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About Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield Scotland provides sheltered housing to residents that offer their own private space but with the additional benefits of companionship, cooked meals, maintained gardens, activities, and care and support when they need it.

We seek to improve the quality of social housing for older and vulnerable adults to ensure they get the most out of life. By integrating housing with health and social care, we aim to improve the home environment and reduce demand on the care system.

Abbeyfield Scotland provides a homely environment across 14 locations in Scotland, where people can come together and are not left feeling isolated or alone. Some houses have additional volunteer networks called ‘Friends of Abbeyfield’ that organise social activities.

We put clients at the centre of everything we do. Our care at home service – Abbeyfield Care & Support, offers a person-centred approach with flexible services to meet individual needs and choices.

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, Re-elected Chair 2020, 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 – Re-elected Company Secretary 2020, 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 Belfall – Re-elected Board Member 2020.

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 – Elected Board Member 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.


Andy Shaw – Elected Board Member 2020.

Andy Shaw is a chartered accountant with over 22 years of experience providing external audit and internal audit services to organisations across the UK.  Andy is a Partner at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (‘AAB’), where he is the Head of Public Sector and Not for Profit.  Prior to joining AAB he held a senior role at KPMG LLP with a portfolio of clients in local government, central government, health, social housing, the third sector and corporate entities.  He has significant experience in financial reporting, risk management, governance and internal controls which he applies to his Board role.

Andy is also a member of Advisory Audit Boards of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the Scottish Information Commissioner.


Tom Dodd – Elected Board Member 2020.

Tom has a diverse record in change management, strategic development, and programme leadership, across the private and public sectors. Tom’s wider career reflects management of change in many disciplines, with recent focus on supporting improvements in healthcare and integrated health and care services. Tom has a particular interest in evidence-based practice, ensuring that analytical outputs are of value to business decisions, and are clear, easily interpreted and robust.

In addition, Tom has considerable experience of managing projects to redesign public services and pathways, e.g. in relation to Extra Care Housing, Health Services and in social care settings.


Neil McKay – Elected Board Member 2020.

Neil is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 30 years contracting industry experience including major building, civil engineering and regeneration projects, both in the U.K and internationally. As Managing Director of Urban Union Ltd, a Robertson Group business, Neil leads the company as its specialises in regenerating urban areas across Scotland. Founded in 2011, Urban Union creates revitalised communities through building new, high quality, affordable homes.

Neil is very interested in regeneration and community building, and consequently, how we can best serve our changing demographic through housing and care provision.

This interest in community, together with a depth of business experience are very much to the fore of the strengths Neil brings to Abbeyfield Scotland.


Geoff Hepburn – Elected Board Member 2020.

Geoff is 20 years’ qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2012 as Deputy Fund Manager responsible for the commercial property portfolios of two large pension funds.  Key requirements for this role are employing good governance, prudent financial and risk management to provide long-term, sustainable returns.  Prior to ASI, Geoff has had a varied career in asset management and property development across the UK for private property companies and institutions.

Geoff brings with him several years’ experience as a non-exec in the charity sector having served on the board of a charitable theatre company in London and Sheffield, as well as supporting the establishment of a child law charity in Edinburgh.


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.


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.