About TPAS Scotland

TPAS Scotland is the national tenant and landlord participation advisory service for Scotland. We promote good practice in tenant participation, engagement and empowerment.

Lesley Baird, Chief Executive of TPAS Scotland says “tenant involvement is essential if landlords are to meet the specific housing needs of their tenants. Tenant participation, however does not always happen naturally and TPAS offer a range of services to help you get the most out of tenant participation.”

TPAS Exists to Promote & Support Tenant Participation

The Tenant Participation Advisory Service (Scotland) is the national membership organisation for landlords, tenants and other related organisations. We are a not-for-profit Social Enterprise registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee, providing information, consultancy, training and conferences on all aspects of tenant involvement. We also have links with government agencies and help to develop and shape government policy around tenant participation issues.

TPAS Scotland typically works with tenants organisations, housing associations and local authorities. Contact TPAS to find out how we can help you ensure that tenants continue to influence improvements in housing services.

Meet the Team

Lesley Baird | Chief Executive

Lesley has worked with TPAS since September 1996. She started with TPAS as a development officer, moved to the post of Assistant Director and has been Chief Executive Officer since 1999. Lesley is responsible for working with the Board of Management to develop the strategic and policy direction of TPAS, she manages the day to day work of TPAS projects, and keeps up to date with practice by having a “hands on role” in training, independant advice, strategy and policy development, audits, accreditation and many other projects.

TPAS is a Scotland wide organisation, Lesley claims to have the best job in Scotland – travelling to beautiful places, working with amazing people and getting paid for it. Contact me today lesley.baird@tpasscotland.org.uk

Elaine Scoular | Head of Operations

Elaine is Head of Operations for TPAS Scotland. In her role, Elaine provides a support and administration service to the Chief Executive, the Board of Management, our membership and the many other agencies with whom we work. Elaine is responsible for the general day to day running of the organisation, Health & Safety, personnel, finances and takes on many other jobs within the organisation, including having responsibility for the organisation and smooth running of our events including our Housing Professionals Conference, Our hugely successful National Annual Conference and the National Good Practice Awards. Contact me today elaine.scoular@tpasscotland.org.uk

Elaine is based in our Clydebank office and can be contacted on 0141 552 3633

Tony Kelly | Development Officer

Tony has over 20 years housing experience in delivering and involving tenants, residents and staff in ways that work for them and help them to deliver local solutions. Contact me today tony.kelly@tpasscotland.org.uk

Jane Ballantyne | Tenant Participation Assistant, working with Hebridean Housing Partnership

Jane is our tenant participation assistant, she works with TPAS and Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) to develop tenant participation across the islands. Jane is based in Stornoway but will be travelling to the Uists, Barra, Benbecula and Harris to engage with tenants. Contact me today jane.ballantyne@tpasscotland.org.uk

Leza Lafferty

Leza Lafferty | Tenant Participation Development Officer, working with Stirling Council

Leza is working with Stirling Council and the Stirling Tenants Assembly, supported by TPAS Scotland. laffertyl@stirling.gov.uk

Meet the Board

We are directed by a Board of Management which can be up to 15 members, comprising of 6 elected representatives from our landlord members, 6 from our tenant, resident and federation members and up to 3 others can be elected as co-optees for their specialist knowledge and experience.

The Board of Management is elected annually at our AGM which is held during our Annual Conference. Typically our Chairperson is a Tenant Representative and our Vice Chairperson a Landlord Representative.

TPAS Team

TPAS Scotland Management Board for 2018-2019
Back row (left to right): Elaine Scoular, Margaret Dymond, Gordon Campbell, Hugh McClung MBE, Harry Woodward
Front row (left to right): Nanette Reid BEM, Janet Strang, Lesley Baird, Calum MacKay, and Gordon Mason

Landlord Representatives:

  • Gordon Mason, Forth Housing Association, Vice Chairperson
  • Gordon Campbell, South Ayrshire Council
  • Janet Strang, Cunninghame Housing Association
  • Harry Woodward, Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
  • Colin Turnbull, Hawthorn Housing Co-operative

Tenant Representatives:

  • Calum MacKay, Cearns Community Association, Stornoway – Chairperson
  • Brian Connelly, MBE, Auchenback Tenants Association
  • Hugh McClung MBE, Stirling Tenants Assembly
  • Margaret Dymond, Maxwellton Court Tenants Association

Co-optee: Len Thomson

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