Meet the Board

Weslo Housing Management is governed by a Board of 12, headed by a non-Executive Chairman. The Board is made up of 4 tenant directors, 5 wider community representatives and 3 Executive Directors forming the Executive Team, who are charged with the day-to-day running of the business.

The Board oversees the strategic direction of the organisation, meeting on a 6 weekly cycle. The Board is responsible for reviewing the strategy and performance, as well as setting operational plans and budgets. The day to day operations of the group are administered by the Chief Executive, Finance Director and Operations Director.

Jim Porter
Board Member

Jim was born in Edinburgh, lived in West Calder then moved to Torphichen. He now lives with his wife, Eileen, in Bathgate. Jim trained as a welder in the North British Steel Foundry, Bathgate before joining the Fire Brigade in 1972, where he served until 2002.

He now works as an Environmental Officer with West Lothian Council.
Jim served for six years on the Committee of Scottish Riding and Road Safety, becoming Chairman of the UK committee in 1997. Jim is a member of the Weslo Tenant Participation Committee and joined the Weslo Board in 2011. Jim has a BA (Hons) degree in Combined Social Sciences, a Certificate in Mediation and Counselling and holds a Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice.

Colin Torrie
Board Member

Colin has been a Weslo tenant since 2000. His career started in the hospitality sector, where he studied for an HND in hotel management. In 2005, Colin returned to College as a mature student gaining an HNC/SVQ3 in Social Care.

He works as a support worker assisting adults with learning difficulties. Colin has a great passion for social housing and has increased his understanding and knowledge of the sector through his work, since 2003, as a member of the Tenant Participation Group. He holds a Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice.

Kate Dewar
Chair

Kate is a practising solicitor acting in the commercial and business sector with over 20 years’ experience assisting and representing social housing clients.

Kate has acted for registered social landlords, local authorities and the Scottish Government in all aspects of social and affordable housing including governance, constitutional structures, housing supply and development and housing management.
Kate was previously a Chairperson of the Child Support Appeal Tribunal and is currently a trustee of the housing charity, The Lintel Trust, as well as a Director of Signet Accreditation Limited; a company promoting standards in the legal profession through professional qualification and a Director of Fife Housing Association's subsidiary PACT. Previously a Lawyer in private practice Kate also has a wealth of business experience and personnel management in the legal sector.

Margaret McIntyre, CIHCM
Board Member

Over the years, Margaret has worked in a number of housing associations, a local authority and in the voluntary sector. She achieved her professional qualifications in housing as a mature student after a career break to raise her family.

Margaret has served on a number of committees over the years, a school board and has been a volunteer with Citizens Advice Bureau.
She has been a member of the Weslo Board since 2009.

Mike Crozier, CIHCM
Operations Director

Mike has worked in social housing since 1976 with SSHA and Scottish Homes and was a member of the staff group which set up Weslo in 1994 to purchase the properties in West Lothian from Scottish Homes. He is currently the Operations Director.

Mike sits on Weslo’s Board and is a member of the Executive Team and has led the way in developing the company’s Human Resource policies and procedures. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Douglas Drummond
Finance Director

Douglas is a member of the original Executive Team which, in 1994, created Weslo Housing Management, the first staff-led transfer of Scottish Homes housing stock.

Since assuming the post of Finance Director, Douglas has been instrumental in sourcing investment for the many initiatives with which Weslo has been involved. Douglas has also provided a variety of services for the Registered Social Landlords and Local Authority sector and leads on consultancy services for Weslo Housing Management.

Mike Bruce, LLB, CIHCM
Chief Executive

His career has been spent in housing, starting in 1974 with Scottish Special Housing Association, moving on in 1989 to Scottish Homes when that body was formed and continuing with Weslo since its inception in 1994.

During his Weslo career, Mike has been at the forefront of many of the initiatives which have been instrumental in the growth of the company and enhanced its reputation in the housing sector. From the introduction of the company’s Flexible Tenure Scheme in the late 90’s through to the present and the Company’s venture into the private rented sector, he continues to explore opportunities in the market to grow the company and improve the service it provides to its tenants. A member of the Chartered Institute of Housing,’s UK Housing Panel , Mike is a regular presenter at housing conferences and seminars as well as a periodic contributor of published articles and commentaries on the Scottish housing environment.

Professor Peter Robson, LLB, PhD
Board Member

Peter is a Solicitor and Professor of Social Welfare Law at the University of Strathclyde. Peter has lectured at the Universities of Stirling, Glasgow, Heriot Watt and Strathclyde.

His major interests are Law and Popular Culture, Housing Law and Social Security Law. He is also the author of several books on housing law. He was previously Chair of the national housing charity Shelter and is a Part-time Judge in the Appeals Service dealing with Disability Appeals. Peter joined the Weslo Board In 1993 and has been chair since 2005.

Brenda Higgins
Board Member

Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a postgraduate Diploma in Housing Administration. In 1997 she successfully completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Glasgow University and subsequently became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Brenda began her career at an Edinburgh Housing Association in 1984 and continued to work at a senior level in housing until she retired in 2010.

Since retiring she has established her own Consultancy Service and has provided temporary support to two Housing Associations experiencing difficult governance issues.

Brenda is currently a member of the Home Ownership Housing Panel and the Private Rented Housing Panel and a trustee of a charity based in Glasgow.

From November 2012 until 2015 she was a Board member of Weslo Property Management and latterly held the position of Chairperson.