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 March 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 is currently Principal at Knowledge Economy Innovations, a member of the Evidence Committee of the Scale-Up Institute; a member of the Standing Selection Committee for the National Centres of Excellence of Canada; a Trustee of the Council on Health Research and Development in Geneva, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and The Royal Society of Arts. 

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. Julie joined our board in September 2013.

Stephen Oswald

Stephen joined the Castle Rock Edinvar Board in September 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. Currently Stephen works for the Capital Projects team at Robertson Group.  

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

Andrew Winstanley

Andrew is the Group Executive Director - Finance, at Places for People and was appointed to the Castle Rock Edinvar Board in August 2017.

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. Graham joined our board in September 2013.

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. Pamela joined our board in May 2017.

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. Alison joined our board in May 2017.

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 was the Chief Executive of NHS 24. 

Ben Dale

Ben Dale joined the board in August 2017 after initially spending more than 4 years on the board of subsidiary company Places for People Scotland Ltd. Ben is a Chartered Banker currently employed by RBS as a senior manager and Head of Credit Quality Assurance, with more than 17 years experience in various risk management and real estate finance roles. He initially trained as an architect and worked in practice in Italy and the UK before taking up a career in banking in 1999. 


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