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Executive team changes at Wheatley Group

Hazel Young and Laura Pluck

Wheatley, Scotland’s largest housing, care and property management group, has unveiled a new-look executive team.

Hazel Young has been appointed Group Director of Housing and Property Management, while Laura Pluck takes up the new position of Group Director of Communities. They join Frank McCafferty, who recently became Group Director of Assets and Repairs, having been Head of Property Services at South Lanarkshire Council.

Earlier this month, Wheatley announced Steven Henderson would become its Chief Executive later this year, succeeding Martin Armstrong, who announced last year he would be stepping down after more than 11 years at the helm.

Two long-serving members of the Executive Team have taken the opportunity, as Martin prepares to step down, to seek new career opportunities. Olga Clayton, who served as Group Director of Housing and Care for nine years, was formerly Head of Housing and Care at North Ayrshire Council. Tom Barclay joined Wheatley in 2016 as Group Director of Property and Development, having been Chief Executive of Clyde Valley Group in Lanarkshire.

Ms Young, who has worked in housing for more than 20 years in England and Scotland, was formerly Managing Director of two of Wheatley’s social housing subsidiaries, Dunedin Canmore and West Lothian Housing Partnership. She has held several senior management roles since joining the former GHA (now Wheatley Homes Glasgow) in 2008.

She will have strategic responsibility for Wheatley’s five Registered Social Landlords (Wheatley Homes Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership, Dunedin Canmore, West Lothian Housing Partnership and Loretto Housing), as well as its commercial subsidiary Lowther Homes, Scotland’s largest private rent company, overseeing housing and environmental services, as well as community engagement.

Ms Pluck, who has more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles in social care, became Managing Director of Wheatley Care, formed in 2019 by the merger of two of the Group’s other subsidiaries, Loretto Care and Barony. She will be responsible for the Group’s Customer First Centre, Wheatley 360 and Wheatley Care.

Wheatley announced this week that Laura Henderson will take over as Managing Director of Dunedin Canmore, West Lothian Housing Partnership and Loretto Housing and be responsible for housing advice, homelessness, customer support and Universal Credit.

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