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The Board of Waverley Housing has announced the appointment of Margaret Ross as its s chief executive.

Ms Ross, pictured, takes over from Robert Johnson who will be retiring in July 2011, having co-founded Waverley in 1989. Mr Johnson, a long-standing member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has been on sick leave for some time and Ms Ross has been acting chief executive.

Margaret Spalding, chair of the Hawick-based registered social landlord, said: “I am delighted Margaret Ross has agreed to take up the post. I have worked with her at board level for a number of years and she has just the right qualities and proven capabilities to take Waverley Housing forward in what promises to be an exciting time in meeting the challenges of social housing in the Borders.”

Ms Ross commented: “I am delighted to be appointed. Under the leadership of Robert Johnson, Waverley Housing is now a well-run and managed organisation, and I look forward to building on these strong foundations.

“I am totally committed to the continued success of Waverley Housing, and look forward to working closely with the members of the board, employees and partners.”

Waverley has 1,534 lettable properties, 80 per cent of which meet the quality standards set by the Scottish Government, compared to a Borders average of 44 per cent.