Meet the board

You can find the Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association board members' biographies below.

´╗┐Cathy Garner PhD FSS FRSA (Chair)

Cathy was appointed to the Board in May 2012 and as the Chair in November 2013. She has been a Non-Executive Director on the Group Board of Places for People since 2011. She specialises in innovation in cities and communities and has a research and policy background in social housing, urban regeneration and school performance. As Director of Housing Management and Research at the Housing Corporation in England she was responsible for the establishment of their Innovation and Good Practice grants programme and policy development in a number of areas. As Head of Innovation at Scottish Homes she led the completion of the first ever Scottish House Condition Survey.

She retains her focus on research and innovation and is currently Executive Director of the Work Foundation and an  Independent Member to the London-Cambridge-Stansted Corridor Commission. She is a member of the Standing Selection and Monitoring Committees for the National Centres of Excellence of Canada and a Trustee of the Council on Health Research for Development in Geneva. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

Anna Evans

Anna Evans is an independent housing consultant. She provides housing research and consultancy services to local authorities, RSLs, Scottish Government and private developers. 

Anna's background is in economics and social research. She has worked in local government, Scottish homes and the corporate sector. She was a senior manager at DTZ in the affordable housing team before establishing her own consultancy business in 2008. She previously acted as a board member and was later Chair of Lorne Area Housing Association and led the merger with Port of Leith Housing Association. 

The aim of Anna's work - both as a consultant and Board member - is to make a contribution to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Scotland, and to see greater efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of housing services. She has a particular interest in improving the housing options for homeless people, and those with specific housing needs.

Julie Jackson

Julie is currently the company secretary and legal director for Miller Homes and was previously the legal director in a commercial property investment and development business. Julie has over 25 years experience as a solicitor both in-house and in private practice, having moved to Miller from leading Scottish practice, Dundas & Wilson, 10 years ago.  With a background in property development, Julie's responsibilities and interests have expanded to include risk management, corporate governance and compliance.

Stephen Oswald

Stephen joined the Castle Rock Edinvar Board in August 2013 having relocated to Edinburgh from London after a 25 year period of study and work in the property and construction industries. He was a director of Guildhouse UK between 2001 - 2012, responsible for delivering major private and public sector projects.

Stephen is passionate about creating sustainable environments that enable people to thrive and communities to flourish by considering the development process more holistically. He understands the impact that employment, housing, education, health services, social care and leisure facilities have on the general well being of individuals, families and communities.

Stephen has been involved in lobbying government about improving the integration between public services. He is also a champion for greater transparency and efficiency with regards the procurement and delivery of public projects.

David Robertson

David was appointed to the board in March 2011 and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. David trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) in Edinburgh and Toronto. He left public practice in 1994 and held a number of Managing Director and Finance Director positions in Industry over the following 15 years. In 2009 David established an independent strategic consultancy and other business advisory company providing services primarily to clients in the private and not for profit sectors. He currently serves on five other Boards and two other Audit Committees. David brings significant financial, corporate and commercial experience to the roles he performs with Castle Rock Edinvar.

Simran Soin

Simran is the Group Executive Director - Finance, at Places for People and was appointed to the Castle Rock Edinvar Board in November 2012.

Graham Waddell

Graham worked for Nationwide Building Society over a period of 32 years during which he held a number of Senior Executive positions in a range of disciplines including Retail Banking, Marketing, Customer Experience, Risk and Strategy development. His professional qualification is FCIB. He was also the Managing Director of a Nationwide subsidiary company, which was a large private landlord and property owning vehicle. His experiences include developing retailing strategies and negotiation of very large contracts. Graham is keen to utilise his experiences to improve the efficiency, risk profile and tenant experience within Castle Rock Edinvar.

Elaine Haddow

Elaine Haddow joined the board of Castle Rock Edinvar in February 2014. She is the Chair of our subsidiary - Places for People Scotland Care and Support.

Elaine has worked for the past 30 years in homelessness services in Glasgow City Council. She has over 25 years of experience in management, strategic planning and 10 years experience in tendering, commissioning and contract management.

As Commissioning & Planning Manager in Glasgow's homelessness services, Elaine was responsible for, planning new services, developing the homelessness strategy and working closely with colleagues to ensure homelessness was a major element in Glasgow's housing plan.  Over the years her involvement has been with both the voluntary sector and statutory authorities in developing a "joined up" approach to tackling homelessness particularly Glasgow's hostel closure programme.
Elaine has recently taken early retirement from Glasgow City Council.

Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott is a Director at Diageo with responsibility for Global Operational Excellence. She has a strong commercial background and significant experience of leading and developing Human Resources and more recently in procurement and supply chain management and she brings significant commercial and leadership experience to the Board. 

Alison Freshwater

Alison Freshwater is a corporate finance lawyer and is currently employed by Standard Life Investments (Real Estate Investment Team). Alison has more than 10 years' experience and has been working exclusively on real estate since 2015. 

Deirdre Robertson

Deirdre qualified as a Chartered accountant and currently runs her own consultancy and undertakes independent monitoring of the Prison Service. Deirdre has a background in the public and private sector including roles as Financial Director and continuous improvement. Deirdre has previously worked at Scottish Homes. 

John McGuigan

John is a Managing Director at Standard Life, UK and Europe and has a private and public sector background. John has extensive senior executive experience and has a solid understanding of the customer journey, having previously worked for Telefonica and been Chief Executive of NHS 24. 

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