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Gemma Connell

Neighbourhood Officer

I joined the team at Caledonia Housing Association in November 2022 and am based in the Cordale Office.  It has been a brilliant year so far as Neighbourhood Officer in the Renton area, meeting the tenants and working with the staff in our office.  I have worked in social housing for nearly 7 years in various roles, allowing me to get a better understanding of the sector and the need for social housing and the variety of support organisations can bring to its communities.

As a Neighbourhood Officer, I see first hand the challenges that individuals are facing, my aim is always to support my tenants the best I can with maintaining their tenancy and signpost where appropriate to help with other matters.  Within the role there is great satisfaction when you see an impact or difference has been made.

Mark Coulthard

Business Support Team Leader

I have worked in Housing for over 25 years and started my Caledonia journey 10 years ago as a neighbourhood officer in Perth, then I moved into the sustainment team covering rent arrears.   Following a restructure, I was fortunate enough to gain a promotion to the Business Support Team Leader which involved setting up the new Business support team.  In 2021 I was seconded to the role of Change Manager, where I was looking at our retirement and very sheltered business models.   

Throughout my 10 years with Caledonia they have invested in me through training courses and recognised qualifications and they also encourage growth from the current workforce to move into other roles. I feel that Caledonia is the perfect fit and size for me to continue my working life in housing.  I would strongly recommend anyone who is looking for a career in a forward-thinking company that looks to put staff 1st, whether looking for a promotion or starting their career journey to consider working for Caledonia Housing Association.

Laura Winters

Retirement Scheme Manager

I have been working for Caledonia since 2017 and started in the role of a home help as I loved the idea of making a difference to older people’s livesI settled in very well with my colleague’s and gained my own customers and formed some lovely professional relationships with my them In this role I had external customers, with no Caledonia tenants, however during Covid restrictions my role changed and I was based in a retirement schemeThis was a real learning opportunity for me and I learnt lots about how Caledonia housing works and how all the teams work together. I learnt the importance of building trust with our tenants, as well as keeping the scheme looking good and safe in those worrying timesThis change made me decide that I liked scheme life and I enquired about some training to further my education in housing. I was lucky enough to be accepted for the Chartered Housing Institute and gain my Level 2 in Housing Practice. I was supported to complete the course by my manager and mentors who gave me guidance and reassurance. Fortunately, it all paid off and I now manage two schemes for Caledonia and I love my job; there is never a dull moment and every day is still a school day. I think in housing there will always be learning and lots of opportunity’s, without Caledonia giving me the opportunity to gain further qualifications I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Lindsay Honeyman

Neighbourhood Officer

I have worked for Caledonia Housing Association since 2012 when I joined the Customer Solutions Team as a Customer Solutions Advisor.  This involved taking front line queries by phone, email and letter and was a great way of learning about the various aspects of Caledonia and getting to know our customers.  After eight years, I joined the Business Support Team in an admin role and, last year, I was appointed as Neighbourhood Officer for properties in Perth, Scone and Bridge of Earn in a secondment position for maternity cover.  After studying for and gaining my Level 3 qualification in Housing Advice & Practice last year, I’m delighted to be starting the next chapter of my career with Caledonia in a permanent Neighbourhood Officer role within Perthshire and feel that the experience I have gained through my previous roles will stand me in good stead.    I very much enjoy working for Caledonia and feel that, in these challenging times, we are in prime position to make a difference in a people’s lives by putting our customers first.  There is a real team spirit within the organisation and recent times have seen us pull together to help support our customers and colleagues and I look forward to continuing to be part of the work Caledonia does in my new role

Jen Kiddie

Health and Safety Officer

I joined Caledonia in April 2016 as Business Services Assistant.  My duties included providing administration support to the Health & Safety Officer, Marketing & Communications Officer, staffing reception and being responsible for incoming and outgoing mail.  As I grew into my role, I became involved with reporting on the Organisation’s complaints performance as well as providing training sessions to staff on how to log complaints on QL. I also represented Caledonia at the Complaint Handlers Network for Registered Social Landlords.  When a secondment opportunity arose for the post of Business Services Officer, I was able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience I had gained as Business Services Assistant and was successful in applying for the role.  Once the secondment ended, I provided assistance on several health and safety tasks. To support my development Caledonia funded me to achieve qualifications, such as IOSH Managing Safely, Level 2 in COSHH Risk Assessments, Emergency First Aid at Work and Elementary Food Hygiene.  In July 2020, I was successful in achieving the secondment Health & Safety Officer which was made permanent in April 2021. After being in the role for two years, Caledonia demonstrated further investment and belief in me by funding my NEBOSH qualification. This qualification has now boosted my confidence and increased my knowledge and understanding of health & safety in the housing sector.  Even though I come from a family of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers, a career in Health & Safety never crossed my mind.  However, thanks to the investment, internal opportunities, encouragement and support from Caledonia and my Managers, I definitely feel that this is the right path for me.

Reece Milligan

ICT Team Leader

I have worked for Caledonia since June 2022 after leaving another housing association to seek a new challenge. Six months after I joined the ICT Team Leader post was created which I quickly applied for. I was successful in getting this promotion proving to me that Caledonia valued my skills and knowledge and was willing to help me take the next step in my career.  Throughout my time at Caledonia they have shown me time and time again that they put their employees first, from the health and wellbeing benefits to the agile working policy, it’s just a great place to work! I look forward to continuing my career with Caledonia and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to work for a progressive and generous company

Gill Donoghue

Strategy and Improvement Manager

I’ve worked in social housing for over 25 years, in various housing management roles and in housing and support services, joining Servite in 2007 as Housing Manager which merged to become Caledonia Housing Association in 2011.  From 2014 I was Head of Support Services where I lead on modernising and remodelling our services to Older People due to changes in funding.  Since 2019 I’ve been the Strategy and Improvement Manager which is a new role created as part of Caledonia’s business transformation programme ‘Customer First’.  The key aim of the role is to support business improvement activity across the organisation and to develop our digital offer to tenants, primarily through Caledonia’s customer self-service app Connect and to enhance staff mobile working.  My team also provides data insights on performance and services that supports data driven decision making.  I recently completed a Project Management Course at Stirling University as Caledonia is always keen to support our learning and development, no matter what stage you are at in your career.  I’m passionate about being able to deliver business and service improvements to colleagues and customers that fit our strategic aim of providing ‘Homes and Services that make life better’