Video: Port of Leith Housing Association bids farewell to Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson

After 11 years leading Port of Leith Housing Association (PoLHA), chief executive Keith Anderson will begin his retirement tomorrow.

Keith said: “I feel very fortunate and proud to have enjoyed a highly rewarding career in housing spanning four decades. During my time at Port of Leith Housing Association, it has been a privilege to help make a positive impact on people’s lives by providing excellent affordable homes in attractive neighbourhoods, providing welfare and money advice, and supporting people with employment and training opportunities.

“I will greatly miss working with our highly skilled and dedicated staff team and Board members, who I know are very well placed to continue this important work.”

Caitlin McCorry, chairperson of Port of Leith Housing Association, added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Keith whose unwavering dedication to making Leith the best place to be will have a lasting impact on communities in Leith and north Edinburgh. I, along with the rest of the board, would like to thank him for the vast array of achievements which have been delivered under his leadership.

Keith reflects on his time at PoLHA and looks to the future for Leith and north Edinburgh

“Fresh and innovative approaches to developing the culture, diversity and leadership of the organisation, and to the design of excellent affordable homes, have attracted recognition and an impressive collection of awards. We wish him a very happy retirement.”

Following a robust selection process, Heather Kiteley (previously director of finance & corporate services at Port of Leith Housing Association) was named as Keith’s successor in January.

Heather Kiteley

Heather said: “I, and the rest of the staff team, will miss Keith and we are grateful that he has led our organisation to such a strong position. We look forward to being able to mark his retirement after lockdown. As we respond to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to think beyond the present.

“However, I’m thinking about the future of the Port of Leith Housing Association Group. I feel very excited about working with our excellent staff, customers and members of the community to build on Keith’s work through our new five-year strategic plan which will see us provide excellent affordable homes and life-changing services in brilliant communities.”

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