The Board of Directors are made up of annually elected members of the community, who donate their time on a voluntary basis. Our Directors offer a breadth of knowledge and bring a diverse range of experience, including community engagement, management, fundraising, governance , and finance together with an overriding commitment to promoting access to justice.
With backgrounds in public, private and voluntary sector, our Board members are active across the wider community brining experience of homelessness and addiction, disability and equality, young people’s rights in the care sector, suicide prevention and poverty and exclusion.
Taking responsibility for overall governance, financial management and strategic direction of LSA, our Board of Directors ensures that we have a clear strategy that is in line with our vision and values. For the period 2020 – 2023, our Directors are working on the development and implementation of five strategic priorities:
- Addressing the effects of poverty, disadvantage and discrimination.
- Promoting Human Rights and equalities.
- Strengthening communities.
- Providing high quality legal information and education.
- Influencing Policy and Practice.
The Board normally meets six times per annum to ensure that all decisions are in accordance with our charitable objectives, and to execute due diligence in line with the provisions of The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and other relevant legislation. Sub-Committees of the Board meet in alternate months between Board meetings to provide more detailed consideration of matters as designated by the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Barry Levine is an academic in the Social Work field. His background includes family social work, addiction services, HIV and AIDs, supported accommodation, homelessness and young peoples’ rights in the care sector.
Garry has worked in homelessness and related services for 12 years and is currently working with a third sector policy organisation. He has worked with some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people in a variety of roles including a law centre, local authority and several national charities. He has particular interests in housing, homelessness, addictions, mental health and law centres as a movement across Scotland.
Grant has over 20 years’ experience in governance having served on the boards of several Housing Associations, most recently Horizon Housing Association. Through his work with the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) and his role as a Disability Qualified Tribunal Member for The Ministry of Justice/Independent Tribunal Service since 2008, Grant is committed to working to overcome poverty and discrimination for those living with disabilities. He has also worked as a freelance disability consultant providing a range of research, training and consultancy services, most recently delivering Disability Equality Training for UBER partners 2018-2020.
Kirstie has over 25 years’ experience working with a variety of public, private, and third sector organisations. She has fulfilled managerial roles with several charities, including British Red Cross, Citizens Theatre, Samaritans, and The National Autistic Society Scotland (NAS). As Social Development Manager with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Kirstie is playing a leading role in Scotland’s new suicide prevention social movement, United to Prevent Suicide. She is committed to fundraising and volunteering, and is actively involved with neighbourhood projects through Mount Florida Community Council and the Save Glasgow Libraries campaign.
Mhairi has experience in both public and third sector organisations, including Scottish Enterprise, the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) at the University of Glasgow, and the National Lottery Community Fund. She currently works with the Life Changes Trust, where she supports the strategic development of the Young People with Care Experience (YPCE) programme. Mhairi is committed to social justice and has worked on a number of broad community-led initiatives addressing poverty, inequality and exclusion. She also currently serves as a Board Member of SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum).
Paul Brown is a Member of the Board of LSA in his capacity as Principal Solicitor. His casework over the years has included child law, defended eviction, defended mortgage repossession, housing disrepair, children’s hearing referrals at Glasgow Sheriff Court and reparation claims. More recently he has concentrated on Criminal Injuries Compensation. Paul also acts as Financial Guardian in cases administered by LSA’s Mental Health Legal Representation Project. Paul has served on Government Committees including the Refugee Integration Forum, SLAB Advisory Committees, SLAB Board Appointments and most recently the Scottish Governments Payment Panel (Legal Aid).
Peter has worked in a range of senior roles across the financial services industry and is recently retired. Throughout his career, he sought out opportunities to advocate for fairness and equality, including working within the Diversity and Inclusion programme at Lloyds Banking Group. From 2016 to 2019, Peter worked as a Project Manager for Welfare Reform Mitigation with Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS). In that role he supported a variety of stakeholders, including Scottish Government officials, to ensure compliance with financial and governance requirements. Peter’s expertise lies in risk management, governance and stakeholder engagement.
Willie has 35 years’ experience in public sector housing, having worked at a senior level in both Local Authorities and Housing Associations, and is now retired. He has interests in all areas of housing policy, particularly energy efficiency, eliminating fuel poverty and dampness, and promoting sustainable energy use. Willie’s strengths and experience lie in housing, corporate planning, and advice services. He was one of the first specialist Money Advisors in Scotland, setting up and operating Renfrew District Council’s Money Advice Centre. Willie also serves as a committee member for Trafalgar Housing Association.
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