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Raft of boardroom changes

Kate Dewar steps up as Weslo chairman

Kate Dewar
Mike Bruce with Kate Dewar.

Edinburgh solicitor Kate Dewar has been appointed chairman of Weslo Housing Management, the Bathgate-based registered social landlord.

Mrs Dewar has been on the board of the company since January 2014 and replaces Professor Peter Robson, who has stepped down after 12 years.

Previously a lawyer in a private practice in the capital, she is a trustee of the housing charity The Lintel Trust and a director of Fife Housing Association’s subsidiary PACT.

“Having served on the board for three years, I’m familiar with the way the company works and I’m very much looking forward to working with chief executive Mike Bruce and the rest of the team at a very exciting time in the housing world,” she said.

Professor Robson remains on Weslo’s board as a non-executive director and said: “It’s been a real pleasure to lead Weslo over the past few years.

“It’s been a very challenging time for social housing and I’m proud of the part the company has played and the influence it has had on the housing landscape.”

There were further changes in the Weslo boardroom with Alice Ann Jackson stepping down at today’s AGM. She was joined by Andrew Balfour and Eileen Porter, who have also stepped down to support the company’s new initiatives on the newly-formed Tenant Scrutiny Panel.

“Although these were planned exits, they do leave us with three vacancies for new board members,” said Mr Bruce.

Weslo, which opened for business in 1994, owns 2,400 properties in West Lothian and Bo’ness and is also the estate manager to more than 3,500 private owners who have acquired their properties through the Right to Buy scheme.

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