Our Committee Members
Paul Broadwith, Chairperson
Paul has served on the committee for 3 years and was elected as Chairperson on 18 October 2018. Paul joined due to a strong interest in social housing, to give something back to his community and to gain experience of working on committees.
Paul is a highly experienced IT consultant who brings a wide range of business, financial and IT skills to the role. In addition, Paul also runs a national IT user group which involves organising meetings and making regular presentations.
Raymond Russell, Vice Chairperson
Raymond has served on the committee for 3 years and was elected as Vice Chairperson on 18 October 2018. Raymond joined the committee to give something back to his community and help address some of the challenges faced by the Abronhill Community. He is a retired architect with over 40 years work experience including extensvie experience within local authorities mainly on housing and social work projects.
He has also served in a variety of voluntary roles including chairing a local school board, and is a current member of a school's appeals board. Raymond was also an advisor for Young Enterprise Scotland.
Iain Smith, Secretary
Iain has served on the committee for 5 years and as Secretary since 2017. He has been an Abronhill tenant for over 15 years and joined the committee due to a keen interest in the work of the Association and to help build a more active community.
Iain brings a range of skills to the role including working with the public, and skills developed when working as both a youth and community worker.
Linda Black, Treasurer
Linda has served on the committee for over 12 years and has served 4 years as Chairperson, she has also held the position of Vice Chairperson and is currently the Treasurer. She has served on the committee during a time of major change for the Association including recruiting a new management team of senior housing experts (from Hillhead Housing Association) following the retirement of Abronhill's senior management service providers. Linda played a key role in the recruitment process which has help the Association deliver effective services for its tenants, and excellent performance results in the past few years.
Linda strives to ensure the committee works well and everyone has the opportunity to participate in the decision making process. She is also committed to build a better community within the Abronhill area and is an active member of her local church.
Craig joined the committee in 2018 as a way of putting something back into the community where he grew up and lives. He is interested in regeneration of the local area and in specific the provision of housing opportunites for the future. Craig's interests are in all aspects of the business. He comes from an engineering background within the rail transport industry where he also spent several years as a senior union delegate. Craig has first hand experience of the range of issues that come with renting in both the public/social and private housing market. He is currently studying towards a business degree and hopes his knowledge and experience will be beneficial to the housing association in its endeavour to provide more economically sustainable and environmentally viable housing opportunities. Craig hopes that the housing association's aspirations can help influence investment into the area which he believes require major upgrading in local amenities.
Mary moved to Cumbernauld in the mid 70's where she brought up her family. Some of Mary's children and their families are still residents in Abronhill.
Mary joined the committee in 2020 with a view to helping the Association's tenants ensure that they have the best care and maintenance of their property, to ensure that they have good communication with the Association and that their needs are met to the to the best of the Association's ability.
Mary has been involved in a variety of voluntary roles and has also held the postion of Social Convenor and Treasurer of her local church.
Deborah Brown (Co-optee)
Debbie has over 30 year's experience delivering excellent customer services in both the private and public sectors. She has been working in social housing for over 7 years and develops wider community engagement events as well as housing management services. She enjoys delivering high quality customer focused services and building relationships within communities, making people feel valued and for them to know that they are being listened to. She has sentimental values to the Abronhill community as she grew up in this area and would love to be part of the growth and improvements for tenants. Debbie is people focussed and demonstrates fairness and integrity in decisions and believes people can make a difference and have a say in their future and how they live. She is committed to supporting others to achieve equality of opportunity regardless of background. Debbie has a BA in Business Studies and a Level 4 CIH Diploma in Housing. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Debbie has previous experience of being involved in committee groups.
William Noon (Co-optee)
William grew up in the local area, having lived in Abronhill for around 20 years. As someone who is very aware of the importance of accessible, good quality housing he joined the committee in 2020 as a way to give back to the community.
As a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of experience, William specialises in governance, risk and control with a particular focus on finance and IT systems. He hopes to provide a fresh perspective to the committee and will advocate a people-focussed approach to delivering postive outcomes for tenants and local people.
Audrey Smith - biography to follow
Our Committee meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of every month in the Association office at 6pm. To find out more about joining the Committee please contact our office.
Copies of the minutes from the Committee meetings can be found in the document section of the website.