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 most 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 Director of PACT Enterprises Limited, the subsidiary company of Fife Housing Association Limited. Previously a lawyer in private practice Kate also has a wealth of business experience and management in the legal sector.

Brenda Higgins
Board Member

Brenda joined the Board on the 29 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.
On retiring she has established her own Consultancy Service and has provided temporary support to two Housing Associations experiencing difficult governance issues. She has also acted in a voluntary capacity as a Board member at several housing associations where governance issues had been identified.

Brenda was also 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 she has been Board member of Weslo Initiatives and currently holds 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.

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.

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.

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.

Eileen Porter
Board Member

Eileen joined the Weslo Board on 25 March 2020. Eileen has lived in a Weslo home for the past 14 years and takes a keen interest in how Weslo works as a social housing provider.

Eileen holds an HNC in Working with Communities and holds a Chartered Institute of Housing Level 2 Certificate in Housing. Having previously served nine years as a Board member, July 2017 saw Eileen stand down from the Board to use her experience and skills to support the inception of the new Weslo Tenant Scrutiny Group. She was delighted to be part of this group and work with her fellow tenants to shape the way Weslo operates, suggesting improvements to the services offered. Eileen is passionate about promoting the views of Tenants at the Weslo Housing Management Board meetings. Eileen is delighted to be appointed for a short term to the Weslo Board.