Our Management Committee

The Management Committee is elected from among the members at the AGM. There are up to 15 places on the Committee, which are split as follows:

  • At least 2 tenants
  • At least 2 service users (owner occupier)
  • Up to 11 from any membership category

It is possible for people to be invited to join the Committee provided co-options do not exceed one third of the number of elected members.

The Committee meets most months and sub-committees can be set up to deal with particular aspects of the Association’s affairs.

The current sub-committees are:

The Committee’s responsibilities are set out in the Standing Orders.

The Committee is responsible for the Association’s strategies and policies like housing management, maintenance, finance, employment and governance.

Committee members act in a voluntary capacity and do not receive payment for their work, only reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. They do not benefit from their position and cannot receive favourable treatment in any way – neither can their close relatives.

Serving as a Committee member is both interesting and worthwhile. Training is available for Committee members. If you are interested in becoming a Committee Member, please contact us and ask to discuss this with the Chief Executive.

Minutes of our Management Committee meetings are available here and agendas are available here.

Details of Management Committee Members’ expenses are available here.

Our Management Committee

Kathleen Mands (Chairperson)

Kathleen is a retired primary school teacher and has been a Management Committee Member since 1999 as a Tenant member. Kathleen sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Management and Asset Management and Development Sub-Committees.

Kathleen’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Ron Neave (Vice Chair)

Ron is a local resident who is active in the Community Council and on the Board of the Finmill Centre. He joined the Management Committee as an Other Category Member in September 2013, but transferred to a Service User category member in September 2015. Ron sits on the Asset Management and Development Sub-Committees.

Ron’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Andrew Black

Andrew is a Chartered Architect and has been the Managing Director of the architecture and interior design practice Andrew Black Design, for the last 15 years. He has experience working closely with clients, stakeholders and committee groups, balancing client requirements and stakeholder agendas and identifying key project drivers. He leads a design team which works in various construction sectors including high end residential, hospitality, commercial & MOD projects. Andrew joined the Management Committee in April 2019.

Andrew’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Denis Brown

Denis is a Service User Category Member who joined the Management Committee in January 2017. Denis sits on the Asset Management and Development and Audit, Finance and Risk Management Sub-Committees.

Denis’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Vicki Cutler

Vicki is a fully qualified Health and Safety professional and for the last 15 years has worked predominantly in the social housing sector as a Health and Safety Advisor and latterly as an independent consultant.  She has a wide range of knowledge and experience in respect of property compliance and has worked with social landlords throughout the UK.  Vicki relocated to rural Angus from Central England, and joined the Management Committee as an Other Category Member in September 2018.  Vicki sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Management Sub-Committee.

Vicki’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Gordon Edwards

Gordon is a qualified accountant and former Director of Resources Management at Aberdeen City Council. Gordon is currently Finance Director of a Social Care Charity in Aberdeen and is a former chair of Grampian Housing Association. Gordon was co-opted onto the Management Committees in September 2018.  Gordon is Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Management Sub-Committee.

Gordon’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Paul Hocking

Paul joined the Management Committee as an Other Category Member in September 2018 and is currently employed as an Engineering Manager by a major house builder.  As such, he has much experience of dealing with Housing Associations.  His career has covered engineering, technical, commercial and management roles in the house building industry.  Paul lives in Dundee. Paul sits on the Asset Management and Development Sub-Committee.

Paul’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.

Nile Istephan

Nile was appointed as Chief Executive of Eildon Housing Association in April 2010.  Prior to that, he held several senior roles in Scottish Homes, Communities Scotland and the Scottish Government.  Eildon Housing Association is the major provider of new build affordable housing in the Scottish Borders. The next 5 years will see a record-breaking new build programme with over 750 new homes being provided across a diverse rural region.  Nile was co-opted onto the Management Committee in October 2020

Rhona McLeod

Rhona has been Chief Executive of Trust Housing Association since 2015. Prior to that she worked in a variety of roles in the health and care sector and has experience of strategy, operations and leading programmes of change. Rhona was co-opted onto the Management Committee in September 2018.

Rhona’s most up to date declaration of interests is here.