Senior management team

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Our senior management team runs the business on behalf of our Board.

Richard Jennings, Managing Director

Richard was appointed Managing Director in January 2017. He was previously Head of Property from October 2014 handling our capital investment and commercial activities. Before joining Castle Rock Edinvar Richard was Head of Development at East Lothian Council. Richard has strong public and private sector experience, having worked in local and central government, as well as for KPMG and PwC.

Richard has a PhD in Geomorphology from the University of Wellington and a BSc in Geography from the University of Glasgow.

Richard is a Board member of Volunteer Scotland and chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

Sandy Welsh, Head of Housing Services

Sandy became Head of Housing with Castle Rock in 1999. From 1990 to 1999 he was Housing Manager with Loreburn Housing Association. Before 1990, Sandy worked in various areas of housing management with Annandale & Eskdale Council, Edinburgh District Council and Viewpoint Housing Association. He also worked in support work with Edinburgh Council for Single Homeless.

Sandy has an MA (Honours) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies from Glasgow University. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Heather Macnaughton, Head of Community Investment

Heather is our Head of Community Investment and handles neighbourhood planning as well as leading the HR and finance teams.

Heather started her career in accountancy before moving to senior management teams at Children in Scotland and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Heather has an MBA from Heriott Watt University and a MSc in Business for Housing. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Chris Thomson, Head of Property

Chris is our Head of Property which includes our Procurment and Investment, Voids and Home Repairs teams - our in-house contractor. Chris has worked within the social housing sector for around 22 years. Before joining Castle Rock Edinvar in 2009, Chris was Operations Director at Blackwood Housing Association managing many cross functional teams.

Chris gained experience of the housing sector through time in development, housing and maintenance. Chris is a Trustee of the Crags Community Sports Centre, a community managed resource within the Southside of Edinburgh.

Chris has an BSc (Honours) in Building Engineering Management.

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