Our team

Who we are

The Governing Board makes sure we meet all our legal and regulatory duties to a high standard. They also review business performance and set our strategic direction. Learn more about the Board.

The Executive Team oversees our day-to-day operations. They make sure we have plans to achieve our business objectives. They manage our work so the business performs well and develop our teams to be the best at what they do. Read about our Executive Team.

Governing Board

Our board members have vast experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. They have knowledge in areas such as finance, customer service, health and safety and more. With this, they lead and direct management towards good outcomes for customers.

All board members are unpaid volunteers. Every member sits on the Governing Board and each elected member also sits on a sub-committee.

We recognise it’s important to have board members with diverse backgrounds and experience. We welcome any local person or customer who might be interested in becoming a board member to get involved.


John Hamilton


John is a local resident of Neilston and he works as a health and safety consultant.

He has been on the Board since 2014.

He is also the president of the East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and the chair of Glasgow West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations.


Drew McKinney

Vice Chairperson

Drew is a professional member who has worked in the housing and local authority sectors. He has an LLB degree and Diploma in legal practice. He joined the Board in 2015 and became Vice Chair in 2021.

Rena McGuire

Rena McGuire BEM

Board Member

Rena joined the Board in 2006 and was chairperson between 2011 and 2016.

She lives in Barrhead and is an active member of local voluntary groups. These include Dunterlie Tenants Action Group, Health and Social care Integration, Barrhead Community Council and the local NHS 24 Public Partnership Forum.

She received her British Empire Medal in 2015 for her influence in East Renfrewshire.

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Brian Connelly MBE

Board Member

Brian became a board member in 2002. He is a retired civil engineer and lives in Barrhead. He has worked for the community for over 20 years and received an MBE for community work in 2005. He is the chair of Auchenback Active, Auchenback Tenants and Residents Group. He also serves on the Board of TPAS.

Beth Welsh

Beth Welsh

Board Member

A board member since 2017, Beth's background is building social housing. She has also been CEO of a credit union and Head of Business Development at Aberlour Children’s Charity. She is a director of Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and a partner in the Glasgow Third Sector Interface. She has an MSc in Housing Studies and is Convenor of our Development sub-committee.

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Paul McIlvenny

Board Member

Paul is the chairperson and co-founder of IncludeMe2, a local charity that supports people with a wide range of support needs. He lives in Barrhead and joined the board in October 2020.



Alan Glasgow

Board Member

Alan joined our board in 2021. He is currently Managing Director at Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership.  

He has extensive senior experience in housing management and has a postgraduate diploma in Housing Studies.

He has a track record in leading change. He also has experience of delivering excellent customer service and performance.

Lesley-Anne Junner

Lesley Anne Junner

Board Member

Lesley Anne became a board member in 2022. She has sixteen years’ experience as a senior leader in the third sector and housing sector. She is a chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She is currently Director of Ayrshire Housing.

Alan Oliver

Alan Oliver

Board Member

Alan joined the board in 2022. He lives in Barrhead and has also been a member of our subsidiary board since 2018. A chartered civil engineer, Alan works as a Senior Associate Director in transportation. Right now he is developing design guidance for cycling infrastructure in Scotland. He also provides training for industry professionals. Alan is also a volunteer mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.

Jim Whyteside

Jim Whyteside

Board Member

Jim is our newest board member having joined in 2023. He lives in East Renfrewshire and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He has over thirty-five years of experience in communications, marketing, and public affairs. He has worked in education, local government, healthcare and the heritage sectors. Recently Jim has held senior positions in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the National Trust for Scotland.

Danny Devlin

Councillor Danny Devlin

Co-opted Board Member

Danny joined our board as a co-opted member in 2022. He is an independent elected member of East Renfrewshire Council.

He has been the housing convenor at the Council since May 2017.

Deborah McVey

Deborah McVey

Board Member

Deborah joined the Board in 2022. She currently works as Senior Audit Manager in Performance & Quality at Virgin Money.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services across various roles. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She is results-orientated, has lots of energy and commitment for getting things done.

Executive Team


Lorna Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Lorna has been Chief Executive at Barrhead Housing since 2020. Her job is to make Barrhead Housing a great landlord and service provider for our customers and a great place to work and volunteer. Her goal is to create an organisation that makes local people feel supported and included within their communities.


Colin McCulloch

Director of Customer Services

Colin started in January 2023 and has over twelve years’ experience in housing. He oversees our housing management, customer contact and factoring services. Colin has a Level 5 Diploma in Housing, a qualification in Letting Agent Practice at Level 3, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


Scott Stewart

Director of Assets and Communities

Scott joined Barrhead Housing in summer 2022. Scott and his team ensure we maintain all properties to a high standard, from routine inspections to long-term investment. They are also responsible for growing our role in the community. Scott has worked in the housing sector since 2015, with previous experience in the building trade. He has a BSc degree in Construction Management and has a qualification in Domestic Energy Assessment.


Lauren Rice

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Lauren joined in April 2022, having previously worked in finance roles across the public and private sectors. She spends her time planning and managing the finances to secure good value for money. She also supports and develops employees by delivering our People and Digital strategies. Lauren qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland in 2011.