Gino Satti - Chair of ng2 Board
Civil Servant Gino Satti has a wide array of public sector experience, including several years working in day-care for the elderly and those with a diagnosis of dementia. He has over 30 years experience in voluntary third sector work including time with the Children’s Hearing Service as a Panel Member, an Authority Chairperson and Safeguarder. He has also spent time as a Lay Member Inspector for her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education for primary, secondary and special needs schools. He was involved in a Council run Community Grant Scheme, serving as the Chairperson for six years. He has spent a number of years as a Board Member with Addaction Scotland and is currently a Trustee with the organisation Generations Working Together.
He brings invaluable knowledge, experience and dedication to the ng2 Board and has been with us in his current capacity since 2016. Gino also sits on our Executive Committee, Staffing Sub-Committee, ng homes Board, ng property Board and is Co-Chair of our Regeneration Sub-Committee.
Gino is determined to deliver ng homes vision of a community where people can flourish and prosper in all areas and for all people in the community.
Margaret Thomson - Vice Chair of ng2 Board
Margret Thomson has been an active and positive member of the North Glasgow community for the vast majority of her adult life. With over 50 years of experience as a community activist, her commitment to the area has been recognised time and again through awards. Whilst working as a machinist, this passionate woman served as a shop steward and championed workers’ rights. After she retired she then voluntarily ran a tearoom and bingo hall for 20 years, before joining Carron Tenants’ Association.
Margaret joined the ng2 Board in 2014 and also sits on our Area Committee, Regeneration Sub-Committee , ng property Board and Audit-Sub- Committee and ng homes Board. She has been recognised through the awards listed below. A proud North Glasgow resident, the brave Margaret is willing to put her neck on the line and speak out whenever she feels it is right. She continues to put an immense amount of time and effort in to the North Glasgow community.
Awards: International participation award – TIS, TPAS Award, Firhill Community Champion, Mary Barbour Award nomination.
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.
Richard Porter MBE
Richard Porter has been a ng2 Board Member since 2017. He has played a key role in the development of the both the Association and North Glasgow. His work in Community Choices, an initiative which looks to put the power back in the hands of local people, has been a huge success in North Glasgow, with Richard facilitating the Your Voice Young Choice initiative in 2017 which received £60,000 grant funding from the Scottish Government. Richard has also chaired the Glasgow Parent Council Forum, attended the Glasgow City Council, ‘Children and Families Committee’ and was Deputy Glasgow representative for the National Parent Forum of Scotland, all the while maintaining a demanding Civil Service Role. His commitment to the North Glasgow community saw him receive the Community Champion award from Partick Thistle Football Club in May 2017. Richard is also the Chair of Springburn Academy Parent Council.
Richard has played a key role in supporting young people in North Glasgow to explore the development of a Youth Forum/Board to give them a “voice” and an opportunity to be further involved in the community.
Richard sits on the Executive Committee, Staffing Sub-Committee and ng homes Board where he is the Vice Chair.He is also Co-Chair of the Regeneration Sub-Committee and Chair of the Audit-Sub-Committee.
Isabella Cross prides herself on her pioneering role in many initiatives that are prevalent today. From food collections to pensioners’ dinners, to furniture reuse and bike and tool hire, Isabella played a key role in these initiatives in 1970s Ruchill. It was here she first got involved with social housing.
In 1992, she moved to the Carron scheme and after the Chairperson role became available, she was ushered into it because of her experience. During this time Isabella worked closely with others to make the area flourish. Her experience has been invaluable since she joined ng homes after a stock transfer in 2002.
She has overseen the development of some of the most challenging areas in North Glasgow and continues to attend and support local community events. A firm believer in the housing process, she is determined to help ng homes have a lasting impact on people’s lives.
Isabella has been a ng2 Board Member since 2014 and sits on the Audit Sub-Committee, the ng homes Board, the Regeneration Sub-Committee and the Area Committee.
Jim Berrington worked as a concierge with Glasgow City Council and ng homes before voluntarily finishing up his employment 7 years ago. From there, Jim always wanted to know what things were like from an employer perspective, rather than from an employee’s. He believed he could put something in as an ex-employee of the Association. Originally joining the Area Committee in 2015, Jim has been on the ng2 Board since 2015.
Since Jim has been at the Association he has already overseen the renewal of MSF claddings, the refurbishment of Broadholm St and the expansion of ng2. He is driven for all of this and more to continue. Jim has spent time on the Boards of Glasgow Disability Alliance and Inclusion Scotland and is now a member of the People’s Forum for Epilepsy Connections.