At Abbeyfield Scotland we provide safe, secure quality accommodation where older people can maintain their independence but benefit from a little help and enjoy companionship and company – when they want it.
Our residents and their families place a high value on what an Abbeyfield house offers – prestigious locations, shared spaces for dining and entertaining, good food and an active social life.
We are registered:
- as a social landlord with The Scottish Housing Regulator
- as a charity with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator
- with the Care Inspectorate for the provision of housing support services
All of these organisations set high standards which we have to meet.
Like other registered social landlords, we have members who hold a £1 share and a voluntary Board elected from among the members. The Board is responsible for directing the overall business of the organisation.
Nance Smith, Elected Chair 2019, first elected 2013.
Nance was a member of the Shadow Board setting up Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd and served on the inaugural Board from 2008 to 2011. She rejoined the Board in 2013 and was elected Company Secretary in 2014. She was Vice Chair from 2014 – 2018 and was re-elected in January 2019.
Nance’s career was in the energy industry in retail management, HR, corporate relations, public relations and public affairs.
Since her retirement she has worked in the third sector and has been a non-executive Director/Trustee of a number of charities. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Ken Robertson – Elected Company Secretary 2019, first elected 2017.
Ken has 30 years’ experience in the Scotch Whisky industry. Over 25 years with Guinness PLC, United Distillers and Diageo he worked in corporate functions, supported production operations in the UK and internationally, and undertook major projects with the world’s leading spirits brands. Since retiring Ken has continued to be involved in development projects within the Scotch Whisky industry.
His experience includes communications management for major change programmes and brand launches and specialised support on Scotch Whisky category issues. Ken was appointed to the Board of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd to strengthen the organisation’s capacity for change and transition management.
David White – Elected Board Member 2018.
David is a graduate of Edinburgh University and is currently Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust. He is a Director of 4 companies in Scotland and brings to Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd expertise in strategy, marketing and finance.
He spent most of his career with Bank of Scotland in a number of senior management roles before taking early retirement following the merger with the Halifax.
He then joined Falkirk Football Club as General Manager and led the team which turned the business round from a loss of 800,000 in 2010 to a profit of 1.25m in 2015.
David Belfall – Elected Board Member 2019.
Until 2012 David Belfall was a member of the original Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd Board which he rejoined in 2018. His mother was an Abbeyfield resident in Edinburgh.
In his professional life David was Head of the Housing Group at the Scottish Executive. Since retirement he has been a non-executive director of various Boards in the public and voluntary sectors including NHS Lothian and Care and Repair Scotland. He brings to the ASL Board knowledge and experience of the Scottish housing scene, an understanding of the role and responsibilities of RSL Boards and a keen appreciation of the Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd values and approach.
Moira Bayne – Elected Board Member 2019.
Moira has been in housing since graduating from Glasgow University in 1979. She has worked for local authorities, RSL’s as well as the 3rd sector. She has been in her current role as Chief Executive with Housing Options Scotland since 2008.
Moira is a huge supporter of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd and the work that we do and is looking forward to making a contribution to the board.
Elizabeth Roscoe – Elected Board Member 2019.
Elizabeth has been a Registered nurse for 45 years and has worked in many clinical settings. She has held the post of care home manager/Matron and Area Director. The final two years of her employment was as Managing Director of 56 Care Homes across Scotland with 3550 Residents.
Elizabeth has skills in social care, clinical care, financial, human resources, business development, health and safety, marketing, and building collaborative relationships with Regulators / NHS / Councils /Health and social care partnerships.
Calum Wilson – Elected Board Member 2019.
Calum has extensive business experience gained through a broad combination of senior management and board level roles across multiple business sectors. He has a strong track record of leading and driving several businesses within the SSE group of companies and has more recently successfully applied this experience to wider business ventures through his own company, Evolution Business Services Ltd.
The particular strengths he brings to Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd include strong leadership, communication, development of business strategy and it’s implementation, commercial development, project management and the ability to deliver challenging projects including effective stakeholder engagement and management.
Jim Pollock – Elected Board Member 2019.
Jim is a Chartered Surveyor, being a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as an RICS Registered Valuer.
Jim qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1972 and following his early career in a variety of public and private sector roles, established his own practice, McKenzie Pollock, Commercial Property Consultants, in 1983.
A former past Chairman of the Planning & Development Division of the RICS in Scotland, Jim has over 35 years’ experience as Director in his own practice, and has been a major player in the food development sector throughout Scotland and Northern England in his career, as well as providing property advice on all aspects of commercial property, including valuation, rent reviews and lease consultancy for a variety of major public and private sector clients.
Margaret Nethery – Co-optee 2020.
Margaret has considerable experience in the charity sector in marketing and fundraising. She headed up marketing and fundraising departments in various national charities and also established a presence in Scotland of UK wide charities. Her original background was in advertising and feature writing.
Margaret has served on a number of charitable boards. Since retiring Margaret continues to be actively involved as a Rotarian and is a past president of her local club.
Karen Barr, Chief Executive (Group)
Karen has extensive experience in housing, from local authority to registered social landlords, and has diversified into the care sector and teaching too. An alumna of Stirling University, she has worked across all aspects of housing to senior positions, and latterly as Chief Executive of the Abbeyfield Group.
Karen is also a qualified assessor and teacher of further education, accreditations picked up following her move into care and support within the housing sector. Karen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Institute of Directors.
Carolynn Malone, Service Manager
Carolynn has significant experience in the Scottish social & private sector in a customer service led environment. Carolynn has been instrumental in transforming Abbeyfield Scotland to meet the expectations of both the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Housing Regulator for tenant participation and engagement. Working with a team ethos along with a like-minded team who share her passion for Abbeyfield Scotland, she ensures all our tenants have secure tenure in a homely setting.
Carolynn led on engagement to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, developing partnership opportunities with Contact the Elderly (now Re-engage), and is responsible for maintaining key contacts within the 9 Health and Social Care Partnerships to promote person centred outcomes for people who choose to live with us.
Carolynn is qualified to SQA level 9 in Social Care and Management and has a Diploma in Housing Studies from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Erica Blair, Human Resources Manager
Erica has worked for Abbeyfield Scotland since 2008 and is responsible for the development and provision of a comprehensive HR management service. Erica provides HR input to developing the strategic direction of the organisation and implementation of strategic/business planning.
Erica is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has previously worked in HR roles in both the public and private sector.
Nicola Thom, Temporary Housing Manager
Nicola has worked in the housing sector for nearly 30 years, initially within local authorities and latterly within housing associations. The posts held throughout that time included all front line roles offering advice and support to customers, managing homelessness and support services and latterly as a senior manager. In 2018, Nicola established her own business offering her services on a contractual basis to meet the needs of housing organisations and their customers.
This has led Nicola to Abbeyfield Scotland where she is delighted to be working with such a committed group of people who are passionate about the high quality services offered to their customers.
Nicola is equally passionate about making a difference to the lives of the customers and communities and plans to do so by getting to know local issues and aspirations and by nurturing meaningful partnerships and working relationships with statutory agencies and the wider housing sector and stakeholders.