Homes for Scotland chief executive appointed chair of Habitat for Humanity GB

Nicola Barclay

HOMES for Scotland (HFS) chief executive Nicola Barclay has been appointed board chair for Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, a charity focused on alleviating poverty through affordable social housing.

Barclay, who joined the board of trustees in 2020, will succeed Ian Whitehead, who served as chairman since 1991.

“Habitat for Humanity GB is uniquely qualified to build homes and support community projects, helping to break the cycle of poverty and making a real, tangible difference to the lives of people most in need,” she explained. “I look forward to leveraging our strategic networks and partnerships to build thriving communities around the world.

“The CEO, Tum Kazunga, and his team have worked tirelessly over the last few years to support those in need of safe, secure housing, and I intend to ensure that the board is there to support and guide them through the continual challenges that the charitable sector is facing. The support from our corporate partners and individual donors clearly demonstrates to me that this charity touches people’s hearts, as we all know how fundamentally important our homes are to our wellbeing.”

Nicola Barclay previously formed a charity partnership between HFS and Habitat for Humanity GB and travelled to India and Kenya to work on building projects as a volunteer.

“On behalf of the board, I am delighted that Nicola has agreed to be the new chair,” said Ian Whitehead. “She has already demonstrated her leadership qualities chairing a major subcommittee of the board. With her expertise and business relationships in the building industry and her heart for Habitat’s work in Britain and overseas, I have no doubt she will help steer forward the next phase of growth after the challenges of Covid-19.”