Link's senior management team, comprising the chief executive and eight directors, has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Link group.
The remit of the senior team includes:
- Managing approved budgets
- Approving, implementing and monitoring policies
- Developing and maximising staff potential
- Monitoring and improving Link's systems of internal controls and procedures
- Evaluating opportunities for growth
- Achieving Key Performance Indicators as set out in Link's Business Plan
- Ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements
Group leadership team
- Jon Turner
Jon was appointed chief executive of Link Group Ltd in January 2019.
He is responsible for leading the delivery of Link’s strategic vision through a range of services across the Link group of companies, which serves more than 15,000 customers across Scotland.
Jon has extensive housing experience, having held roles ranging from financial advisory services to bank and equity investments.
Jon has also worked with several central and local government bodies involved in large scale infrastructure programmes.
- Colin Culross
Colin joined Link in 2007 and is the group commercial director. His role covers five management teams and over 185 staff.
His areas of responsibility include the delivery of Link’s development programme, managing housing stock and property assets, delivery of commercial activities and the provision of the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy and LIFT schemes.
Colin is the senior reporting officer to the Link Property Board and provides direct reporting to Link's Group Board on matters of new housing development, asset management/maintenance and commercial activity.
He also ensures ongoing financial viability via annual budget setting and monitoring for development, asset management, commercial services and Link Property.
- Neil Hall
Neil is Link’s group director of corporate services. He has over 40 years’ service with Link.
Neil is responsible for services teams within Link Group including Governance, Finance, Strategy & Business Support, Corporate Services, HR, ICT&D
He is also Link’s company secretary and responsible for board servicing, governance, assurance, risk management and audit.
Neil has served on as trustee of a housing charitable trust, board member of other housing associations and as treasurer for a number of voluntary organisations.
- Sarah Smith
Sarah started with Link in 2014 as the group director of communities. She has over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, including 17 years at a senior management level.
Leading the group's communities strand, Sarah is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of high-quality housing, care, support and employability services.
Business improvement team
- Elinor Taggart
Elinor is Link's head of development.
- Helen Bayne
Helen started with Link in 2007 as the director of human resources. Her post also encompasses strategy and business support and learning and development.
Helen’s key areas of responsibility are to ensure Link’s HR strategy services are delivered in line with good practice and deliver a range of strategy and business support activities.
The diverse activities from Helen’s teams result in a range of outputs including Link Group's business plan, publications and accreditations.
Helen currently chairs the equality, diversity and inclusion group and health and safety committee as part of her remit.
- David Mackenzie
David is Link Housing's managing director, having previously held a variety of senior roles across the housing sector.
His role involves ensuring tenants and customers receive the highest standard of service in the management of Link's properties, tenancies and estates.
He is also responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of housing services and advice teams, leading cross-group working on housing issues and working with local and national government to develop housing services.
- Ken Fox
Ken is Link's director of digital services and brings his expertise to support Link’s future ambitions and to deliver on the organisation’s digital strategy.
- Lee Williamson
Lee is head of services and development.
- Lesley McInnes
Lesley is the chief executive of West Highland Housing Association, having joined in 2006. She has previously worked in housing and government roles across Scotland.
Lesley is committed to working collaboratively with strategic and community organisations, and much of the work West Highland does is in smaller communities where the provision of housing makes an economic and social impact for good.
She is a member of several local boards, including Arklet Housing Association
- Lorna Cameron
Lorna is Horizon Housing Association's chief executive.
Her role involves ensuring tenants and customers receive the highest standard of service in the management of Horizon's properties, tenancies and estates.
She is also responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of Horizon's housing services.
- Lorna Dunsmore
Lorna is head of private sector initiatives.
- Lynne Griffin
Lynne joined Larkfield Housing Association in 1997 and held various housing management roles prior to becoming area manager in 2007.
She is responsible for Larkfield’s strategy and business plan and the development and effective delivery of Larkfield’s housing management and maintenance services.
Lynne is also a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
- Nick Pollard
As Link's financial director, Nick is responsible for Link’s financial affairs, raising funding for our development programme and managing the group’s finance function, ICT&D and corporate services teams.
Nick has substantial finance and housing association experience with 14 years of banking knowledge, combined with a further 14 years of work in social housing as a consultant, regulator and finance director.
- Rab Stevenson
Rab is head of repairs.