Board of Management

Our voluntary Board Members work with our management team and staff to ensure our effective operation.

Members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting.

Gerry Boyle (Chair) - Joined 18/12/2017

Gerry is a retired primary school headteacher. He started his teaching career in the east end of Glasgow and moved to North Lorn in Argyll and Bute in 1983 to take over as headteacher of Strath of Appin Primary School.

During his time in Argyll and Bute, he was able to experience a wider role with secondments covering ICT, Co-ordinating Education Development across schools and management of the Education Capital Building programme.

He is the Chair of Appin Community Sports and Leisure Association, a charity set up to promote health and well-being in the Appin area, which built and manages the all-weather sports field in the school grounds.

Gerry joined the Board in December 2017 and is the current Chair.

Gerry Boyle, WHHA Board chair

Linda Houston (Vice Chair) - Joined 28/09/2018

Linda is a semi-retired town planner and social scientist who has worked in the field of Area Regeneration and Economic Development for over 35 years.

She was the Deputy Director of the Planning Exchange, Glasgow prior to taking up consultancy and managing several fixed term private sector led regeneration delivery programmes in central London and overseas. She also has had experience in setting up legacy Trusts and Business Improvement Districts.

She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Linda joined the Board in 2018 and is the current Vice Chair.

Linda Houston, WHHA Vice Chair

Donald Harrison - Joined 20/08/2010

Donald graduated from Glasgow university in 1970 with a BSc in Agriculture. He became a Chartered Biologist which was followed by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

His work involved providing business plans and analyses of agricultural units. He also developed an Estate Management enterprise and was the lead agricultural consultant in the Isle of Gigha buy-out. Following his retirement, he continued with some freelance consultancy until 2009 when he retired completely.

Donald has an interest in music particularly Scots trad fiddle music where he is active in tutoring and the local Fiddle Society. He is also Clerk of the Taynuilt Crofters’ Common Grazings.

Donald joined the Board in 2010.

Donald Harrison, WHHA board member

James Tolmie - Joined 01/08/2013

Jim is a Chartered Engineer and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation.

His initial 13 years of work were spent on the construction of a number of varied infrastructure projects, while the remaining 26 years were spent as a senior manager dealing mostly with the maintenance of the Roads network on the west coast of Scotland stretching from Ardfern to Achiltibuie with the attendant offshore islands including the significant landmasses of Mull and Skye.

Jim is currently Chair of the Oban and District Access Panel which deals with local issues which affect the disabled.

Jim joined the Board in 2013.

James Tolmie, WHHA board member

Jack Degnan - Joined 18/08/2016

Jack graduated from Jordanhill College, as a teacher of primary education, in 1975. He moved to Argyll and Bute in January 1982 as head teacher of Bunessan Primary School, Isle of Mull. In 1997 he was appointed head teacher of Rockfield Primary School, Oban where he spent 17 years until his retirement from education.

In his retirement he has been working as a tour guide on the Isles of Mull and Iona during the tourist season. He is also secretary of his local village hall committee and a director of South West Mull and Iona Development.

Jack joined the Board in 2016.

Mark Feinmann - Joined 28/09/2018

Mark is a retired Director in the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and was also responsible for Children’s Services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. His focus was on the aligning of Health and Social Work cultures and enabling them to jointly meet the needs of communities.

Mark led the closure of Lennox Castle, a large hospital for people with learning difficulties, working closely with Housing Associations to enable supported living options to be developed.

Mark joined the Board in 2018.

Mark Feinmann, WHHA bord member

Douglas Mackie - Joined 24/08/2012

Dougie is a retired Principal Teacher of Geography and Guidance who worked at Oban High School throughout his 35-year teaching career.

Dougie was a prominent lay activist within Scotland’s largest teacher trader union, The Educational Institute of Scotland. He was National President in 2003/4 and, prior to retiral in 2011, was the union’s salary convener and Joint Chair (teachers’ side) of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers.

Dougie was also an employers’ nominated trustee of the Institute’s Pension Fund and a Director of EIS Financial Services.

Dougie has been a board member of Link Group since December 2015.

Dougie joined the West Highland Housing Association Board in 2012.

Douglas Mackie, WHHA board member

David Sloss - Joined 04/11/2016

Davie is a retired Fire Service Group Commander. In a varied career Davie had a range of references and responsibilities including Fire Safety Enforcement, Community Education, Emergency Planning, Discipline, Personnel, Training (including secondment as an Instructor to the Fire Engineering Division of the national Fire Service College) and Recruitment.

As a senior officer in Argyll and Bute, in addition to his operational duties, he was responsible for the supervision and management of retained and volunteer units and liaison with the communities they served.

Davie is a member of Taynuilt Community Council, currently serving as its Convenor, and is actively involved in various community activities and projects.

Davie joined the Board in 2016.

David Sloss, WHHA board member

Sine MacVicar - Joined 08/08/2019

Having retired two years ago, Sine’s professional life involved her in working for 44 years in the field of Education at Dunbeg Primary School, initially as class teacher, and for the last 25 years as Head Teacher of the school.

During her time at Dunbeg Primary School, Sine’s remit consisted of managing staff as part of the whole-school team, ensuring the progress of pupils through the curriculum ensuring they achieved their full potential and building positive relationships with, and reporting to, parents. She also encouraged the school to be very much at the heart of the community and involving the children in out-of-school pursuits.

Other interests are in the guiding movement, music and she is an elder in Kilmore and Oban Old Parish church.

Sine joined the Board in 2019.

Sine MacVicar, WHHA board member

Cllr Dougie McFadzean - Joined 18/08/2022

Dougie is a local government councillor, having been elected for the first time in May 2022, and represents the Kintyre and the Islands Ward. He lives on the Isle of Islay with his wife Lorna.

Dougie is originally from East Kilbride and graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Strathclyde University. He is also a retired police officer, having served in North Lanarkshire and Argyll and Bute Divisions. Once retired he was the Co-op home delivery driver for Islay. Dougie has two grown up children, one an electrical engineer and the other a maths teacher.

Dougie joined the Board in 2022.

Cllr Dougie McFadzean, WHHA board member

David Cargill - Joined 1/12/2023

David is a housing professional currently working within the Social Housing sector.  He has experience of managing and leading teams to achieve success. His education is varied, with qualifications in Building Engineering, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Social Housing. He has a passion for Social Housing and the important way this contributes to society with emphasised importance on developing, maintaining and sustaining homes and communities that the people of the area want to live in and be part of.

David is also a keen golfer and RNLI crewmember.

David Cargill

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