Our board

Abhishek Agarwal - Chair

PhotoAbhiAgarwalAug2019Chair: elected 24 September 2019
Board member since: 14 February 2017
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Abhi is an experienced Business Professional with a passion for helping people, teams and organisations realise their goals. His expertise spans the areas of strategy, governance, business models, circular economy, social housing, health care, and sustainability transition.

Currently, Abhi is Associate Prof in Strategy & MBA Programme Leader at Edinburgh Napier University, prior to which he had 17 years’ experience in leading training and projects in strategy and sustainability. He has led a wide range of business and research projects for international businesses and non-profit organisations.

Abhi holds an MBA in Business Management, a PhD in Circular Economy Strategy & Policy, and a BEng and MEng. He has also gained accreditation through IoD for Board Chair’s Role and Non-Executive Director Development for the Board. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and a Full Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD).

Abhi is involved with Business Strategy and the Environment & Sustainable Development journals as a member of the Editorial Board. He is an External Examiner for MBA at Lincoln International Business School, and Environment, Energy and Resources Programmes at University College London. In addition, Abhi is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), NHS.

Furthermore, Abhi owns a portfolio of residential properties in Scotland. Consequently, he has a solid understanding of the local housing market and has a passion for housing, environment, healthcare and community-based issues. He is committed to helping communities have access to affordable and quality homes, through supporting the Association who did the same for him when he was starting out.

Margaret Bochel

Board member since: 27 June 2017
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022
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Maggie is a chartered town planner and chartered manager with over 30 years’ experience in planning and related functions in local government and the private sector. Prior to her current role as founder and Director of Aurora Planning, she spent 10 years as Head of Planning and Sustainable Development at Aberdeen City Council, later becoming a Director of Property & Infrastructure in a local commercial law firm. She has considerable experience in strategic planning, operational management, and ensuring high standards of performance and best value with Aurora Planning having been named the Royal Town Planning Institute’s UK’s best small town planning consultancy in 2021.

Maggie holds a degree in Geography and Economic & Social History, a PhD, a diploma in Town & Country Planning and an MBA.

She is currently also a member of the Policy Council of the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and a Vice-Chair of Nestrans, the regional transport partnership for the north east of Scotland. 

Maggie has a long standing interest in affordable housing through both her research background and her role in planning, which impacts on the quality of peoples’ lives everyday with housing being a significant part of that. 

Jim Cargill - Vice Chair

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Vice Chair: elected 24 September 2019
Board member since: 26 June 2018
Member of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022

Jim is currently Chief Executive of PlanSea Solutions and a Director of Calibre International, a business consultancy. He has served in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years in a variety of operational and business development roles with a number of offshore marine logistics-related companies. He has also has also worked in the environmental, biotech, internet and waste management sectors.


In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Grampian Board, Jim sits on the TLC Board.

He holds a BA in economics and politics and a Diploma in Management Studies. Jim developed oilfield logistics courses and was an external lecturer in this field for Robert Gordon University.

Jim is involved with OGUK as a member of the SME committee and part of their Innovation and Logistics Efficiency Task Groups. He is a past Board Member of Montrose Port Authority, a Business Mentor for Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and previously acted as Freight Advisor to NESTRANS, the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire.

Jim believes that the provision of affordable housing is key to the health and wellbeing of our community and was keen to assist in that objective through membership of the Grampian Board.

Jennifer Court

Board member since: 21 September 2021

Member of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022

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Jennifer is an Associate Solicitor with The Kellas Partnership, with over 12 years’ experience locally as a family law solicitor. In many of the challenging situations she has observed through her work, finding affordable accommodation is often the most urgent issue for clients facing difficulties, as it provides a foundation of safety and hope, on which they can rebuild their lives for a brighter future. She is aware of the Association’s role as a Social Landlord in providing support to those with housing need and current tenants, and brings with her legal experience from the client perspective.

Jennifer has an LLB (Hons) law degree, Diploma in Legal Practice and is currently working towards a BSc in Accounting at RGU.

Jennifer joined the GHA Board as she is passionate about the benefits and opportunities that a social landlord can bring to individuals, families and whole communities.

 

Tigan Daspan

PhotoTiganDaspanBoard member since: 23 June 2020
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Tigan has worked in the public sector for 14 years in a variety of information, governance and regulatory compliance roles. Currently, an Information and Records Manager with Food Standards Scotland, Tigan’s areas of expertise include information security, data protection, project management and knowledge and information management.

Tigan holds a Master of Science Degree in International Trade from Robert Gordon University and is studying for a PhD at the same institution.

His interests include sustainable development and empowering vulnerable people to live well in their local communities. He serves as the Customer Participation Champion, to work with staff in supporting customer participation and feedback.

Stewart Davidson

StewartDavidsonBoard member since: 10 December 2019
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Stewart is CEO of Rubislaw Estates and has over 30 years’ experience working in the local property scene, gaining invaluable knowledge of development and planning. Of particular note was his involvement in the substantial project in the purchase, development and sale of Rubislaw Quarry.

Due to his expertise in development and property, Stewart represents GHA on the Board of its subsidiary, Kirkgate Developments, as well as providing industry expertise to staff.

Stewart is a Burgess of Guild of the city of Aberdeen and a patron of local charities. He was motivated to join the Board to help support the Association in providing quality and affordable social housing locally.

Alex Drummond

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Board member since: 17 November 2020
Convenor of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022

Alex has a strong financial background gained from 30 years in the business and commercial banking sector. He is Managing Director of Drummond Finance, a firm of commercial finance brokers which he founded in 2018 to support local businesses borrowing requirements through his commercial banking experience and access to commercial lenders.

Alex’s areas of expertise are in finance, strategy, funding, risk, compliance & regulatory oversight, project management, change management and stakeholder management. 

Alex was motivated to join the Board after working with housing associations during his banking career, where he saw for himself the significant and tangible difference that the sector makes to local communities and to so many lives and families.

Ritchie Johnson

Board member since: 21 September 2021
Member of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022  RJohnson

Ritchie Johnson is Director of Business Services at Aberdeenshire Council. He has worked in social housing for 25 years, including 5 years as Director of Housing and Social Work. He is experienced in leading a number of Council services, including housing, social work, various corporate services and education. Ritchie brings with him substantial local government and committee experience, as well as established local relationships across Grampian that will support the Board and the Association in its work.

Ritchie has a BA (Hons) in Urban Studies from the University of Sussex and Diploma in Housing Studies from Stirling University. Has previously served on the Board of the Rural Housing Service.

Ritchie enjoys new challenges and has a positive outlook. He wished to join the GHA Board because he has a long-standing commitment to housing and all the services and value that can bring to people’s lives.

Kristi Kelly

KKellyBoard member since:  21 May 2019
Convenor of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Kristi is currently Manager at Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in the public and third sectors and the challenges which they face. Kristi has a background in the social housing sector having worked for Aberdeenshire Council in the Housing Service for over 9 years, predominantly within the Homelessness team. She also worked in assisting the Council to prepare for the Welfare Reform changes introduced over the last decade, as well as running a pilot scheme on providing advice and assistance to tenants to encourage tenancy sustainability.

Kristi has an Honours Degree in Politics and International Relations from Aberdeen University. Having an interest in the housing sector, she also completed the Chartered Institute of Housing Level 4 Diploma in Housing Practice at Dundee and Angus College. This gave Kristi a deeper insight into the sector and of the legislative and regulatory requirements of housing providers in Scotland.

Through her years of experience in social housing from a frontline perspective, Kristi joined the Grampian Board in order to broaden her understanding of the strategic operations side, as well as support the Association with her skills and knowledge. Having been on the Board for a couple of years now, Kristi has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the strategic decision-making of Grampian and thereby having a positive impact on Grampian’s tenants and customers, staff, and across the wider community.

Ma'aruf Razzak

PhotoMaarufRazzakAug20191Board member since: 26 September 2017
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Ma’aruf is a solicitor by profession and is working in-house with local residential developers Snowdrop Developments. Ma’aruf deals with a wide spectrum of property matters on a daily basis, covering commercial and residential matters and this  experience is welcomed. 

Ma’aruf was educated at Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen University where he graduated with an LLB Honours degree.

Ma’aruf takes a keen interest in charitable roles and is the Chairman of an established charity Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre SCIO. Given his expertise in this area, Ma’aruf is the Association’s Equalities Champion, assisting staff to develop and deliver equality driven services.

Stuart Rothnie

PhotoStuartRothnieBoard member since: 24 September 2019
Member of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022

Stuart is VP of Research and Development with Rubberatkins, and is a driven engineering and business leader with a successful track record in the UK and US. 

He holds an MBA from the University of Aberdeen and an Open University BEng (Honours) Degree. He is a chartered fellow of the institution of mechanical engineers too (CEng FIMechE).


Stuart has an interest in social housing which is aligned to Grampian Housing's purpose and he welcomes the opportunity to contribute to our work with communities.

Shen Selvam

ShenSelvamphotoBoard member since: 12 December 2018
Member of Finance, Assurance & Staffing (FAS) Committee since: 22 March 2022

Shen has been in the oil and gas industry for 20 years in a variety of operational management and project engineer roles. Currently he is a Senior Project Manager specialising in subsea and wellhead operations. Shen’s areas of expertise include operations management, strategic planning, change management, and strategic planning.

Shen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Marketing.

He is the Association’s Digital Champion, assisting with the development and implementation of the Association’s Digital Strategy. Shen also sits on the Kirkgate Board.

As an avid traveller, Shen has observed many different cultures and our shared need for a place to call home; something not all of us are fortunate to be able to do. Having lived in Aberdeen for more than 20 years, Shen joined Grampian's Board to help make a difference in the lives of the communities they support.

Bob Stewart

BStewartBoard member since: 17 November 2020|
Member of Customer, Assets & Development (CAD) Committee since: 24 March 2022

Bob is former Director of Environmental Services with The Moray Council where he was responsible for leading the large multi-disciplinary technical services department. He brings over 35 years local authority experience gained at a senior level. Bob’s skills and experience are in policy, strategy, decision making and performance management. He also has an interest in ensuring organisations deliver value for money.


Bob is a fellow and lifelong member of the Royal Town Institute. He also served as a non-executive director and advisor to Historic Scotland for several years.

Bob was motivated to join the Board because he wants to make a positive contribution to the provision of quality affordable housing.

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