About Abbeyfield

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.


Irene Christie – Elected Board Member 2017, first elected 2011.

Irene was pleased to be invited to join the Abbeyfield Scotland Board because of her lifelong knowledge and interest in social care, and her personal and professional connections with the Abbeyfield Society. Irene’s relatives have lived in Abbeyfield houses.

Irene’s professional background and training in providing, managing, registering and inspecting social care provision for older people has helped her to contribute as a Board member to maintaining the values which Abbeyfield Scotland promote, and in our planning for future developments.


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.

Head of Housing Operations Karen Barr
Interim Chief Executive (Group)
Karen Barr
Service Manager Carolynn Malone
Service Manager
Carolynn Malone
HR Manager - Erica Blair
HR Manager
Erica Blair