Argyll Homes for All Board
Argyll Homes for All is governed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors. The Board currently have 4 independent representatives and are responsible for the strategic direction of AHFA and ensuring delivery of our aims and objectives.
I have lived in mid Argyll for the last 15 years and for the last 8 years have worked as the Home Energy Specialist in Argyll & Bute for Home Energy Scotland. I make home visits to households to advise on energy efficiency and renewables and so I am very familiar with communities and housing across the area. I also work with partners locally and that is why I joined the AHFA board in 2015.
Previously I have worked in the nuclear industry, nature conservation, local government and was very active in the Argyll schools campaign in 2010/11. I am also a trustee of my local community trust and director of Artmap Argyll.
I am a former Naval Officer who served 32 years as an Observer (Navigator) in the Fleet Air Arm; followed by 19 years as a Retired Officer in the post of Naval Resettlement Officer for Scotland based at HMNB Clyde. I was awarded an MBE for service during the Falklands Campaign. Author of ‘Flashing Blades over the Sea’, a history of RN helicopters, I maintain interests in naval aviation, the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War. A member of The Goldfish Club for aviators who have ‘ditched’ in the sea.
I joined the Board of ACHA in 2012 and have served an ‘apprenticeship’ as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and as Vice Chair. Elected as Chair of the ACHA Group in 2015. I have served as a member of the AHFA Board since its inception.
Previously an Argyll & Bute Councillor representative on the ACHA Board, I was returned as an Independent at the ACHA AGM in August 2017.
I have consistently supported ACHA since it was formed in 2006 and am pleased with its performance in the ensuing years. The quality of service and accommodation has improved dramatically over the years and with the setting up of the AHFA subsidiary a few years ago, the quality of repairs work carried out has seen a vast improvement of service and I am pleased to be on the AHFA Board to see this work continue
After a brief time working in industry and sport I spent almost 40 years in education, working as a teacher and then moving into leadership roles in middle management, Deputy Head and Headteacher in schools as well as School Improvement work with Local Authorities, Inspection of schools with the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) and finally as an Education Consultant.
Since I retired in 2014 and I have had voluntary roles with Citizens Advice, Bowel Cancer UK, Cancer Research U.K., the local Foodbank and a board of a local charity supporting people with personal needs and civil rights. During this time I was also invited to contribute to the Scottish Government’s review of education.
I joined the AHFA Board in 2017. My commitment is to work with the team to bring my experience of leadership and management in support of the development of AHFA towards continued improvement and growth. My passion and values are based on the need to ensure equality and quality for all people within a decent society. I support the commitment in AHFA to provide quality homes for all.