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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.

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 Digital Transformation Manager, following several years as a Customer and Community Service Manager with a local authority. I am keen to support the work of Trust and lend my expertise in customer service delivery, performance and change management.

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.

David Knight

Board Member

David Knight brings years of experience from Divisional and Regional Managing Director roles in the housing sector, running a number of large building companies. Served as Board member for Homes for Scotland and the National House Building Council. Key expertise in Asset Management, Business Strategy, Leadership, Governance, Performance and Internal Controls.

Ian Gunning

Board Member

Current Vice Chair of the Wishaw & District Local Area Committee. Ian brings key skills in the areas of economics, customer services and IT strategy, as well as experience in change management and performance. Ian is accredited with BCS (British Computer Society) Professional Membership and served on the Management Committee of the Wishaw & District Housing Association. Trust made a commitment to Wishaw & District tenants as part of our Tenant Promises during the partnership, that we could have two Wishaw & District representatives on the Trust Board. Alongside Nicky McLaughlin, Ian provides this represenation on the Board. 

Norval Bryson

Board Member

Qualified Actuary with expertise from Managing Director and Finance Director positions. Key skills in accounting, actuarial, internal audit, strategic planning and corporate development. Extensive experience serving at Board level: Norval was a member of St. Andrews University Court, served on the Investors Trust for the Church of Scotland and was appointed by the Chancellor as an external member of one of the three Bank of England Committees. Most recently, Norval served as Chair of the St. Columbas Hospice Board. 

Kyle Ruparelia

Board Member

Qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS) working as a Regional Finance Director at CALA Homes, bringing key expertise to the Board in financial planning & control, data analysis, strategy development and supporting positive business change. Kyle is passionate about helping others and lending his skills to an organisation that truly makes a difference in what they do.