Julie McDowell

Portrait of Julie McDowell

Joined Board: June 2019

Experience: Julie has worked at senior level in responsible and sustainable investment for the last twenty years. Previously she practised law in both the private and public sector in New York and Washington, DC. She is an experienced non-executive Director and Chair. Julie served as a non-executive director of NHS Lothian, where she chaired the Audit & Risk Committee, was the Vice Chair of the Integrated Joint Board for health and social care in West Lothian and a board member of the Integrated Joint Board for health and social care in Midlothian.

Board Role: Chair (March 2021)
Committee Role: Member of Services Committee

Alan Boyter

Portrait of Alan Boyter Joined Board: October 2021

Experience: Alan Boyter is a senior HR/OD Director with 38 years’ experience in the Public Sector mainly the NHS.

Alan is a previous winner of the CIPD HR Director of the Year and since 2016 has managed Dignity HR Solutions Ltd. In addition, Alan is an Honorary Professor in the School of Management, Business and Social Science at the University of Dundee, a Trustee Board member and Vice Chair of Dundee Contemporary Arts, a member of the People Committee of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, and a Board member of the Cairndow Childcare Centre and Fyne Den.

Board Role:  Board Member
                                                        Committee Role: Vice Chair of People Committee

Billie Croan

Portrait of Billie Croan Joined Board: March 2022

Experience: Billie has accumulated a great deal of financial experience through a long-standing and successful career in the Sterling money market industry. From money broking to asset management, he has built large and diverse client bases for two leading money market funds. Billie has co-founded Munix Ltd, a digital platform aimed at helping Treasurers access free financial information and pricing.

Board Role: Board Member
Committee Role: Vice Chair of Audit, Performance and Finance Committee 

Linda Duncan

Portrait of Linda Duncan Joined Board: January 2021

Experience: Linda is a qualified accountant and worked at Director and Partner level in the public sector and risk management teams at Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG.  She has worked in the private sector in the United States as a Chief Financial Officer and now runs a consulting business advising clients on strategic management and governance.  Linda is an experienced non-executive Director and Chair. She served as the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Metropolitan Police Service in London. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and a trustee of Medical Research Scotland in Edinburgh.

Board Role: Board Member
Committee Role: Chair of  Audit, Performance & Finance and Vice Chair of Services Committee 

Louise Dunlop

Portrait of Louise Dunlop Joined Board: April 2018

Experience: Louise is a Senior HR professional with over 30 years experience in various sectors. Over her career Louise has held senior positions in Royal Bank of Scotland, National Australia Bank, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Digital Equipment Ltd. Her most recent role was as Interim HR Director for Police Scotland. Louise’s roles have focused heavily on leading major business transformation and enabling culture change in large organisations.

Board Role: Board Member
Committee Role: Chair of People Committee & Member of Audit, Performance and Finance Committee


Martin Hensman

Portrait of Martin Hensman Joined Board: April 2018

Experience: Martin has worked in Development and Construction for over twenty years and leads the development team at Hub South East. The bulk of his experience is gained from the delivery of large, complex, public private housing led regeneration initiatives, and Health and Education PPP infrastructure projects.

Board Role: Board Member
Committee Role: Member of Services Committee

David Melvin

Portrait of David Melvin Joined Board: March 2017

Experience: David, who is now retired, from the role as Managing Director of Cordia LLP  which is a multi service provider of care at home and facilities management to Glasgow City Council and other public bodies. He now carries out a role as a Business Mentor on behalf of The Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Enterprise and has extensive experience at a senior level of managing large diverse workforces in both the public and private sector.

Board Role: Board Member / Member of MBTC
Committee Role: Member of Services Committee and Member of People Committee


Peter Moir

Portrait of Peter Moir Joined Board: June 2019

Experience: Peter has spent 40 years working in the international oil business and has held very senior positions in offshore production, strategy development, project finance and in commercial negotiations. He has also been in charge of stakeholder engagement and joint venture governance for a complex oil field development in the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. Peter has been a non executive director for an UK AIM listed hard minerals company for 7 years.

Board Role: Board Member/ Member of MBTC
Committee Role: Chair of Peoplehood Advisory Group and Chair of Services Committee

David Tares

Portrait of David TaresJoined Board: October 2019

Experience: David is a tenant of Blackwood and has worked for Capability Scotland as a Disability Equality Trainer for over a decade. He was also a Volunteer Inspector for the Care Inspectorate for a 10-year period. David has previously presented workshops for TPAS on tenant participation engagement, and also helped develop an online compact for TPAS Wales in engaging tenants with complex needs.

David has ongoing involvement with the Scottish Government surrounding the reshaping of the social care sector, with a particular interest in procurement and commissioning, he is continuing to do work in a similar field for the Carnegie Trust which resulted from being involved in their Kindness Innovation network.

                                                        Board Role: Board Member
                                                        Committee Role: ​​​​​​Member of Services Committee and Member of People Committee


Callum Chomczuk

Portrait of Callum Chomczuk Joined Board: January 2023

Experience: Callum is the national director of CIH Scotland and has been in his current post since September 2018. Before joining CIH he worked in public affairs for the consultancy Pagoda PR and before that as a policy officer for third sector organisations and as a researcher in the Scottish Parliament. 

Board Role: Member
Committee Role: Member of Audit, Performance and Finance Committee

Tom Dodd

Tom Dodds Joined Board – January 2023

Tom has a diverse background spanning the public and private sectors, where he has successfully managed improvement programs and service integration in various sectors, including adults and children’s care services, health, housing, and environmental services.  He is currently Director of Customer Solutions at Evergreen Life, leading a multidisciplinary team to develop and deliver digital-first healthcare and wellbeing tools and services.  His previous board experience includes recent service as Company Secretary at Abbeyfield Scotland. 

Board Role: Member
Committee Role: Member of Services Committee

Andy Steel

Andy Steel Joined Board – August 2023
Andy has over 40 years’ experience in Finance, Business and Property. He started his career in Investment Management with Ivory and Sime where he worked in fund management, oil and gas investments and ultimately ran its venture capital operations. From there he moved into Corporate Finance with Deloitte, where he specialised in technology and property. In 2003 he set up his own corporate finance and property consultancy and has over the years negotiated and completed land transactions in both the public and private sector.
Board Role: Member
Committee Role: Member of Services Committee and Member of Audit, Performance & Finance Committee