Chris Cunningham leaves Shettleston for City Chambers


Chris Cunningham leaves Shettleston for City Chambers

Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham

Following his re-election to Glasgow City Council Last week, Chris Cunningham gave notice to Shettleston Housing Association of his intention to leave the Association in the fall of this year.

The process of recruiting his successor will begin immediately.

Chris was elected to the board of the SNP in a by-election for the Garscadden / Scotstounhill neighborhood in October 2016 and has now held a leadership position in the new SNP municipal government.

Chris joined Shettleston as a Housing Officer in 1982, directly after the Housing Diploma course at Stirling University, becoming its housing manager in 1985 and director in 1989.

Since then it has led Shettleston to become one of Scotland’s leading community associations. Under his leadership, Shettleston grew through stock transfers in 1994, 2000 and eventually as one of the first “second stage transfers” of. GHA in 2009.

Chris was a member of Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) of the Board of Directors from 1989 to 2000 and was President of the SFHA from 1995 to 1998. In 1999, he served on the joint ministry / city council planning group charged with advancing the transfer of the housing stock from municipal council and, above all, the development of the concept of “second transfer stage”. In 2000, he was seconded to the new organization. He led GHA’s original investment team, returning to Shettleston in late 2002 after the ballot was successful.

Chris went on to become one of the town’s senior officers campaigning for the Second Stage transfer, which resulted in the negotiation of the first transfers, including that from Shettleston, in March 2009.

Under his leadership from 2003, Shettleston expanded its role work wider, establishing subsidiaries to perform estate caretaking, maintenance and recycling work and promoting new community organizations such as the Shettleston Community Growing. Project, the Fuse Youth Café and, more recently, the Shettleston Men’s Shed. .

The Shettleston Group has grown into a significant presence in the local community, employing over 120 people, continuing to develop new housing in the area and investing heavily in its existing stock.

Chris’ career spans a crucial period in Glasgow housing history, from the growth of the community movement in the late 1970s with its commitment to modernizing buildings in the city to the relocation and to the partial dissolution of the council’s previously monolithic housing stock from 2003 to 2011. He was one of many agents who committed to regenerating the city’s traditional living quarters and the concept of community control. Chris’s departure coincides with the historic change in control of City Council, with the end of Labor’s nearly 40-year uninterrupted reign and the SNP taking over for the first time in Scotland’s largest city.

Looking back on his career and work in Shettleston, Chris said, “It has been my privilege to be a part of the Shettleston Housing Association for much of my professional life. I would end up working for an organization that had been set up a few months before, or that when I started as a housing officer in 1982, I would stay so long.

“Doing a job that you enjoy, which gives you the opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of a local community and which allows you to work with amazing local people and committed staff has been my privilege for the past 35 years. and I am grateful that I had this opportunity.

“I would also like to acknowledge the friendship and professional camaraderie of many directors and senior executives of the Housing Associations movement across Glasgow and the West of Scotland for many years. If the sharing of ideas is crucial for success, I like many others, I have become a better manager by shamelessly borrowing good ideas from those around me. Small organizations, by definition, must look outward and be open to ideas from elsewhere in order to grow and prosper. I would like to think that in addition to tapping into the well of this collective knowledge, I also made my contribution.

“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead. Upon leaving Shettleston and being elected to the Council, I now have the opportunity to work for my party, my cause and my city for years to come.


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