MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PROFILES – 2013
GEORGE ALEXANDER (Chair)
George has been a member of Thenue’s Management Committee since 1998 and serves on the Housing Management, Finance and Staffing, Audit and Community Regeneration Sub-Committees and is a Trustee of the Thenue Trust. In 1992 George joined Netherholm Housing Association prior to the transfer to Thenue in 1998. He currently is a member of the Netherholm Area Association Committee and has served as Chairperson. George has lived in his current house for over 30 years and is a retired Fire Fighter. George is also the 2nd member of Thenue’s Management Committee to attain a SQA Qualification in Governance of Scottish Housing Associations. George was elected Chairperson of the Association in 2012.
MARGARET VASS OBE (Vice Chair - 1)
Margaret was elected to the Management Committee in September 2006 and serves on the Housing Management, the Finance and Staffing and the Audit Sub-Committees. Margaret has taken early retirement from Glasgow Housing Association having held a number of senior positions with the association since July 2002. Prior to stock transfer Margaret was Depute Director of Housing with Glasgow City Council. For 25 years Margaret was active within the Chartered Institute of Housing both in Scotland, (Chairperson 1983-84) and in UK (president 1998-99). Margaret’s housing interests centre around proactive housing management, tenant empowerment, anti social behaviour and the prevention of homelessness. This is core business for housing organisations. She was awarded the OBE for services to housing in Glasgow in 2000 and in March 2010 received the Robina Goodlad Award for Women Achievers is Housing. Other voluntary work includes chairing her local Community Council, being a director of her local Community Development Trust and a member of her local Community Planning Forum. Gardening is Margaret’s other main interest.
OWEN STEWART (Vice Chair - 2)
Owen was elected in September 2009 and serves on the Audit and Community Regeneration Sub-Committees. He is a local tenant, an active member of the Bridgeton & Dalmarnock Area Association and served on the steering committee for the BEEP (Bridgeton Energy Efficiency Project).
Lynne has worked in housing for over 30 years, both for local authorities and housing associations, including a spell at Thenue in 1996/7. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has been Chief Executive/Director of a number of Registered Social Landlords, including Cube, Linstone and River Clyde Homes. For five years Lynne had a successful consultancy business, working for charities, local authorities and housing associations. Her current post is Chief Executive of Impact Arts, a community arts organisation based in the East End of Glasgow. She joined Thenue’s committee in September 2012and is a member of the Community Regeneration Committee.
Kitty has lived in the local area all her life. In 1986 she moved into a newly built house managed by the former Claythorn Housing Management Co-op, became a co-op member, served on their Committee for about four years, and served as Chairperson. Kitty was elected for a second period to Thenue’s Management Committee in 2008 and previously served from 2000-2005. She serves on the Housing Management and Wider Role Sub-Committees. Kitty has a particular interest in the needs of disabled people having been involved in her working life in providing training for people with learning disabilities and previously as a nursery nurse. She is also a member of the Calton Area Association Committee.
Mark has worked in housing in a variety of roles since graduating in social policy from the University of Paisley (now the University of the West of Scotland) in 2001.Mark began his career as a housing trainee for a housing association in Kent before undertaking a development role. From there he moved on to housing policy jobs - firstly for the Chartered Institute of Housing in Coventry and latterly with Glasgow Housing Association. For the past six years, Mark has been an Inspector with the Scottish Housing Regulator. From January 2013, he has been managing the delivery of the European Regional Development Fund for the Scottish Government.
Robert is currently the General Manager of a large credit union within the NHS providing a service to over 9,500 people and leads a team of eight staff. He has a background in accountancy and financial services and has worked within the public sector as an auditor on a range of housing association assignments. With such knowledge within the Credit Union sector Robert has a clear understanding of the challenges facing tenants at a time of significant change in welfare reform He has also been head of support services for a charity delivering supported accommodation and also has a specific interest in regeneration of communities which is one of the key activities of Thenue Housing.
Charlotte has contributed to community activities over many years and has served on Thenue’s Management Committee since 1996 and was Chairperson from 2002 to 2007. Charlotte also chairs the Housing Management Sub-Committee, serves on the Audit, the Finance and Staffing and the Community Regeneration Sub-Committees. Charlotte has lived in the local area for many years and is an active member of the Calton Sheltered Housing Tenants Association, especially in fund raising.
This is Jimmy’s second period serving as a member of Thenue’s Management Committee. He serves on the Housing Management and Community Regeneration Sub-Committees. Jimmy is currently involved in two resident groups within Bridgeton. The first group meet on a monthly basis and look at the overall issues that affect Bridgeton. The second group, the Bridgeton Interwar Steering Group, meet on a regular basis to focus specifically on the future of the interwar properties. Jimmy has lived locally for over 32 years and has seen the rapid decline of much needed services and facilities. Jimmy is therefore aware of the level of commitment required to ensure that he accurately represents all Glasgow East End Tenants on the Management Committee. Jimmy has a genuine wish to make his local area a better place to live, not only for his own generation but also for future generations.
Filbert was elected to Thenue’s Management Committee in 2010 and serves on the Property Services Sub-Committee. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Architecture and is a registered architect. He also holds an MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture and a PhD - both received from the University of Cambridge. His PhD was on ‘Space Planning and Energy Efficiency in Buildings: the Role of Spatial, Activity and Temporal Diversities’.
Before joining The Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2009, he worked as a Lecturer in Architecture (Environmental Design) at the University of Bath (2006-09), and as an architect at Nicholas Ray Associates, Cambridge. Between 1998 and 2001, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Nairobi, and Senior Architect at Symbion International Architects.
His research activities focus on: energy efficiency, thermal control, daylight & natural ventilation in buildings; urban sustainability; and building environmental and energy modelling. His current research explores relationships between spatial, activity, and temporal diversities; and their role on energy use at different levels – from the individual building and the user, to urban clusters, and cities. He is also developing a ‘Control System for Energy Reduction in Vacant Environments’ (ConSERVE). Current consultancy work includes developing refurbishment strategies to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of existing housing; and building performance evaluation of a Passivhaus Standard social housing development in Dunoon. The latter is funded by the Technology Strategy Board. Past research explored: ‘Urban Density and Microclimate’; ‘Daylight Design in Exhibition Spaces’; ‘Façade Design for Thermal Control in Office Buildings in the Tropics’; and ‘Building Form and Natural Ventilation’.
Derek was newly elected on to the Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting in September 2012 and serves on the Housing Management, Property Services and Community Regeneration Sub-Committees. Derek is a local resident and active within the community with Calton Area Association.
Willie was elected on to the Management Committee from 2002 to 2003 and again since September 2005. He was Vice Chair from September 2009 to September 2010 and currently serves on the Property Services, Housing Management, Finance and Staffing, and Audit Sub-Committees. Willie has lived in the local area for a long period of time having been decanted from demolished property and moved into a new house. Willie was Secretary of Bridgeton and Dalmarnock Housing Association before its transfer to Thenue and is involved in a wide range of community organisations. Willie is Thenue's 3rd Management Committee member to attain an SQA Qualification in Governance of Scottish Housing Associations.
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