Our People

Jean Morrison MBE

Chairperson

Jean was an elected member with Aberdeen City Council for 5 years from 2012 – 2017. She was also CEO of SCARF a fuel poverty charity based in Aberdeen and was awarded an MBE for services to energy efficiency in Scotland. 

Her interests include housing and health issues of disabled people, alleviation of fuel poverty, reading and travelling. 

Paul McMenemy

Vice Chair 

Paul moved with his family from his home in London 23 years ago and studied Administration and Computing at Aberdeen College for 3 years. Paul is an Aberdeen City Council Tenant and is currently the Tenant Volunteer Chairperson of the Aberdeen Housing Services Review Group. 

As well as being Vice Chair of DPHS Aberdeen he also Chairs the Housing Performance and Budget Group. Paul is a Community Councillor and is Vice Chair for Northfield Community Council. Involved in The Health & Social Care Partnership. He is a patient representative of Northfield Medical Practice with the communication group for the new GP Practice being built. Vice Chair of St Machar Parents Support Project. 

Mike Scott

Treasurer

Anne Findlay

Director 

Anne was a nurse for 37yrs working in ARI, Children’s hospital and latterly as a Quality Assurance Officer with the health board. After retiring she spent 7yrs helping people with epilepsy in the community and then working in a pharmacy for a year. After fully retiring Anne felt she still had something left to offer and joined the board of DPHS in 2015.

Margaret Forrest

Director

Margaret joined DPHS in 2017. She presently works as an Outreach Worker for Scottish War Blinded supporting veterans who have sight loss. Margaret also has experience in care management and working for various organisations supporting people with disabilities and older people. She lives in Aberdeen and work across both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Councillor Sandra MacDonald

Director

Born in Africa, brought up in Aberdeen, Sandra studied at Aberdeen and Strathclyde Universities, working in tourism in the North-East before switching to the oil industry, where she worked as a data analyst.
She is married to North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald. They have two daughters, one working as a Physician Associate in the NHS, the other an engineering student.

A life-long campaigner for women’s and workers’ rights, Sandra was elected as a Labour member to represent George Street / Harbour on the city council in 2017, where she works hard to enable local people to have their say on decisions affecting their communities. Sandra is the council’s housing and transport spokesperson; the chairperson on NESTRANS, the north east’s transport partnership; a member of Aberdeen Women’s Alliance, Workers’ Educational Association and Grampian Regional Equality Council. She enjoys reading, playing table tennis and winning at strategy games!

Mary Duguid

Member

Mary Duguid, Senior Occupational Therapist in Vascular and Amputee Rehabilitation. Based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and works also at Links Unit Woodend providing Occupational Therapy Service to the amputee rehabilitation beds there.

Mel Booth

Senior Housing Strategy Officer 

Aberdeen City Council

Mel has over 15 years’ experience working in Housing across several local authorities in Scotland. She currently manages the Housing Strategy Team within Aberdeen City Council and is particularly interested in affordable and adapted housing. 

Dorothy Askew

Housing Strategy Officer

Aberdeen City Council 

Dorothy has more than 18 years’ experience working in housing strategy with a focus on specialist housing and independent living. Her role provides the strategic link between housing, health and social care. She has provided support to the DPHS throughout this time and is involved in developing and monitor.

Shirley Finlayson 

Manager

Shirley has been in post at DPHS Aberdeen since 2004. She has established a good working relationship with local housing providers, health care providers and disabled clients. 

Her previous positions with Stewart Milne Homes as Low-Cost Housing Co-Ordinator and with Barratt Homes as a Sales Executive provided a knowledge of housing provision in the City. Subsequently she spent 5 years as Supervisor at Homechoice (a Common Housing Register in Aberdeen) where she gained an insight into provision of social housing in the City.  She is member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is qualified in Level 4 Certificate of Housing (Distinction).

Shirley’s interests are cooking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Pamela Henderson

Senior Housing Adviser

Pamela has extensive experience in administration, HR, accounts and account management having previously worked in the Hospitality and Oil & Gas industries for over 10 years. Pamela took a break from working to care for her daughter who has disabilities; this has given Pamela great insight into the needs of disabled people regarding housing.  Pamela returned to work as a volunteer for DPHS Aberdeen then took up the position of Housing Advisor when her daughter started school. Pamela has completed her Shelter Training on Housing Law, Information and Advice Standards Level 6. She is due to complete further distance learning courses in Counselling Skills and Team Leading.  

Cheryl Robbie 

Housing Adviser

Cheryl has 20 years extensive experience in administration.  She held various administrative roles within the Scottish Court Service working in the Civil and Criminal Offices as well as working in the Fines Enforcement Team.  Prior to taking up her position at DPHS Cheryl worked for NHS Grampian at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as Ward receptionist and latterly a Clinic Co-Ordinator for General Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  Cheryl has completed Shelter Training SCQF Level 6 in Housing Law Advice.

Angelina Mursayeva

Administrator

Angelina is from Turkmenistan and has lived in Aberdeen for 12 years. 

She has achieved a National Diploma in Administration and IT Technology and has worked as an administrator previously in Centrica and Sueez

Currently working in Disabled Persons Housing Service as an administrator, Angelina loves her job and the aims of the charity and is pleased that her knowledge and ability can help people.

Her interests outside work are travelling, animals and gardening.