We currently have around 80 full-time equivalent staff who work in:
- Corporate Services & Human Resources
- Development and Regeneration Services, including our South West Govanhill team and those working for our subsidiary company, Govanhill Community Development Trust
- Director’s office
- Housing services
Our Management Team consists of five senior managers:
Director – John Quinn
John has worked in housing and regeneration for the last 20 years in a variety of different roles. These include as Partnership Manager in the Gorbals working with Glasgow Alliance with a specific responsibility for all community and social regeneration initiatives, and as Director of one of Scotland’s first Urban Regeneration Companies in Craigmillar Edinburgh.
John joined the Association as director in April 2018. He was previously employed by Aberdeen City Council where his most recent role was as Head of Land and Property Assets, which included Housing and Regeneration as well as Operational Assets and Facilities. In this role he was responsible for all of the council’s 22,000 houses and commercial properties.
John has a PhB in Philosophy, an STL Masters in Theology as well as an MSc in Personnel Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. John is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
Head of Corporate Services & HR – Alison Kevan
Alison has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years starting as a Receptionist in the then Glasgow District Council’s Drumchapel Housing office. She has worked for a variety of housing organisations – Livingston Development Corporation, Link Housing, Glasgow Housing Association and Thenue Housing – in a variety of roles covering housing, maintenance, tenant participation and corporate services. She joined Govanhill Housing Association in July 2015. She also spent some time working as an Independent Tenant Advisor for stock transfers and the development of ALMOs with Argyll & Bute, Copeland, Babergh, Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside Councils.
Alison has an MA Hons in Modern Languages and an Mphil in Housing Studies both from the University of Glasgow.
Head of Development & Regeneration Services – Ken MacDougall
Ken has worked in the housing sector for nearly 40 years. He joined the team at Govanhill Housing Association in November 1982, less than a decade after the Association was founded. Ken has a BA in Town and Country Planning from Glasgow School of Art.
Head of Finance & IT – Shannon Watson
Shannon joined Govanhill Housing Association in 2017 and has worked in housing for 14 years. Shannon is originally from South Africa where she completed her training as a chartered accountant. Her previous role was at Albyn Housing Society in Invergordon where she worked for 7 years. During this time she was responsible for raising £30 million to help them build 750 new homes. Shannon has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1999, and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1997. Shannon has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and an honours degree in Accounting Sciences.
Head of Housing & Property Services – Alan McDonald
Alan has worked in housing for over 30 years. Alan’s career has seen him work for A. D. Holmes & McDonald Chartered Architects, Ross & Cromarty District Council, Glasgow City Council, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council and East Dunbartonshire Council among others. Alan has also chaired the advisory group and members forums of Happy to Translate and participated as a committee member of WESRA and Housing Diversity. He joined Govanhill Housing Association in 1999 has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 2007. Alan is also an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland.
Alan has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies from Heriot Watt University.