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Trust Board

Trust’s Board members agree our strategic direction and ensure our senior management team is able to run the organisation successfully. Our Board is a mix of independent and tenant members.


John Burke


I have over 40 years’ experience in many aspects of property investment management and development throughout the UK. I joined the Board as I want to share my skills with Trust as well as extend my knowledge and experience of the housing sector. I have extensive asset management experience, property development and construction expertise, analytical and lateral thinking, strategic planning, business perspective, negotiating and marketing.

Gordon Laurie

Vice Chair

I retired in 2016 having spent over 35 years in the housing sector, including 17 years as Director of a large Scottish housing association. I joined the Trust Board to share my skills and to give something back to the sector I was proud to be part of. To the Board I bring extensive housing knowledge in Scotland, management experience, the ability to think strategically, an in depth understanding of regulatory and governance requirements. I have a strong commitment to ensuring that the interests of customers are at the centre of all decision-making processes.

Doreen Inskip

Board Member

Having 25 years’ experience within the medical profession as GP Practice Manager I bring to the Board strengths in communication and the ability to build positive relationships with other Board Members. I am able to provide a service user perspective as I am also a current tenant of Trust. I joined the Board as I feel that Trust is committed to good governance and I enjoy meeting with other Board Members and sharing views.

Wendy Wilkinson

Board Member

I am a Senior Civil Servant in Scottish Government, currently head of Safer Communities Division. I believe the work of Trust is so worthwhile and I bring to the Board experience in governance matters and strategic thinking which is outcome focussed. I have expertise across government and with parliament and extensive experience in the public sector and in policy development. Most importantly I value fairness and serving the people of Scotland.

Sister Margaret Jenny Lindsay

Board Member

Having served over 27 years nursing in the NHS and 3 years for the private sector; also gained my NVQ assessor certificate in care of the elderly during my second vocation in religious life caring for such, I hope to infuse some of this experience to Trust as a Board Member.  Seeing life from a different angle (wheelchair bound since 2000 from progressive polio) I hope to support the organisation in the years ahead and provide a tenant voice to the Board as I am a current Trust tenant.

Paul McFarlane

Sub Committee Convenor

I was involved in senior management roles in sales and marketing for over 30 years. I was motivated to join the Trust Board to help people have a long and fulfilling retirement living in quality housing and receiving first class services.  The skills I bring to the Board are a fresh pair of eyes and a real focus on getting value for money. I am determined that Trust delivers excellent services and maximises the benefits of working together as a team at all levels of the organisation.

Karen Cawte

Board Member

I have enjoyed a varied career which started in hospitality moving to marketing and communication within a local authority. A few career moves within the council led me to concentrate on policy and strategy development working with many other public and third sector agencies. My current role is a Customer and Community Service Manager at a local authority. I am keen to support the work of Trust and lend my expertise in customer service delivery, performance and change management.

Desiree McLennan

Board Member

I spent my early career in South Africa working in a variety of different sectors in HR areas including transactional HR, organisational change, rewards and benefits and performance management. Having moved to Scotland in 2001, took up a role in the health and social care sector as a senior HR manager with a large independent care company. Currently, I am the Business Manager for a national Care at Home organisation. I will bring to the Board broad ranging knowledge and experience of the health and social care sector and drive to support the Executive Team in the successful achievement of their strategic plans.   

Nicky McLaughlin

Board Member

Nicky McLaughlin was previously a board member of Wishaw & District Housing Association and was involved in the transfer process to Trust. Nicky has now joined the Trust Board as one of the Wishaw & District representatives. He is also Chair of the Wishaw & District Area Committee which will be overseeing the delivery of Trust’s Tenant Promises. Nicky has qualifications in social policy, and has extensive experience in social work, higher education, and is currently work as a debt centre manager for a national charity. Currently a Trust tenant, Nicky is keen to promote tenant participation in the management and development of their homes and community, and hopes to use his strong communication & networking skills to achieved this.

Ali Ross

Board Member

Ali has spent over 30 years in the Banking sector, holding a number of Senior roles and most recently working on the Risk Agenda.  Ali joined the Trust Board in 2019 and has recently taken on the role as Vice Chair of the Audit and Performance Committee.  She brings a measured and thoughtful approach, simplifying the complex and providing clarity in decision making to ensure great customer outcomes.