Who we are


1. Our boards of management

Port of Leith Housing Association Board

The Board of Management meets regularly to discuss Port of Leith Housing Association business and guides its overall direction. Board Members are from a mix of backgrounds and professions and bring a range of views. For information on joining our Board, click here.

Caitlin McCorry

Caitlin McCorry (Chair)

Caitlin is Service Manager – Connected Communities with East Lothian Council and was previously an Assistant Director at Barony Housing Association. She is a graduate of Glasgow University, has a post-graduate qualification in Housing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Caitlin was born in Leith and has strong family connections with the area. She co-opted to the Board in September 2016.

Gordon Munro

Gordon Munro

City of Edinburgh Councillor for Leith. Joined the PoLHA Board in 2003.

Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips

Local to Leith, Association tenant, with wide experience in community activities. She recently graduated with HNC in Counselling and joined the Board in 2011.

Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Brian is a qualified Investment Analyst and Banker specialising in Treasury and Financial Risk Management for Banks and Public Limited Companies. He hails originally from Leith. Brian was co-opted to the Board in October 2014 and elected in September 2015.

Anthony Gillespie

Anthony Gillespie

Anthony Gillespie has an MA in Economics and Law from Edinburgh University and is a qualified accountant. He has a broad range of work experience, ranging from the National Audit Office through Coopers & Lybrand, and now as Director of Business Support at the National Library of Scotland. He has also has worked for many housing associations. During his spare time, he enjoys attending concerts, keeping fit and anything about aviation. He joined POLHA Board in 2017.

Gurmit Singh

Gurmit Singh

Gurmit worked for Hewlett Packard / Agilent Technologies over a period of 40 years as a Quality and Reliability Engineer. He was involved in concept, design and manufacture of electronic test and measurement equipment. He also worked in a team under new product introduction with responsibility for planning, coordinating and executing improvement initiatives. Gurmit is also an active member within the Sikh Community. He was elected to the Board in September 2018.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin is Head of Customer and Housing Services with Midlothian Council and has previously worked with other councils and housing associations. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has resided in Leith since 2010. He was elected to the Board in September 2018.

David Welsh

David Welsh

David is an experienced management consultant. After many years working as a senior manager and Director in big advisory firms like Deloitte, Turner & Townsend and iMPOWER, he set up and runs his own small strategy consultancy in Edinburgh.

He was delighted to join the board of Quay in late 2016 and to support the work it does in Leith, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Any spare time he has is wasted cycling or pursuing obscure and often unlistenable records from the 1960s and 70s. Co-opted to the Board in November 2018.

Liz McLean

Liz is retired Strategic Asset and Capital Plan Service Manager with East Lothian Council. She is a Chartered Architect with long standing interest in sustainable development. She is a Trustee of the John Muir’s Birthplace Trust in Dunbar.  She was co-opted to the PoLHA Board in November 2019.

Persevere Developments Ltd Board
The Board consists of members who represent a wide range of professional and personal experience.
Anne Fergusson

Anne Fergusson

Anne is an accountant and a former lecturer at Strathclyde Business School and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. She is a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, a non executive director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Development Board and advisor to Hatch, a social enterprise venture supporting entrepreneurial businesses as they grow by providing access to highly experienced management and to additional funding in conjunction with a large UK bank. She joined the Persevere Board in March 2013. Anne has three children and two grandchildren and lives mainly in London but regularly returns to Scotland.

Nicola McCowan Hill

Nicola McCowan Hill

Chartered Town Planner and development surveyor with experience of both private sector house building and local authority planning for housing. Joined the Persevere Board in March 2013.

Caitlin McCorry

Caitlin McCorry

Caitlin is Service Manager – Community Housing with East Lothian Council and was previously an Assistant Director at Barony Housing Association. She is a graduate of Glasgow University, has a post-graduate qualification in Housing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Caitlin was born in Leith and has strong family connections with the area. Joined the POLHA and PDL Boards in September 2017. She is currently Chair of PoLHA.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin is Head of Customer and Housing Services with Midlothian Council and has previously worked with other councils and housing associations. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has resided in Leith since 2010. He was elected to the Board in September 2018.

Kevin Anderson

Iain MacPhail

Iain has worked in property and housing delivery, as well as housing and homelessness support and addictions support, across the public, private and third sectors, from Edinburgh to London, and Sicily to New York.

As a proud Leither, with over 10 years working in the affordable housing sector, he is passionate about seeing new affordable housing being built in Leith, and to see high quality mixed sustainable communities emerge in the area. Iain joined the PDL Board in November 2019.

Campbell Whyte

Campbell is a surveyor who has worked in both the private and public sector dealing with a wide range of commercial and residential property projects. Recent roles include a secondment through Scottish futures Trust to NHS GGC. Previous non executive director roles have been the Queens Hall and Artlink. Campbell lives in Stirlingshire and is married with 3 daughters. He enjoys playing a number of sports and restoring classic cars. He joined the PDL Board in November 2019.

Sandy Telfer

Sandy is a real estate lawyer experienced in planning and development issues and is recognised as very experienced in the delivery of affordable housing as part of private sector housing development. He is a skilled inquiry advocate and regularly represents clients at planning inquiry and hearing sessions throughout the UK. His main area of experience is in real estate transactions involving large scale housing development. He joined the PDL Board in May 2011.

Quay Board
David Welsh

David Welsh

David is an experienced management consultant. After many years working as a senior manager and Director in big advisory firms like Deloitte, Turner & Townsend and iMPOWER, he set up and runs his own small strategy consultancy in Edinburgh.

David lives in Leith with his wife and daughter. Any spare time he has is wasted cycling or pursuing obscure and often unlistenable records from the 1960s and 70s.

Margaret O’Connor

Leith resident, Margaret is now a consultant, having previously led Art in Healthcare. A PoLHA Board Member since 2010, Margaret chaired the Association from 2014 to 2019. She joined the Quay Board in June 2016.

Ashley Millan

With a successful career in banking behind her, Ashley then set up her own property management company in central Edinburgh. As Head of Private Rented Services at Weslo since 2013, she has been responsible for launching a suite of property services for landlords, property owners and tenants in West Lothian and Falkirk. She and her team are recognised for their innovative approach towards increasing standards in Scotland’s private rented sector. Ashley joined the Quay Board in October 2016.

Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips

Local to Leith, Association tenant, with wide experience in community activities. She recently graduated with HNC in Counselling. Helen joined the Quay Board in September 2018.

Caitlin McCorry

Caitlin McCorry

Caitlin is Service Manager – Connected Communities with East Lothian Council and was previously an Assistant Director at Barony Housing Association. She is a graduate of Glasgow University, has a post-graduate qualification in Housing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Caitlin was born in Leith and has strong family connections with the area. Caitlin joined the Quay Board in September 2019.

T.B. Mackay Energy Services Ltd Board
Philip Neaves

Philip Neaves (Chair)

Independent property and planning consultant. Joined the PoLHA Board in 2011 and is also Chair of the Persevere Developments Board.

Mark Milne

Mark leads the contracts department dealing with repair and maintenance work for our varied client base in all trade disciplines. He is a City & Guilds gas service engineer and is registered with the Gas Safe Register.

Sean Doherty
Sean leads on the delivery and growth of the Company’s responsive repairs services to a wide range of customers. He is a City & Guilds gas service engineer and is registered with the Gas Safe Register.

Heather Kiteley

Joined the Association in 2015. Heather previously worked for another Housing Association and has 20 years of finance experience across not for profit, charitable and commercial organisations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Chartered Management Accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Heather has an MBA with a specialism in strategic planning and is also a voluntary board member of Leith Chamber of Commerce.

Gordon Cameron

Gordon Cameron

Joined the Association in 2007. Formerly Business Development Director for Margaret Blackwood HA. Post graduate Diplomas in Housing Studies and Urban Property Appraisal. Member of Chartered Institute of Housing. Over 35 years experience in housing.

2. Our Group Leadership Team

The staff team is led by our Chief Executive with support from our Leadership Team and Operational Management Team.

Group Leadership team

Heather Kiteley

Group Chief Executive
Joined the Association in 2015. Heather previously worked for another Housing Association and has 20 years of finance experience across not for profit, charitable and commercial organisations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Chartered Management Accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Heather has an MBA with a specialism in strategic planning and is also a voluntary board member of Leith Chamber of Commerce.

Gordon Cameron

Gordon Cameron

Director of Group Operations 
Joined the Association in 2007. Formerly Business Development Director for Margaret Blackwood HA. Post graduate Diplomas in Housing Studies and Urban Property Appraisal. Member of Chartered Institute of Housing. Over 35 years experience in housing.

Ngeme Ntuli

Director of Group Finance & Business Support 
Ngeme joined the Association in 2014. Ngeme has over 30 years’ experience in commercial, charitable and not for profit organisations in various countries. He has 17 years’ experience of working in the United Kingdom. Ngeme is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

Mike Beniston

Mike Beniston

Director of Group Organisational Development & Placemaking
Joined the Association in 2011. Formerly an experienced Management Consultant specialising in organisational development and human resource management working across a diverse range of public, private and third sector organisations to improve business performance. Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and member of the Association for Project Management.

3. Our partners

We work with partner organisations to improve services and access to our services.

We lease a number of properties (some of them purpose-built) to Leonard Cheshire Disability; Carr Gomm; Visualise; the City of Edinburgh Council; Bethany Christian Trust; Barnardo’s 16+ and the Dean & Cauvin Trust; Freespace and the Richmond Fellowship for the direct provision of support to people with various support needs.

We also lease buildings to the Ripple Project (the “Hub”); Dr Bell’s Family Centre and Pilmeny Development Project for use as community facilities.

We have arrangements with other organisations such as the Action Group, CEC’s Health & Social Care team; Health in Mind and SAMH to facilitate access to housing for people with support needs.

4. Funding sources

The Association received income of £21.8m in 2019/20. This includes income from providing affordable high-quality homes and related support services to those in need of £19.8m and a gain in the value of pension commitments of £2.0m.

Expenditure in 2019/20 amounted to £17.9m. This includes housing depreciation of £4.3m, housing management and service fees of £3.3m, property maintenance of £4.7m, interest payable on loans of £1.9m and £1.6m spent on existing properties.

Other expenditure  includes fees relating to factored repairs, miscellaneous agency and management services, adaptations and salaries.

More information on our income and expenditure is available in our annual report.

Download the Annual Report

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