Strategic and organisational functions
Overall leadership and management of Hanover, including:
- Determining our strategy;
- Approving our strategic business plan and its annual review and related performance reporting arrangements, including customer service and quality standards;
- Determining our strategic attitude to risk, including the acceptable degree of risk tolerance and identification of strategic risk-related objectives;
- Ensuring the maintenance of a sound system of internal control and risk management;
- Maintaining an overview of the resourcing of our activities;
- Overall responsibility for our organisational structure; and
- Overall responsibility for compliance with Health and Safety legislation.
Regulation and financial reporting and controls
- Overall responsibility for our financial strategy.
- Approval of the annual financial statements.
- Approval of the annual operating and capital expenditure budgets.
- Approval of the annual return on the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
- An overview of regulatory engagement, including the Annual Assurance Statements which are part of the new regulatory framework.
Mike has over 30 years’ experience working in health, housing and social care. Before retiring in 2011 he was Director of the Joint Improvement Team in the Scottish Government.
Mike has been chair of Hanover since July 2014.
Cathie studied Accountancy and Marketing at Strathclyde University and presently works for Angus Council.
Jo has worked for over 15 years in HR leadership and organisational change in consulting, technology and financial services organisations. Jo is currently working as an interim Deputy Director of HR at the University of Edinburgh and sits on the Development Advisory Group for a mental health charity.
Margaret is employed by the Scottish Government leading the national programme to drive adoption of new technology to transfer health and social care. She is responsible for the national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland.
James is Head of Solutions at the Royal Bank of Scotland. His team provides specialist advice to corporate and commercial customers at critical times. He has a keen interest in housing and has been involved in many aspects of it over a number of years.
Professor Emeritus Geoff Palmer began his academic career at the Heriot Watt University as a lecturer in 1977 and became Professor of Grain Science and Technology in 1990.
Professor Palmer has a long and active interest in Community service.
Fraser has held various operational and strategic management positions in Social Work services in Strathclyde and Fife, mainly in multi-disciplinary teams involving close partnership working with Health and the independent sector.
Gary is a qualified chartered accountant and a partner in Scott Moncrieff where he is Head of the Public Sector. Gary has over 20 years experience with charities, housing associations, education and public sector organisations. He is a past chair of CIPFA Scotland and a member of the Local Authority (Scotland) Accounts Advisory Board.
Louise has been a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Geography at the University of St Andrews since 2010. She holds an interest in human geography and her research into housing design and new technology is identifying new ways to improve quality of life for families and individuals. Her research also looks at placing the home at the centre of everyday life and identifies how to make housing more sustainable in the future. Louise is also the Director of the Centre for Housing Research (CHR), a research centre which looks at two main strategic areas in housing:
- Homes, Families & Communities; and
- Places, Policies & Practices.
Julia has over 30 years’ experience working in housing associations, charities and private consultancy firms. She currently runs her own consultancy business focused on research, policy and organisational development, and in various roles continues to foster, support and promote access to person-centred housing and support options for disabled and older people. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.