Our Committee Members
Craig Burns, Chairperson
Craig joined the committee in 2018 as a way of putting something back into the community where he grew up and lives. He was elected Chair in 2022 having suceeded Paul Broadwith. He is interested in regeneration of the local area and in specific the provision of housing opportunites for the future. Craig's interests are in all aspects of the business. He comes from an engineering background within the rail transport industry where he also spent several years as a senior union delegate. Having lived and rented in Abronhill, airdrie, Glasgow and Edinburgh; Craig has first hand experience of the range of issues that come with renting in both the public/social and private housing market. He is currently studying towards a buisiness degree and hopes his knowledge and experience will be beneficial to the Housing Association in its endeavour to provide more economically sustainable and environmentally viable housing opportunities. Craig hopes that the Housing Association's aspirations can help influence investment into the area which he believes requires a major upgrade to local amenities.
Raymond Russell, Vice Chairperson
Raymond has served on the committee for five years and was elected as Vice Chairperson on 18 October 2018. Raymond joined the committee to give something back to his community and help address some of the challenges faced by the Abronhill Community. He is a retired architect with over 40 years work experience including extensvie experience within local authorities mainly on housing and social work projects.
He has also served in a variety of voluntary roles including chairing a local school board, and is a current member of a school's appeals board. Raymond was also an advisor for Young Enterprise Scotland.
Iain Smith, Secretary
Iain has served on the committee for six years and as Secretary since 2017. He has been an Abronhill tenant for over 15 years and joined the committee due to a keen interest in the work of the Association and to help build a more active community.
Iain brings a range of skills to the role including working with the public, and skills developed when working as both a youth and community worker.
Debbie has over 30 year's experience delivering excellent customer services in both the private and public sectors. She joined the committee in 2021. She has been working in social housing for over 7 years and is now employed as a Housing Officer at Elderpark Housing Association. She enjoys delivering high quality customer focused services and building relationships within communities, making people feel valued and for them to know that they are being listened to. She has sentimental links to the Abronhill community as she grew up in this area and would love to be part of the growth and improvements for tenants. Debbie is people focussed and demonstrates fairness and integrity in decisions and believes people can make a difference and have a say in their future and how they live. She is committed to supporting others to achieve equality of opportunity regardless of background. Debbie has a BA in Business Studies and a Level 4 CIH Diploma in Housing. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Previous experience of being involved in committee groups includes the position of treasurer for Denny High School Parent Teacher Association and Antonine Primary School Parent Teacher Association.
William grew up in the local area, having lived in Abronhill for around 20 years. As someone who is very aware of the importance of accessible, good quality housing he joined the committee in 2020 as a way to give back to the community.
As a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of experience, William specialises in governance, risk and control with a particular focus on finance and IT systems. He hopes to provide a fresh perspective to the committee and will advocate a people-focussed approach to delivering postive outcomes for tenants and local people.
Julie has over 25 years of social housing experience having worked in several community community based Housing Associations within housing & estate management teams. She has a Diploma in Housing Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Julie joined our committee in 2022 as she has family in the Cumbernauld area and feels it's important that local people have an opportunity to contribute their wants, needs, and aspirations to the shaping of future service delivery.
Garry joined the Committee in 2022 and brigs a wealth of financial experience to the Association. He works at yorkhill Housing Association as Finance Manager and prior to his appointment he wrked in a community based Housing Association for over 10 years.
Alison joined the Committee in 2022 after attending a Tenant Focus Group. She is a tenant of Abronhill Housing Association of many years standing.
Our Committee meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of every month in the Association office at 6.00pm. To find out more about joining the Committee please contact our office.
Copies of the minutes from the Committee meetings can be found in the document section of the website.