Merlin Housing Society has a new chairman.
Andrew Frayling, was elected to the unpaid Chairman’s role at the Board’s March meeting. Andrew is Managing Director of his own construction software company and became a joined Merlin’s Board in 2011. Now he will now lead the Board as it drives the growth and development of the society over the coming years.
Andrew replaces former Chairman, Les Good, who has stood down after more than five years at the helm of the Chipping Sodbury-based association. Les was a resident member of the society’s Board who became Merlin’s founding Chairman when it was set up in 2006.
Chief Executive Ian Matthews said: “I would like to pay tribute to Les Good for his sterling work on behalf of residents over the past ten years. He played a leading role in the process that led to the transfer of South Gloucestershire Council’s housing stock and has chaired Merlin through the transfer itself and the challenging early years of our existence.
“Andrew takes over as Chair of Merlin at a crucial point in our journey. With the challenges of the first five years now behind us, we can look forward to a future working together, delivering excellence.”
New Chairman, Andrew Frayling added: “I was specifically looking to join a Board of a housing association that was well positioned to tackle the challenges of the coming decade. Merlin is sufficiently large, has the financial strength and a terrific team of residents and staff to develop as a viable and vibrant organisation capable of achieving its new vision “Quality homes, excellent services and strong communities, with customers at the heart of all that we do”.
“The residents and staff at Merlin have worked hard to achieve a stable housing company since transfer. I hope to build on this strength and help achieve significant growth, while maintaining the high levels of resident satisfaction with the services that Merlin offers its residents. The need for affordable housing is greater than ever and as the leading and largest housing company in South Gloucestershire we have a responsibility to answer this need.”