WSHA strengthens Board with new appointments

Shona Gallagher and Derek McGowan have been appointed as new Board members at West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA).

Both bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Board and are passionate about making a difference to tenants and communities.

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.

Shona joined the Board in early 2018 and wants to use her wealth of housing knowledge and experience to make a difference to tenants. She has a strong grounding in housing from frontline at Glasgow City Council and Maryhill Housing Association, to managerial roles at Bridgeton Dalmarnock Housing Association and Thenue Housing Association. More recently Shona has retrained and is currently an associate solicitor with DS Shaw Solicitors.

Ruth Simpson, chair of WSHA Board, said: “The Board is delighted to welcome Shona and Derek who both have an invaluable amount of knowledge and experience that will benefit WSHA. They have a genuine commitment to putting the needs of our tenants at the forefront of our decision making which will ensure we deliver services that meet the needs of our tenants and customers.”

WSHA’s Board is made up of 15 members which includes eight tenant members. It shapes the strategic direction of WSHA and the mix of tenants and external specialists ensures WSHA is clear about tenant’s priorities and has the technical knowledge to deliver them.