Our senior management team runs the business on behalf of our Board.
Alister Steele - Managing
Sandy Welsh - Head of Housing
Heather Macnaughton - Head of
Chris Thomson - Head of Property
Steele, Managing Director
Alister was appointed Managing Director of Castle Rock in 2001.
He has worked with the organisation since 1990 originally as
Development Manager, then Development Director and Deputy Managing
Director. He has been the Managing Director of Castle Rock Edinvar
He holds an MA (Honours) in Geography from The Edinburgh
University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing from Heriot Watt
University/Edinburgh College of Art. He is a member of the
Chartered Institute of Housing.
He is a Trustee of Kintry Environmental Trust, a Board member of
the Queens Hall, Edinburgh and is an external examiner at Heriot
Watt University School of Built Environment.
Sandy Welsh, Head of
Sandy became Head of Housing with Castle Rock in 1999. From 1990
to 1999 he was Housing Manager with Loreburn Housing Association.
Prior to 1990 Sandy has worked in various areas of housing
management with Annandale & Eskdale Council, Edinburgh District
Council and Viewpoint Housing Association and a stint in support
work with Edinburgh Council for Single Homeless.
Sandy holds an MA (Honours) in Geography from The University of
Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies from
Glasgow University. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of
Macnaughton, Head of Neighbourhood Regeneration
Heather moved to Castle Rock Edinvar as Head of Neighbourhood
Regeneration in September 2007 and has responsibility for
neighbourhood planning, financial inclusion and our commercial
property portfolio. Heather is actively engaged in communities
where we have significant stock concentrating on working with
groups and local organisations to help to create and sustain
successful places where people would choose to live and work.
Previously Heather worked in senior management teams at Children in
Scotland and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce having successfully
completing an MBA at Heriot Watt University.
Heather is a Board member of North Edinburgh Childcare, Chair of
the East Craigs Wider Action Group and until recently has been an
assessor for the European Social Fund and Children in Need.
Head of Property Services
Chris was appointed as Head of Property Services in January
2009. Chris is responsible for the upkeep of our properties. This
includes responsive repairs, planned improvements, aids and
adaptations and our in house contractor, Home Repairs. In addition
Chris also manages our Facilities team
which provides services to owners as well as managing the
mid-market and market rent pproperties.
Chris has worked within the social housing sector for 18 years.
Before joining Castle Rock Edinvar, Chris was Operations Director
at Margaret Blackwood Housing Association heading the maintenance,
housing, customer services and direct works teams.
His broad experience in the housing sector has been gained
through time in development, housing and maintenance. He spent 3
years as Depute Chief Executive at Horizon Housing Association.
During his career he has developed the creation of small works
teams within 3 different organisations as well as assisted in the
creation of care and repair services in West Lothian.
Chris has an BSc (Honours) in Building Engineering