Tributes paid as Cube Chair retires

Cube Housing Association's Chair, Liz Ruine, has retired after five years at the helm.

Liz Ruine

Today colleagues paid tribute to lifelong activist Liz, a Cube tenant who has lived in Castlehill, Dumbarton, for more than 20 years.

She became a board member in 1998 and was voted in as Chair in 2011, and has played a significant role in a number of Cube's milestones.

During Liz's time as Chair, Cube became one of the founding members of Wheatley Group in 2012.

Since joining Wheatley, Cube has embarked on a major house-building project which has so far seen more than 200 new affordable homes built – with plans for hundreds more in the pipeline.

It has also put plans in place to invest £40m in new homes, and has opened new offices at Maryhill Burgh Halls and in Dumbarton town centre.

In 2013, Liz was awarded the Helen McGregor Award for volunteering, and continues to volunteer in the community providing out-of-school care.

She said: "I leave Cube in good shape. I am proud that we have achieved so much as an organisation with a major investment programme and plans for new affordable homes in our communities now well under way. I would like to thank all Cube staff, tenant volunteers and board members for their support and hard work during my time as Chair."

Wheatley Group Chief Executive Martin Armstrong said: "Liz has been a great ambassador for Cube throughout her time as Chair. Her commitment to communities has been exceptional and her passion for ensuring Cube remains firmly focused on the needs of its tenants has been unwavering. She leaves a strong legacy and we all wish her the very best."

Cube Director David Mackenzie said: "Cube has flourished during Liz's time as Chair, thanks to her tireless work. Her dedication and passion have never wavered and she leaves a lasting legacy in terms of ongoing improvements across our communities. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of working with her, and we wish her all the best for the future."

Liz has been succeeded by new Cube Chair, Peter Kelly.

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Friday, October 07, 2016