Board and management

Link Group Ltd is governed by a voluntary Board of Management voted for at its annual general meeting each year.

The Board meets bimonthly and sets Link’s direction. Some of the board's functions are:
  • Borrowing and investing funds
  • Approving policies
  • Approving Link's development programme
  • Approving annual plans, accounts and budgets
  • Considering and approving new ideas
  • Appointing board/committee members
  • Approving the appointment of the chief executive and directors

Why Link?

Link is one of Scotland's largest providers of affordable homes, but, our services go far beyond providing a house.

We work with people and communities to ensure they have the support and services they need to live full and happy lives.

   

Meet the Link Group Board

Pamela Woodburn - Chair

Pamela Woodburn

I am Chair of the Link Group Board and have worked in senior leadership roles in both strategic and operational roles in non-executive and executive positions. During my career I have held high ranking positions in several sectors including in housing, economic development, and international development as well in higher education.

I have significant governance experience gained over the last 25 years including being chair of a housing association, Home Scotland and served on its parent Board, the Home Group and more recently as a Board member of the charity, LAR Housing Trust. Outside of housing I am currently Chair of the Court of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and have worked internationally to support social enterprises.         

Earlier in my career I was Senior Director with the Government Agency, Scottish Enterprise and prior to that worked for Scottish Homes. 

I joined the Board in May 2022. 

Paul Kerr - Vice Chair

Paul Kerr

I am a vice chair of the Link Group Board and also Chair Link’s commercial subsidiary C~urb, (pronounced curb) who harness Link’s highly successful development, management, and maintenance activities to deliver commercial success while creating sustainable communities.

I am a chartered Chemical Engineer with over 33 years’ experience in Scotland’s water industry including international assignments, as per Scottish Government’s hydronation strategic ambitions.

During that time, I have worked across many areas such as Asset Management, Customer Service, Business & Digital Transformation, Operations, Capital Investment & Procurement and Commercial services.

I am currently the Managing Director of Scottish Water Horizons, the commercial arm of Scottish Water, responsible for identifying, developing, and delivering innovative, profitable, and sustainable opportunities from Scottish Water’s assets.

I joined the Board in May 2021.

 

Christopher Allan

I am a partner in one of Scotland’s largest law firms, specialising in Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance.  I have acted for registered social landlord clients for almost 15 years, advising them on a wide range of requirements, primarily finance and related issues.

I am dual-qualified in both Scotland and England and Wales; and hold the Securities and Investments Institute’s Certificate in Corporate Finance.

In addition to the Link Group voluntary board, I sit on the voluntary board of a charity which operates a wide range of sports and fitness centres throughout the Perth and Kinross area.

I joined the board in October 2016.

Caroline Cuthbertson

Caroline Cuthbertson

I am currently leading a masterplan process for a large sustainable development in west Edinburgh. Prior to taking this role, I worked in corporate banking for almost 30 years across a variety of roles, including the relationship bank, restructuring, risk management, MBO and acquisition funding.


I have undertaken leadership roles for more than 15 years, leading large and small teams across Scotland and in the North of England.


I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS), and have an MBA and I am a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers. I am a member of ICAS regional committee and I am a member of the Institute of Directors.


I bring a wide variety of experience but, in particular, corporate finance, risk management and people retention and development. I am a Pro Bono volunteer for Inspiring Scotland, in addition to a Board Member for PAS Scotland (Planning Aid Scotland) and Vice Chair for LinkLiving Ltd.


I joined the board in November 2018.

Shona Blackhall

I am a tenant from central Falkirk and Chairperson of the Grahamston Link Tenants and Residents Association, one of Link’s registered tenant organisations. The group works with Link to improve the local area, hold community events and encourage local people to respond to housing policy consultations. 

In addition, I was previously a member of Link’s Tenant Scrutiny Panel, which has a formal role to play in measuring Link’s performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter outcomes and making recommendations for improving housing services.

I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and affiliate member of the Royal College of Organists and I work on a self-employed basis as a deputy organist playing at various churches. 

I also attend various classes at Link Academy. 

I joined the Board in January 2021

Bob McDougall

Bob McDougall

I am Chair of Horizon Housing Association and have been a member of the Horizon Board since 2015 and Chair since 2019.

I have worked in Social Housing for 40 years, with experience covering Local Authorities (both urban and rural), New Towns, and Housing Associations. 

I joined the Board in November 2022

Gerry Boyle

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Gerry is a retired primary school headteacher. He started his teaching career in the east end of Glasgow and moved to North Lorn in Argyll and Bute in 1983 to take over as headteacher of Strath of Appin Primary School.

During his time in Argyll and Bute, he was able to experience a wider role with secondments covering ICT, Co-ordinating Education Development across schools and management of the Education Capital Building programme.

He is the Chair of Appin Community Sports and Leisure Association, a charity set up to promote health and well-being in the Appin area, which built and manages the all-weather sports field in the school grounds.

Gerry is the current Chair of West Highland Housing Association's board of management.

Dr Julio Bros-Williamson

Dr Julio Bros-Williamson

I am a Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in Net-Zero Buildings at the Institute of Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) part of the School of Engineering (SoE) at the University of Edinburgh.

My research interests are the impact of climate change, housing energy efficiency and building envelope performance. I am an Architect, with 15 years of industry and academic experience and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient Building and a PhD in Building Energy Performance.

In 2010 I became a Director and Board member of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) and became its Treasurer from 2015 to 2018.

I have a passion for healthy and low-carbon housing and hope to contribute to the discussions for reaching net-zero performance of housing stock in Scotland. 

I joined the Board in May 2023

Michael Leslie

Michael Leslie

I am a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with over 25 years’ experience in mid-market corporate finance and financial risk. Since 2008, I have worked for leading global treasury and financial risk consultancy Chatham Financial. I specialise in debt advisory, debt-related hedging and derivatives, advising a wide range of clients but primarily covering the real estate and social infrastructure sectors. Chatham is employed-owned and our values align with social and community impact. 

Prior to this role I worked in M&A advisory and Transaction Services with Ernst & Young and Deloitte. I hold an Executive MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School.

I have worked extensively in an advisory capacity within the social housing sector throughout the UK. This includes debt raising and restructuring in the banking and capital markets (both private placements and public bonds); derivatives and risk management; mergers and amalgamations; and treasury strategy and governance. I have also undertaken treasury reviews on behalf of, and prepared derivatives guidance for, the Scottish Housing Regulator. I bring current knowledge and experience of the financial and capital markets as they impact both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. 

I joined the Board in May 2023.

Mags Lightbody

Mags Lightbody

I am a highly experienced housing and change management professional. 

Until 2013, I was Group Director of Business Development and Growth for GHA, then the Wheatley Group, the largest housing organisation in Scotland.  During my time there, I led the successful change management programmes which turned around the fortunes of Glasgow Housing Association, the founding member of the Wheatley Group. 

Subsequently, I was Acting Chief Executive of the 90,000 home Northern Ireland Housing Executive for 2 years, leading the successful turnaround of the organisation. 

Since 2015, I have led my own very successful consultancy business, providing interim lead officer/ statutory manager services, executive coaching, and other strategic support with transformational change to a wide range of housing and health sector clients.

I joined the Board in May 2023

Stuart Heatley

I joined the Link Group as Non-Executive Director in July 2023. Enabling people access to affordable housing is an absolute necessity which is close to my heart.

I am also a Mentor for MCR Pathways, a mentoring programme with the vision for all young people to experience equality of education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances.

I have worked in a variety of Financial Services roles for nearly 40 years; the day-job now is Managing Director of Capita Pension Solutions Limited. We create and implement resilient and responsible pension strategies to help people look forward to a more secure financial future. We've been looking after people's pensions for nearly 50 years, across pension schemes of all shapes and sizes.

What makes me tick? Unlocking and developing talent, business capability, markets, and business potential - delivering transformation of top and bottom line through seeing opportunity, providing leadership, strategic planning, and development and importantly, execution.

Ultimately, I believe that Employee Wellbeing underpins overall positive client delivery and therefore Business Wellbeing. Engaged employees help to deliver the extra mile generating happy clients with positive reference which in turn generates new client growth and opens opportunities for the teams. To me this virtuous cycle is core to a sustainable, successful business and a business strategy with too much focus on cost alone ignores the positive benefits of engaged employees and inspirational experienced leadership.

Peter Matthews

Peter joined the Link Group Board in November 2023.

 

How to become a board member

When recruiting for new board (governing body) members, we will request interested individuals send us a CV and short covering letter.

For more information please visit  the Join our Board page.

 

How to become a Link member

We also want to engage with people from the communities we serve, who are interested in helping us to achieve our objectives, to become members.

If you are a Link tenant and are interested in finding out more and applying to be a member, please visit our member's page.

 

Our successes and performance

Each year we produce a video outlining our successes and performance. Below you can watch the most recent video:

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