John Devine - Chief Executive
Qualifications: Diploma in Business Advice and Counselling, Common Purpose Matrix Programme, Management and Leadership Training
Membership of Professional/Sector Bodies: Alarm Risk UK, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Investors in People Advisor
External Representation: Board Member at Centre for Climate Justice – Glasgow Caledonian University
John is a business professional with over thirty five years experience of working at management and senior management level within both the private and public sector. He has played an integral role in the field of business, social enterprise and economic development.
During his career he has held a number of senior positions including that of Head of Enterprise and Employer Engagement at Glasgow Regeneration Agency overseeing the Glasgow Fort Development.
For the past 10 years he has worked with ng homes. One of his main achievements was the development of a major career development programme (Kickstart Futures) which provided accredited training for young people aged 16 to 24 with an employment pathway into housing. This led to the establishment of the Association’s subsidiary company, ng2. He has overseen the development of the Regeneration Department and high quality interventions which focuses on physical, economic and social regeneration within North Glasgow.
John has a particular strength in managing networks and negotiating with partners to develop programmes to make a positive difference and has a proven track record of leading, motivating and developing others to deliver high internal and external results. He has strong working experience in managing and mitigating risk within the ng group.
Bob Hartness - Deputy CEO (Finance)
Qualifications: CA, FCCA
Membership of Professional/Sector Bodies: ICAS, ACCA
External Representation: Secretary to the West of Scotland Finance Forum
Bob leads the Association’s finance function having joined the Association in 2008. Prior to that Bob was the Director of Social Housing for Baker Tilly in Scotland for ten years. Bob is a Chartered Accountant.
As part of his role with Baker Tilly, Bob had responsibility for service provision to sixty Housing Associations. This included both external and internal audit assignments and other consultancy services. He was the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) representative on the 2002, 2005 and 2008 SORP‟s. In addition he was also a member of the CIPFA RSL panel and accounting and taxation adviser to the SFHA for six years.
Among other roles he is secretary to the West of Scotland Finance Forum. He has been a Board member at Horizon Housing Association since 2009 and has held roles as Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Audit Sub Committee. He was appointed BY SHR to the Management Committee of Thistle Housing Association in 2018.
Within the Association Bob’s responsibilities alongside the finance function include ICT and internal audit. Bob has responsibility for setting and monitoring the Association’s annual budget, longer-term financial planning and treasury management. He is a director of the Associations subsidiaries Ng2 Limited, NG Property (Scotland) Limited and Design Services Glasgow Limited.
Lynne Cooper - Director of Housing Services
Qualifications: SVQ Administration Level 3, Certificate in Housing Studies, CIH Level 3 Certificate in Letting and Management
Membership of Professional/Sector Bodies: CIH Member
External Representation: Director of Scotcash
Lynne is a member of the Association’s Executive Team where her current role is Director of Housing Services. Lynne has worked in Housing for 23 years and has worked with ng homes for the last 13 years.
Lynne has responsibility for the Housing Services division, which also includes Concierge, Retirement Housing and Property Services and splits her time between the Association’s offices in Springburn and Possilpark.
Lynne started with Glasgow City Council as a Skillseeker in 1996 and her first placement was housing and since then has developed a passion for housing and a wide knowledge base through her time at Glasgow City Council and GHA before joining ng homes in 2006.
Lynne is also a director of the Associations subsidiary company - ng Property (Scotland) Limited.
Tony Sweeney - Director of Corporate Services
Qualifications: MBA, MSc. Human Resource Management, CIPFA Certification in Corporate Governance with Distinction
Membership of Professional/Sector Bodies: FCIPD Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel Development
External Representation: Executive Board Member of SHARE, Advisor to the Personnel Sub-Committee of Positive Acion in Housing
Tony is a member of the Association’s Executive Team where his current role is Director of Corporate Services having previously held the roles of Head of Organisational Development and Head of Corporate Services.
Tony has over 40 years work experience gained within leading organisations across a variety of dynamic sectors including Printing and publishing, Drinks (Scotch whisky), Electronics and Housing.
The last 18 years of his career has spent working in the Housing Sector with almost 8 years at ng homes and over 10 years in his previous role as HR Manager at Cunninghame Housing Association based in Ayrshire.
In addition to his housing sector roles, Tony has worked in a number manufacturing management and senior leadership positions including HR and Organisational Development roles.
Tony has also worked as an HR Lecturer (part-time) delivering CIPD accredited HR and Personnel programmes.