TLC Board

Diane Stephen - Chair

DStephenChair: elected 20 February 2018
Board member since: 20 February 2018

Diane is a Leadership Consultant, qualified Executive, Systemic Team Coach and Licenced Therapist who holds three masters degrees in Modern Languages, Business & IT and Psychology. 

Her background is in management consultancy and she has over 20 years’ experience leading, moving and guiding the shift in individuals and multi-national and multi-stakeholder teams to reach personal and collective objectives. She has worked on numerous transformational change programmes across a variety of industry and functional groups, organisational cultures and nationalities.  She works with organisations and leadership teams through her consultancy work at asteri associates and also in private practice with individuals.

Clients she has worked with in the past include France Telecom, Telefónica, BT, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Orange, IBM, PwC, Accenture, Oracle, Raytheon, BAE Systems, UK Home Office, UK FCA, Xerox, UK Royal Mail, BP and the University of Cambridge.

Diane is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish and has travelled to over 50 countries. She is a qualified 200hr RYT yoga teacher and trained in Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is co-founder of the Pink Lotus Yoga Foundation.

She holds membership of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Academy of Executive Coaching (AOEC) and the Association of Business Psychologists (ABP).

Jim Cargill

PhotoJimCargillDate of joining the Board of Management – 25 September 2018

Jim Cargill has been in the oil and gas industry for over forty years in a variety of operational and business development roles. This has primarily been with a number of offshore support base and marine service companies including ASCo, Wood Group Offshore, SBS Logistics (now Peterson), OIL Limited, Sea Oil Services, OSA do Brasil and Sea-Cargo.

Jim’s experience includes involvement in varous activities in the North Sea (UK and Norway), Brazil, Caspian Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Faroes and South East Asia. Currently Jim is Chief Executive of RGU spin-out company PlanSea Solutions Ltd. And a director of Calibre International Ltd., a business consultancy.

Jan Gordon

Date of Joining Board - November 2021

Eddie Innes

PhotoEddieInnesDate of joining the Board of Management – 21 May 2019

Eddie was brought up in Inverurie. Workwise, he spent 20 years in construction with a large developer, latterly heading up sales for their design and build function. In 1997 Eddie headed up his own construction and development company, carrying out small bespoke developments but also focussing on affordable housing and general contracting. Eddie is very passionate about football and was involved with Inverurie Loco Works FC for nearly 40 years. He contributed to getting the club into Scottish Highland Football League and was the club’s Chairman for 5 years until 2017. Eddie was also President of Scottish Highland Football League from 2009 to 2012 but his focus now is enjoying holidays and spending time with grandchildren and other family members.


Craig Stirrat

CStirratIn 2018 Craig was appointed to the new post of Chief Operating Officer of Grampian Housing Association following a restructure of the Senior Management Team.  He has responsibility for leading the Association's business transformation process as well as its diversification into commercial activity.  He joined Grampian Housing Association in August 2014 as Director of Business Development. 

Previously Craig was with Fife Housing Association in the role of Housing Services Director.  Craig has more than 36 years leadership experience in the housing and adult care sector and was Head of Housing and Adult Services at Aberdeen City Council from 2006 until 2010. 

He is currently a Board member of HouseMark and is a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing and was also a Board member of Aberdeen Foyer and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Craig is an Honours Graduate in Sociology & Social Anthropology from the University of Stirling and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies from The University of Glasgow as a MSc in Total Quality Management & Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.  Craig is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing

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