Ruth Simpson - Chair
Ruth is a graduate of Glasgow University with a M.A. Hons in Medieval and Modern History and her extensive teaching careers includes 10 years as Principal Teacher of History in North Kelvinside Secondary School. Ruth served as a Councillor in Glasgow City Council from 1995-2012 and held posts including Honorary City Treasurer and Chair of Strathclyde Pension Fund. Ruth joined the WSHA Board in 2012 and became Chair on November 2015.
Elaine Davidson - Glasgow - Vice Chairperson
Elaine has been involved with the Board since 2010. She was an observer until 2013 when she became a full member. She has been chair of the Tenant Advisory Group since 2006 and got involved in the Association through a neighbour. Elaine is committed to improving services for fellow tenants.
Ann Reid - Lanarkshire
Ann has been a member of the Board since 2012. She has also been an active member of the Tenant Advisory Group since 2008 which she joined to represent her local community and help to get the best service for tenants. She is passionate about getting involved and ensuring tenants have a voice within the Association. Before retiring, Ann was a Nursing Auxiliary and now spends time as a parent helper at her local school.
Clare Newton - Ayrshire - Vice Chairperson
Clare has been a member of the Board since 2000. She was initially Chair of Strathclyde (Ayr) Housing Society and when they transferred engagements to WSHA, Clare was invited to join the committee. Clare is passionate about the need for Social Housing and was driven to get involved so that her views could be put to good use. Clare served a four year term as Chair and is a member of the Audit Committee. She also represents WSHA at EVH where she is a member of EVH executive committee and their audit and JNC sub committees.
Kelly has been a member of the WSHA Board since October 2015 and was also appointed to the Audit Committee in February 2016. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an Audit Partner with RSM in Glasgow, heading up the not-for-profit services. Kelly has been heavily involved in the housing sector as part of her career for over 15 years. Kelly joined the committee as she was looking for a varied and challenging appointment that would allow her to use her skills and expertise in accounting and finance to make a difference.
Irene has over 30 years’ experience working in social housing including a very fulfilling and productive nine years as an Area Housing Manager with WSHA in the early 1990’s.
Irene is now the CEO of Linthouse Housing Association (LHA) in South West Govan. As CEO she is responsible for implementing the strategy agreed by the Association’s voluntary Management Committee and working with her senior management team to make sure LHA delivers its plans and complies with all relevant government legislation and the standards set by the Scottish Housing Regulator.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and her qualifications include a BA in Social Administration, a postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Derek was appointed to the WSHA Board in February 2018 and joined to give something back to the communities where he grew up. An experienced senior public manager, he is currently Head of Communities and Housing at Aberdeen City Council and has a proven track record in improving health, wellbeing and quality of life in communities.
John is a WSHA tenant from North Lanarkshire and joined the Board in 2017. He is retired engineer from the manufacturing and construction industries and wants to ensure tenant's views are taken into account when making strategic decisions.
Paul is a Solicitor who currently works for Fife Council in the Litigation and Advice Team. He previously worked as a solicitor for East Lothian Council, Trainee Solicitor for City of Edinburgh Council; Vulnerable Client Caseworker at Govan Law Centre and was an Advocacy Worker for the Advocacy Project in Glasgow. In addition to his legal training he has experience in Social Housing and Private Sector Tenancies, Owner Occupation Homelessness and supporting vulnerable people including those affected by poor Mental Health and incapacity Issues. He has volunteered at CAB and a Foodbank in the North of Glasgow. He is a resident of Glasgow.
Nick is a Company Director for Nick Farrell & Company Ltd, a Surveyors & Valuers based in Glasgow. He is a qualified Surveyor and has experience in commercial and residential property as well as residential development, mixed use investment, asset management and value engineering assets and new developments. He has knowledge of Development in relation to site identification, financial appraisals and legal negotiations. He is aware of the potential for his work to overlap with that of WSHA and is conscious of his need to manage personal interest through declarations of interest and is familiar with the Code of Conduct etc. He is resident in Glasgow.
Ryan is a Learning & Development Specialist with the Wheatley Group based in Glasgow and was formally a Housing Officer with GHA. He has 14 years experience of delivering front line services. He has delivered training and coaching programmes on areas such as Universal Credit, Allocations, digital technology, and induction for Housing Staff. He is a qualified Housing professional, has knowledge of Housing Legislation and Regulatory requirements. Ryan is extremely customer focused. He is a resident of Glasgow.
George is a tenant in East Glasgow and is currently employed as a Health & Safety Officer. He is also a leader in his local church on a voluntary basis. George is passionate about his community and feels that this is an opportunity to play a key role in shaping direction and services for tenants.
Paul has been a tenant in South Glasgow for over 30 years and is currently studying for a Diploma in Writing for Business and has experience of marketing and also management experience. Paul thinks it is important that tenant’s views are part of WSHA’s decision making