The Melville Board

Melville is led by an experienced Board that has overall responsibility for the governance of the Association, and the strategies and policies delivered by our staff.

Find out more about Melville's governance structure.

Board members are unpaid volunteers with a wide-range of skills who represent all sections of the community. They work closely with the senior management team on the planning, monitoring and control of high quality, efficient services to our tenants and service users.

Board members can claim travel and other expenses for attending meetings and we also offer training and encourage members to develop their knowledge and skills by attending seminars and conferences on behalf of Melville.

The Board meets a minimum of seven times a year. In addition members are elected every year at our Annual General Meeting in September. Meetings are usually held in the early evening and normally last a maximum of two hours.

Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of our Board and our Audit Committee.

More information on the Board, including details of how to put yourself forward as a future member, can be found at the foot of this page.

Our Board Members

Chair: Ms Caron Quinn

Caron QuinnCaron, who was elected Chair of Melville in 2017, is a qualified accountant and a chartered internal auditor. She joined the Board in 2014 and has 30 years experience providing risk-based internal audit and business support services to clients from many different sectors in the UK and Australia.

Caron has a detailed knowledge of the housing sector, developed over the past 14 years while providing services to Scottish Registered Social Landlords. She is also the Chair of West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau and a member of their Governance, Policy and Procedural committee.

Vice chair: Mr David Bond

David BondDavid joined the Board in 2016 and was elected vice chair the following year. He lives in Midlothian and has an interest in the development of the local community.

A chartered accountant with a wide range of financial and commercial skills, David has an executive search firm and is the Director, Scotland for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

Secretary: Mrs Barbara Shearer (tenant)

Barbara ShearerBarbara is a Melville tenant and the longest serving member of the Melville Board, having originally joined in 2004.

A keen and active member of a number of local community groups including the Girl Guides, Barbara has recently been recognised for her 20 plus years as a leader in the Guide movement and currently volunteers as both a Guide guider and a Rainbow leader.


Member: Ms Donna Bogdanovic

Donna BogdanovicDonna lives in Newtongrange and joined the Melville Board in 2017.

A qualified planner, Donna currently works as principal officer for housing strategy with Scottish Borders Council and has spent the last ten years focusing on a wide range of housing policy areas. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, where she also serves on the Board. 

Donna is an active member of her local community and has a strong interest in the social housing sector.

Member: Mr Paul Cameron (tenant)

Paul CameronPaul joined the Board in 2013. 

A tenant of the Association, Paul works for Midlothian Council.  Previously he has worked in the postal service and in building maintenance.

Member: Mr Andrew Dougherty

Andrew DoughertyAndrew was born and raised in Edinburgh and joined Melville's Board in 2017. 

A qualified management accountant and finance executive with 25 years experience, Andrew currently works for the Weir Group Plc.

Andrew has a great deal of experience in voluntary youth work, including in the Army Cadet Force and is particularly interested in community engagement opportunities.

Member: Mrs Cathy Hanlan (tenant)

Cathy HanlanCathy has been a Melville tenant since 2014 and joined Melville's Board as a co-opted member in 2021.

A passionate supporter of social housing, Cathy lives in Easthouses which she previously represented as a Melville tenant rep and before that lived in a Midlothian Council home in Gorebridge.

Now retired, Cathy is originally from the north east of England and spent most of her working life as an NHS office administrator.

Member: Ms Hailie Johnston

Hailie JohnstonHailie joined the Melville Board in 2020.

With more than 16 years experience in housing, Hailie currently works as a welfare rights officer for social housing provider Hanover (Scotland).

Member: Ms Clare Marshall

Clare MarshallClare joined the Melville Board in 2017.

Managing director of a marketing consultancy in Edinburgh, Clare has a background in event and brand development and specialises in strategy for small to medium sized businesses. 

Member: Ms Christine Moore

Christine MooreChristine joined the Melville Board in 2020.

In her current role as an asset planning surveyor with social housing provider Link Group, she is responsible for the acquisition of more than 200 properties to expand Link's private rented sector portfolio.

Christine is a qualified general practice surveyor, delivering both planned and reactive maintenance contracts. She has a practical knowledge of the public procurement sector and is also a qualified home energy assessor.

Member: Mrs Lucy Stang

Lucy BellLucy joined the Melville Board in 2020.

A member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Lucy currently specializes in the investment, development and valuation of commercial property for one of the world's largest real estate advisory firms.

Outside the office Lucy is a keen cyclist and enjoys finding unexplored routes throughout East Lothian.

Member: Mr Bill Takhar

Bill TakharBill joined the Melville Board in 2017 and has a great deal of social housing experience.

Bill started working in the social housing sector in 1994 and has been employed by several different local authorities across the UK. During that time he has developed skills and experience in a wide range of areas including estate management, housing maintenance and homelessness. 


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