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Meet the Board
Albert Henderson is the current Chair having joined the Board of River Clyde Homes in April 2014, just a month after retiring from his post as Corporate Director of Education, Communities and Human Resources. Albert has spent 42 years working in the field of education; the last twenty of them in Inverclyde. He was appointed as head teacher of Notre Dame High School in 1996 before moving to become Head of Schools with Inverclyde Council and subsequently to the position of Corporate Director, a post he held for five years before retirement.
Jillian Moffat is the current Vice-Chair of the Board. Jillian is a business professional with specialist expertise in organisational development, human resource management, strategy and business planning and change management. Having spent 18 years in Scottish Enterprise in various business development, inward investment, training and strategic relationship management roles, Jillian is currently Head of Open Innovation, in the Innovation and Enterprise Directorate. Jillian is a member of Chartered Institute Personnel Development and IoD and has just recently completed her term of office as a Non Executive Director of EDAS. She has held previous Board appointments within the further education and social enterprise sectors.
Christopher McEleny was elected as a councillor in the constituency of Ward 5 Inverclyde West in May 2012. He is a time served electrician, completing his apprenticeship with Babcock Marine & Technology Group within the aerospace and shipbuilding sector. He is active within the Trades Union movement and was elected as the first ever young observer to the National Executive Council of Unite the Union. He is also currently studying at night school to complete a degree in Organisational, People, Change and Quality Management.
Elizabeth Grant is active in the local community and has, over the last 30 years, been a leader in the Girls' Brigade, and Boys' Brigade. Elizabeth is a Tenant Board Member and joined the Board in 2012.
Stephen McCabe is an elected councillor for Ward 1, Inverclyde East, and is the Leader of Inverclyde Council. He was first elected as a councillor in 1992 and is a former Convener of the Social Work and Housing Committee. Stephen was the Assistant Chief Executive of Govan Housing Association from 1997 to 2014. He was also the Association's Finance and Administration Manager. Previously Stephen worked with Paisley South Housing Association and Inverclyde District Council. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1986 with an Honours Degree in Economics. Stephen joined the Board in 2012.
Craig McGinn is a qualified solicitor and currently heads the legal department of Scottish registered energy services company. He was previously a Partner in an international law firm specialising in dealing with companies raising finance, including housing associations. He attended high school in Inverclyde and after living in Edinburgh for a number of years has now lived in Inverclyde for over ten years. Craig joined the Board in 2014.
Jenny Speck is a River Clyde Homes tenant and has lived in the Broomhill area of Greenock for the last 11 years. Now retired, she worked as a technician at National Semiconductor (Texas Instruments) for 18 years. Jenny is very active in her community on a voluntary basis and has chaired the Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association for eight years. Previously, Jenny was Chair of Wellington Allotments for 13 years and chaired the Inverclyde Child Befrienders for six years. In 2016 she was awarded the Tenant/Resident of the Year Award by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service Scotland in recognition of her outstanding work within the Greenock community and beyond.
Marilyn Beveridge joined the Board of Riverclyde Homes in 2016 after gaining 25 years housing experience before retiring in April 2015. She was Head of Housing Services at Southside Housing Association and her role included the management of the Housing Management, Maintenance, Factoring and Welfare Rights departments.
Marilyn is the current Chairperson of a Women's Aid group specifically aimed at women from the BME community who are fleeing domestic abuse or forced marriages
Tommy McVey was a Manufacturing Manager with FCI in their plants at Irvine and Gourock until 2003 and is now a self employed local businessman. Prior to becoming a Councillor he was Chair of the Greenock South West Community Council and also Secretary of the Gateside Residents Association. Tommy joins the Board as the newly elected Independent Councillor for Ward 7, Inverclyde South, representing the area where he has lived most of his life.
Graeme Brooks joined the board of River Clyde Homes in May 2017, by appointment from Inverclyde Council; having been newly elected as a Councillor by his constituents of Inverclyde North. Graeme has spent 24 years working for a Christian Youth Work charity, 16 years as Inverclyde’s youth worker and 8 years as their Scottish Director. He started his working days as a Mechanical Engineer at John G./Kvaerner Kincaid’s in Greenock, and lives with this wife and adult children in Inverclyde
Tom Ferrier is a lawyer and a partner with a leading international law firm. He has over 25 years’ experience advising on a wide variety of commercial property transactions across Scotland. Tom is a resident of Inverclyde and joined the Board in 2017
Jim Strang has been in the sector for over 30 years and has held a number of senior Local Authority posts in the west of Scotland. He has been on the Board of Barrhead Housing Association and the John Wheatley College and has been a visiting lecturer in Housing Management at Glasgow Metropolitan College. He the former Chair of the Scotland Board of the CIH Scotland, a Fellow of and the Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is also the Chief Executive of Parkhead Housing Association Ltd, an RSL based in the East End of Glasgow.