Our Board members are made up of voluntary members of the public. To become a Board member you need to be a member of our Society and can then stand for election at our Annual General Meeting. Information on becoming a member of the Society can be found at this link: Society Membership
Douglas Russell: Chair
I am a lawyer and farmer living in Fearn. I recognise the importance of good quality housing to help maintain and develop sustainable communities in the Highlands. I thought that Albyn were well positioned and very successful at what they do. I was delighted to accept their offer of a Board position when they were recruiting. I was voted on to the Board at Albyn's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in August 2011. I have been Chair since Albyn's August 2013 AGM.
Erin Grant: Vice-Chair
I am a solicitor living and working in the Inverness area. I specialise in Employment Law. I firmly believe that the Highlands is one of the best places in Scotland to live. However I recognise the challenges faced in trying to ensure community sustainability and in particular the importance of providing good quality, affordable housing to ensure that the Highlands continue to thrive. I was voted on to the Board at Albyn's Annual General Meeting in August 2013 and I became Albyn's Vice-Chair in September 2015.
Maxine Smith: Board Secretary and Board Member
I have been active in my local community since 1988, serving on parent councils, community groups and the community council. I still chair the Invergordon Environment Group, which organises the beautiful flowers that adorn Invergordon High Street. I have a varied background, having worked in the beauty industry for many years while bringing up my two, now grown up children. Originally training in Business Studies with Languages, but going on to study Counselling at Moray College and graduating with a BA in Social Science/Politics from the University of the Highlands & Islands in 2003, I find that my skill-base is useful in my Albyn role. I joined Albyn's Board in 2006, then in 2007 was elected to The Highland Council, as the SNP Councillor for the Cromarty Firth Ward, which covers Evanton, Ardross, Alness and Invergordon. I continue in this role and enjoy my Board work with Albyn, as housing is a big issue for all communities currently. I have been Albyn's Secretary since the August 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Angus McMaster: Board Member
I have lived and worked in the Highlands for the past 25 years, but my interest in housing predates that by many years. I feel Albyn Housing Society reflects my beliefs and commitment to the vital provision and custodianship of housing. With its energy and dedication to deliver the best possible housing to the Highlands, I feel I would like to participate by offering my skills. As an accountant both in practice and industry, I have built up a financial experience and it is principally this that I feel I can offer. I was asked to join Albyn's Board as a co-opted member early in 2015. I was voted on to Albyn's Board at the August 2015 Annual General Meeting.
Gavin Sinclair: Board Member
I am an Easter Ross-based former company lawyer who has over 25 years' international experience of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contracting, litigation, and dispute resolution. I have worked in Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Africa, the US, Latin America, India and the Far East. I started my career as a commercial lawyer with the Highlands & Islands Development Board before moving south to work in the oil industry. In 2005 I moved back to Scotland and have specialised in advising organisations on anti-corruption compliance. I contacted Albyn following a Board member recruitment drive in April 2011. Following an interview process I was elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in August 2011. I was Albyn's Vice-Chair from August 2013 until August 2015 when I stepped down from this role. I support the aims of Albyn and want to lend my experience to maintaining a robust and sustainable organisation which can fulfil those objectives.
Isabell McLaughlan: Board Member
I joined the Committee as it was then in 1996 following the first stock transfer in 1993 and became involved in tenant groups. I have our tenants' interests at heart, which is why I serve on the Board. I also represent individual groups at national level. I have served for a time as Board Chair.
Jim Convery: Board Member
I joined as a Board Member in 2004. My background is as a Chartered Accountant CA and Chartered Public Finance Accountant CPFA specialising in public sector audit. I was asked to join the Board to provide financial expertise. I share Albyn's vision of everyone in the Highlands being well housed within sustainable communities. I am committed to working with my Board colleagues to achieve our vision whilst helping to ensure that the Society is well governed and exercises prudent financial management.
Ian Fosbrooke: Board Member
I am an Albyn Tenant. That is why I am on the Board.
In 2005 I retired to Easter Ross in order to be close to my family. I was lucky enough to be allocated an Albyn flat and have enjoyed the security of a safe home and have benefited immensely from the ongoing asset improvement programme.
When I was asked to serve as a Tenant Representative on the Performance Committee l was very happy to make a contribution. I was delighted when this led to an invitation to join the Board and l was elected at the Annual General Meeting in September 2016.
I bring experience of Project Management gained from working Offshore and in the Construction Industry, including two years spent at Canary Wharf in London. Above all, time spent as a Pub Landlord has taught me the importance of listening.
Sandy Gracie: Board Member
I am a retired architect living in the area of Conon Bridge, Ross-shire. In my professional capacity I have worked with the Society on various developments since its inception in the late 1970s until my retirement in 2010.
I admire the Society's philosophy and objectives in providing much needed, good quality affordable housing in the Highlands, and I believe that through my own particular experience I can make a significant contribution to Albyn's exciting and innovative development.
I was elected to the Board at Albyn's Annual General Meeting in September 2016.
Shaun Smith: Board Member
I am a career banker having worked for RBS plc and Ulster Bank plc for 32 years; circa 20 of those years working in the North of Scotland as Area Manager and Regional Director. I am passionate about development of individuals, organisations and communities and have helped several social enterprise companies in the development and understanding of their common purpose leading to sustainable 5 year plans. I have lived near Nairn for over 20 years and have seen the benefit of living in the Highlands for my children. I am very keen to help find ways to support Albyn Housing Society in creating and maintaining thriving communities for all. I was delighted to accept their offer to serve as a Board member and was voted on to the Board at Albyn’s Annual General Meeting in September 2016.