Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd strengthens board with appointment of urban union managing director

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union

THE managing director of one of Scotland’s leading regeneration firms, Urban Union Ltd, has been appointed to serve on the board of social landlord, Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd.

Neil McKay, who has been at the helm of Urban Union since 2016, has been elected onto Abbeyfield’s board due to his experience and knowledge of regeneration and community building, which is central to delivering the social landlord’s current objectives.

A Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Neil brings with him over 30 years of contracting experience including major building, civil engineering and regeneration projects, both in the UK and internationally. 

Presently Neil is the Managing Director of Urban Union Ltd and is spearheading four regeneration projects across Scotland – Pennywell Living in Edinburgh, Laurieston and Pollokshaws Living in Glasgow and Muirton Living in Perth. 

At each development, the firm is committed to much more than delivering homes, but to revitalising and creating vibrant communities.

Neil’s appointment comes at an important time for Abbeyfield as it looks forward to implementing a transition programme which will widen choice for its current and future residents. Their new model of services is a flexible approach on a locality basis, working in partnership with commissioners and other providers to strengthen their offering.  Abbeyfield’s aim is to enhance the lifestyle of older people and vulnerable adults.

Karen Barr, Chief Executive (Group) of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd, commented: “The Board of Abbeyfield is very pleased to welcome Neil, who brings solid expertise and a very impressive CV, as well as such enthusiasm to the role of a governing body member. He will be an asset to Abbeyfield at such an exciting time of change, and his skills and knowledge will add to our fantastic array of professionals around our Board table. I personally very much look forward to welcoming Neil.”

Neil McKay, Managing Director at Urban Union and board member of Abbeyfield, said: “I am very pleased to be appointed to Abbeyfield Scotland’s board.  The organisation has an impressive track record of providing safe, secure, quality accommodation where older people can maintain their independence. There are a lot of synergies between Abbeyfield Scotland and Urban Union, with both organisations fully committed to the communities they serve – I am looking forward to applying my experience to help Abbeyfield Scotland fulfil its objectives and commitments.”

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