Our governing Board is responsible for agreeing the strategic direction of the Association. They are unpaid volunteers elected by our membership at our Annual General Meeting. We also appoint co-optees each year.
Current membership of the Board and further details are noted below. :
Chairperson, John Hamilton (elected as chair in 2021)
Our Governing Board Office Bearers following our 35th AGM on 7 September 2021 are:
John Hamilton, Chairperson (since 2021) – is a local resident of Neilston, current president of the East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, and a health and safety consultant. He has been on the Board since 2014 and completed a governance certificate from Napier University in March 2018.
Drew McKinney, Vice Chair (elected 2021) – is a professional member who has worked within the area in the past and within the local authority sector, holds a LLB degree and Diploma in legal practice. He was elected to the Board in September 2015
Other Board members are:
Rena McGuire BEM – Rena has been on BHA’s Board since 2006. She was chairperson from 2011-2016. She is a local resident of Barrhead, and plays a key role in other local voluntary organisations including Dunterlie Tenants Action Group, Health and Social care integration; Barrhead Community Council and Public Partnership forum. She received her BEM in January 2015 for her long service to the community of East Renfrewshire
Brian Connelly MBE – Brian has been on BHA’s Board since 2002 and has been Secretary for the majority of those years, until August 2018. He is local resident of Barrhead and has worked for the community for over 20 years receiving his MBE in 2005. He is Chair of Auchenback Active, Auchenback Tenants and residents group and on the Board of TPAS. He is a retired civil engineer.
Michael Mukhtar – is a local resident and Director of a commercial business with its base in Barrhead. He has a BSc in electronic engineering and a MBA. He has been on the Board since 2011 and is committed to working within the community.
Beth Welsh – was elected at the AGM in August 2017. Beth is Chief Executive of a credit union and has a background in housing association work having worked as a development manager on new housing projects for a large national RSL
Councillor Tony Buchanan, co-optee approved by the Board in Sept 2019. Tony is the leader of East Renfrewshire Council and brings considerable experience of the local area to our Board.
Dianne Greig is a local resident with a background in public engagement (arts & culture), research and finance. She has worked in commercial and charity sectors in business development roles and been an advocate of local community and support groups for many years
Paul McIlvenny, local to Barrhead and chief officer for IncludeMe2, a local charity involved in supporting a wide range of vulnerable people in our communities. Paul joined the Board in October 2020
Laura Mills is local to Barrhead and lived in Barrhead for many years. Laura works with Entourage events and marketing company and has supported the East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce events and activities for many years. Laura joined the Board in October 2020
Alan Glasgow has extensive senior experience in housing management with a track record in leading change and delivering excellent customer service and performance. Alan is currently Managing Director at Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and holds a post graduate diploma in Housing Studies. Elected 2021
The Governing Board sets the Association’s values and standards and monitors the extent to which we are achieving our high level aims and ambitions. It is also responsible for ensuring we fulfil our legal responsibilities and meet the expectations of our Regulators including the Scottish Housing Regulator.
There are 12 places on our Board. Board members all give their time on a voluntary basis, receiving no payment with the exception of travel expenses and some subsistence for training events. They bring considerable knowledge and expertise from a variety of different backgrounds and receive full induction when elected and make a commitment to ongoing training and development. Our Board membership is currently sitting at 100%. When a vacancy arises, we will provide further information on our skills gap and recruitment process here
Annually each Board member will receive an appraisal which will review the skills and knowledge they bring to the organisation as well as highlighting areas for continuous improvement.
Rena is awarded her British Empire Medal June 2015
Our Governing Board meets every month on a Thursday with a minimum of 9 meetings per year. We also have Audit and Risk and Staffing and Health and safety sub-groups and ad hoc working groups to oversee specific operational activities of the Association.
We are always interested to hear from potential new Board members – contact our Chairperson or our Chief Executive for a chat.
A Governing Board Summary handbook provides some further details, including a Code of Conduct which can be viewed – here. You can also view a number of Governing Board policies such as Board Members Expenses Policy; Entitlement, Payments and Benefits Policy for Governing Board members and staff Hospitality & Gifts Policy within the download section.