Our Board make the key decisions about the organisation and provide challenge and oversight over our staff team to ensure that all decisions and activity are in the best interests of our tenants.
Chair of the Board - Tenant
Jamila is serving her second term as our Chair and has been a Member since 2008.
A tenant board member, she is passionate about our local area and delivering our promises to our tenants. She led the organisation through a difficult period in 2021/22 and is now working with our recently appointed Chief Executive Officer to grow Homes for Life and see it flourish.
Vice Chair of the Board - Tenant
Donna is a civil servant who has worked for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for the past 20 years.
She has a health and safety background, and is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion.
Gordon was born and bred in Tranent. He served in the Royal Air Force and is a retired chef.
He has been married to Patricia for fifty three years and counting. They have three children and five grandchildren.
David is an experienced Executive Member of EVH and a Board Member for East Lothian Housing Association. He was one of HfL's original Board Members at set up in 1998.
He brings his experience as a Community Councillor and a spell as the Secretary of the East Lothian Care & Repair Charitable Trust to our Board.
Originally from the Outer Hebrides but now living in Edinburgh.
Neil is a trained quantity/building surveyor with over 20 years experience working with councils and housing associations on reactive repairs and planned maintenance. He is also trained and qualified in health and safety management including asbestos and fire safety.
Neil aims to give back some of his knowledge and experience to benefit Homes for Life.
Rob is a retired housing professional with 40 years experience working in various social housing roles, the last of those as Operations Manager for Hillcrest Homes, responsible for the management of 6,500 tenancies.
He has also previously served 12 years as a committee member of Rural Stirling Housing Association, and has served as a Scottish Housing Regulator board appointee to another Registered Social Landlord.
Debby is a dedicated housing professional with 18 years of experience delivering services to social housing tenants across the Scottish Borders.
Currently working as a Development Manager Debby is regularly involved with contract management, acquisition, appraisal, negotiation, and the delivery of quality new build homes. Key aspects of Debby’s work are to develop strategy, policy and process to ensure compliance, value for money, and business growth.
Originally from Dundee where he commenced his quantity surveyor training over 50 years ago with an East Lothian company. Subsequently moved to East Lothian where has lived over for 40 years.
Alistair is a highly experienced construction and property professional who has experience in the many sectors of the industry. New build housing has regularly featured and he has worked with several social housing providers and mainstream speculative developments both as a contractor and developer. He has extensive experience of working as an Executive Director board member and prior to retiring ran his own construction and property consultancy for over10 years.
Alistair retired after having a stroke and as part of his recovery goals he seeks voluntary opportunities to share his skillset to benefit others.
The position of Secretary is held by the Chief Executive Officer.
Chief Executive Office
Gill has more than 20 years’ experience leading the development and delivery of social housing services, with substantial experience of working in partnership with other RSL’s, Local Authorities, and Development Contractors on regeneration and new build projects.
She has a focus on improving Tenant Services, business efficiency and the Customer Journey.