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
Shaun Smith: Chair
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. I was elected as Vice-Chair at the May 2018 Board meeting and became Chair at the August 2018 Board meeting. This was confirmed at the 2018 AGM.
Douglas Russell: Vice-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 became Chair at Albyn's August 2013 AGM, and stood down from the role at the 2018 AGM. I have instead taken on the role of Vice-Chair.
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.
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.
June Carr: Board Member
I worked in the education sector for many years, both in the public and the private sector. In 2012 I retired and moved to the Highlands to be near to my family. I was lucky to be offered an Albyn property in 2014 and also the chance to join one of the tenant participation groups. I’ve always had an interest in community work and have been involved in many charity projects in the past.
I am impressed at the way Albyn give their tenants the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of their decision making and I was co-opted onto the Board as a tenant representative on 21 November 2017. At the August 2018 Board meeting I was elected as a full Board member, and this was confirmed at the 2018 AGM.
Lisette Howlett: Board Member
I was delighted to be invited to the Board and joined as a Board Member in September 2018. My background is as an HR professional and Business Consultant, specialising in business growth, transformation and change, including people, communication, organisation development, sales and leadership. I support Albyn’s vision and strongly believe in quality housing and sustainable communities. I believe that organisations, the people working in them and the communities and stakeholders that they serve can better develop and flourish when well governed and this includes having a strong, supportive Board. I look forward to working with my colleagues to support the development and delivery of the Albyn Housing vision, mission and objectives.
Lynne Clow: Board Member
I have been an HR Director for many years working and living in many countries where you see the impact poor quality housing has on individuals, their families and the wider community. I am also a member of the Childrens Panel and believe passionately that providing the right support and environment for children means they can be anything they want to be. However the first step is often having a safe and comfortable place to live. With Albyn I believe it is about much more than just housing, it’s about building sustainable homes and communities that will let children and their families in the Highlands grow and realise their full potential. I was delighted to be appointed to Albyn's Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.