Meet the Board

Weslo Housing Management is governed by a Board of 12, headed by a non-Executive Chair. The Board is made up of three Executive Directors, who are charged with the day-to-day running of the business, and nine non-Executive Directors. Our Company Secretarial role is undertaken by TC Young Solicitors (https://www.tcyoung.co.uk)

Kate Dewar
Chair

Kate joined Weslo on the 17th of September 2012. 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.

Brenda Higgins
Board Member

Brenda joined the board on the 29th of April 2015. 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.

George Finnie
Board Member

George joined the board on the 22nd of November 2017. George qualified as an accountant in 1987 and then worked in the banking sector for over 20 years, during which time he was part of the Bank of Scotland team which funded the original stock transfer to Weslo and was subsequently the Relationship Director for Weslo for a number of years.

Previously he has worked as the Finance Manager for a Housing Association and more recently ran the Direct Investment Portfolio at Strathclyde Pension Fund, which invested in areas such as renewables, infrastructure and property.

He is now working in a variety of roles, including posts as a non-executive Director with Albion Community Power and an Advisory Committee member with Alpha Social Long Income Fund, together with other advisory and consulting opportunities.

Mike Bruce, LLB, CIHCM
Chief Executive

Mike started Weslo on the 10th of September 1992. 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.

Diana MacLean
Operations Director

Diana was appointed as Weslo’s Operations Director on the 23rd of July 2018.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, with an MSc in Housing and a MPA from the London School of Economics.

Diana has held various posts within stock transfer and national housing associations in housing management, policy, performance and business strategy. She has served on Government working groups and advisory groups and has a particular interest in policy making.

In 2009 she moved to the South East from Scotland to take up a post as strategic housing lead for New Forest District Council where she was responsible for developing the first council houses in the district in 25 years.

As the Assistant Director of Housing and Customer Services at Radian, she was responsible for a large department which included customer services, leasehold and commercial management and business analysis.

Ken Tudhope
Finance Director

Ken Tudhope was appointed as Weslo’s new Finance Director from 15 July 2019.

Ken was previously the Executive Director of Finance and Operations at the Law Society of Scotland, and prior to this was the Head of Finance at Kilmarnock based Atrium Homes, which manages over 1,000 properties for social rent.

As a former audit partner at Alexander Sloan Chartered Accountants in Glasgow, Ken has had extensive involvement in both internal and external audit of RSLs across Scotland.

Ken is currently a non-executive director of Atrium Initiatives Limited and was previously the chair of the Scottish Housing Associations Pension scheme. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a degree in political economy from Glasgow University.

Ken lives in East Kilbride and enjoys his family time with his wife and children. He is an avid supporter of his home town football club Kilmarnock FC and his other main passion is playing bass guitar in a wedding band.

Craig Torrance
Board Member

Craig joined the board on the 22nd of November 2017. Craig holds a BA in Accountancy and Finance and a PgDip in Administrative and Information Management. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Institute of Logistics and Transport and has previously held a position on the committee of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Craig began his career after University with Tarmac Construction in Wolverhampton through a sponsored graduate programme and moved on to work in housing construction as a Buyer/Estimator with Bett Homes in Stirling and Dundee. From there he took up the role of Purchasing Manager in 2007 for five years for Forth Ports Ltd who operate seven ports in the East of Scotland.

He currently holds the position of Operations Manager for the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest port where he is responsible for the day to day operations of the container terminal, general cargo operations, warehousing and landside activities

Craig also holds a trustee position within a West Lothian based charity, West Lothian Wolves Basketball Club.

Jim Green
Board Member

Jim joined the board on the 22nd of November 2017. Jim spent over 30 years as a senior housing manager before retiring. He has worked for Local Authorities in London, Glasgow and Falkirk, plus a number of housing associations. He is passionate about social housing and the role housing plays within the local community.

Lorraine Paterson
Board Member

Lorraine joined the Board on 17 July 2019 as a Community Director. She has over 20 experience in the property sector as a Sales & Marketing Director. She has worked across a wide variety of residential, mixed-use and commercial developments.

Donald Caskie
Board Member

Donald joined the board on the 5th of June 2019. As a Chartered Banker, Donald has spent over 40 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland where he undertook a variety of roles.

Donald's focus during those years was all aspects of Real Estate, both residential and commercial including investment and development. This included funding for new homes built to rent and others for sale, new student accommodation and change of use for some properties to provide housing. Other work included funding existing residential portfolios. Donald also worked closely with The Bank's Social Housing Finance And Sustainable Energy Teams.

He is keen to support his local community and joined the Weslo Board in June 2019.

Joyce Cameron
Board Member

Joyce joined the Weslo Board on 17 July 2019 as a Tenant Director. Joyce is currently a full time carer and has been in a caring role for a number of years, having completed her access to Nursing course.

For the past 15 years, Joyce has served as a Board trustee of the Broxburn Family and Community Development Centre. She is keen to support her local community and bring the tenant’s voice to the Board of Weslo.

Kenneth Redmond
Board Member

Kenneth holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1996 and an Ordinary National Certificate in Building gained in 1990.

Kenneth trained as a Civil Engineering Autocad Technician for two years before embarking on a University career which has seen him start up his own business preliminary focusing in the Research and Development sector. He is keen to support his local community and bring the tenant’s voice to the Board of Weslo. He was appointed to the Board as Tenant Director in July 2019.