with others, as we believe we can play a leadership role in these efforts, and in doing so help re-shape the South of Scotland economy and support genuinely inclusive growth for our region.

Eildon Housing – 50 years providing housing and care