Martin Armstrong, Chief Executive
Over the past three years, Martin has become one of the UK’s most respected public-sector leaders, having led GHA to unparalleled achievement.
Under his leadership, GHA has not only won a string of national awards and accreditations, but is set to complete - on time and within budget – Europe’s largest social housing modernisation programme. The £1.2 billion refurbishment of over 70,000 flats and houses has not only transformed Glasgow’s affordable housing, but leveraged in almost a further £1 billion to Glasgow’s and Scotland’s economy.
His 23-year career in housing, which has taken him from Surrey to Moray, culminated in him being appointed in September, 2012, as Group Chief Executive of GHA’s new parent company, Wheatley Housing Group. As well as Scotland’s largest social landlord, Wheatley, which has over 1700 employees, also comprises:
- Cube Housing Association, which rents affordable homes across the West of Scotland
- Lowther Homes, offering hundreds of mid and full-market apartments to rent from Glasgow’s West End to Leith and
- Scotland’s leading property-management company, YourPlace, with over 25,000 factored homeowners.
Mark Logan, Executive Director of Finance and Business Services
Mark, a Chartered Accountant, joined GHA in October from West of Scotland Housing Association where he worked since 2006, initially as Director of Corporate Services and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that he was Assistant Director of Housing and Regeneration at Ernst and Young for six years where he provided support to clients across the UK, including large local authorities and housing organisations. Mark, a graduate of Strathclyde University, has a wealth of experience in stock transfer and second stage transfer.
Alex McGuire, Executive Director of Development and Regeneration
Alex joined GHA in April 2008. Before rising to the role of Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, Alex was responsible for the city wide capital investment and revenue repairs and maintenance programmes. Alex came to GHA from West Lothian Council where he worked as a manager in Housing Strategy. He was also responsible for the creation and running of West Lothian Housing Partnership - which improved the choice and quality of homes available to tenants in the area.
Fanchea Kelly, Executive Director of Housing and Support Services
Fanchea, who joined GHA in 2009, has over 20 years experience in housing in Scotland. She has led senior teams in City of Edinburgh Council, North Ayrshire, and the inspection team in Communities Scotland, as well as a spell in CoSLA contributing to the Housing(Scotland) Act 2001. She has specialisms in strategy and policy development, improving service delivery, and performance management frameworks. She has also delivered successful stock transfers and community regeneration projects, and has Board experience with a number of organisations and companies.
Graham Isdale, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs
A former UK board director and managing director (Scotland) of Europe’s largest PR consultancy, Trimedia, Graham was previously instrumental in building two of the biggest independent PR companies in the UK. He has handled major crisis and issues-management assignments over the past 15 years for multi-nationals across the world, as well as FTSE 100 companies and Government and public-sector organisations, working across Europe.
Mags Lightbody, Director of Business Development and Growth
Mags joined GHA in 2003 in which time she has set up our successful furnished let service and was also the first Managing Director of our property management company, YourPlace. Before becoming Director of Business Development and Growth, Mags enjoyed spells as Area Director for housing and asset services initially for the South of Glasgow and then the West of the City.
She is expert in business reengineering and change management and successfully led transformation programmes in GHA across all core services (rent, letting, repairs, customer services) that have delivered impressive business returns and customer outcomes.