PHA board

Partick Housing Association Board

Leslie Milne (Chair)


Leslie Milne

Leslie has been a member of the PHA Board since 2010, and Chair since 2014. Brought up in Partick, he graduated from Stirling University  in 1977 with a BA (Hons) in Sociology and received a Masters degree in Town Planning from Glasgow University in 1979.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  He has worked in housing for over 35 years, specialising in housing planning. He held a number of senior management positions in both local government  and housing associations. Leslie brings expertise in planning, development, housing management and housing association governance.


Annette Bonar


Annette BonarAnnette is a Service Manager in the Community Care sector with wide experience working with people, planning and delivery services, and leading staff teams. She sits on an advisory board for Save the Children Fund Home Start Project, is part of a residents’ committee and is also a volunteer fundraiser. Annette has a Dip SW SQSW, Certificate in Social Work Management, MSc in Applied Social Sciences (to certificate level) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Services Leadership. Her skills and experience lie in finance, governance, development, customer service, training, writing policies, procedures and guidance.

Margaret Burke


Margaret BurkeMargaret was born in Partick and has lived here most of her life. She is a tenant of Partick Housing Association, has chaired the Partick United Residents Group for more than a decade, is vice chair of Partick Community Council, a director of Friends of Mansfield Park and an executive director of the Tenants Information Service. Now retired, Margaret has a keen interest in environmental issues.

David Downie

David Downie

David is qualified Solicitor having graduated with an LLB (Hons) Degree and Diploma in Law from the University of Glasgow. He is Managing Director of Dunedin Energy Ltd providing specialist consultancy and legal services on utility infrastructure. Formerly a Divisional Solicitor with Scottish Power focusing on operational, property, planning and environmental matters together with all aspects of corporate governance he has private practice experience of both residential/ commercial development and real estate management. David joined the Board in June 2017 with a commitment and enthusiasm for supporting our customers and our communities.

Alastair Firth


Alastair FirthAlastair was co-opted to the PHA Board in November 2008. Now retired, he is a qualified Accountant. His career progressed through a number of commercial companies, rising to Financial Director. He worked for BT over a 25 year period and moved from financial to performance management and control of external works. Alastair is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is highly experienced in finance, planning, resourcing, project management, asset management including small civil engineering works, governance and customer service.

Alan Howie


Alan HowieAlan is a Chartered Surveyor with experience in a number of housing association developments. In 1990 he joined Scottish Amicable to manage their property investment portfolio. In 2008 he formed Keills, a property fund manager which manages pension funds who invest in property. As well as being involved in all types of property development and investment, including various structures, Keills has a subsidiary, Magarch, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Iain Mackenzie


Ian MackenzieIain was born in Glasgow (Townhead) and moved with his family to the West End in the 1960’s. He’s had a varied career after leaving Heriot Watt University (BA Commerce) in the early 70’s, culminating in over 20 years experience within the IT industry and retiring as a Regional Sales Manager with an international computer manufacturer. Throughout his career he has developed and exercised customer communication, staff and project management skills. Despite having to move regularly throughout his career he has always returned to the West End when he could, and his three children have all been educated locally. Iain, as a tenant of PHA, is excited by the opportunity of contributing time back to the community.

Yvonne MacQuarrie

Yvonne MacQuarrie

Yvonne joined the Board in June 2017 and brings a wealth of experience in senior housing roles including former Chief Executive within an RSL and Directorships in local authorities. Yvonne is local to the Partick area and is in interested in innovative ways of meeting housing needs. Her experience within the housing sector includes, housing management, business planning, governance and performance monitoring. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Most recently Yvonne has been a member of the Children’s Panel.

Janet Napthine


Janet NapthineJanet is a qualified chartered management accountant with experience of working at a senior finance and managerial level. She is currently Vice Principal at Glasgow Clyde College based at the Anniesland campus, having worked in the College sector since 2004. Janet has a wide range of experience in budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, capital projects including significant estates based works, audit, and risk management. She is also interested in a wide range of business related impacts including the use of ICT and the green agenda. She is now Chair of the Audit Committee.

Iain Nicolson


Iain is a retired chartered town planner with extensive experience working with local councils and the housing association sector. Highlights of his career include delivering the community ownership pilot projects in Glasgow, project managing an international housing conference and the Inquiry into Housing in Glasgow. More recently Iain  returned to Planning and was Head of Planning and Rural Development at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Iain is married with four children, enjoys golf, tennis and badminton as well as long walks in the country.

Helen Turner


Helen works as a paralegal for a Glasgow social enterprise which provides legal services and advice for social enterprises, charities and other third sector organisations in Scotland.  With a background in manufacturing, research & development and project management, Helen decided on a career change in 2007 and returned to university to study law.  Having lived in the West End for over twenty years Helen looks forward to supporting the community in her new role as a Board member.

Jennifer Young


Jennifer YoungJennifer is a retired civil servant. She was Head of International Trade and the Promotion of Scotland Overseas at the Scotland Office (UK Government). Latterly she was on 100% facility time as Public & Commercial Service Union Policy Manager within the Scottish Executive/Scottish Government. Both jobs demanded strong written, oral and analytical skills, advocacy and the development and implementation of policy.