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Directorate Leadership Team

Alison Watson

Alison Watson

Director of Shelter Scotland

Alison became Director of Shelter Scotland in June 2020. Her previous role was our Deputy Director, with responsibility for the leadership and development of our services across Scotland and for all aspects of volunteering and involvement. Alison joined Shelter Scotland in 2002, with extensive leadership experience in health and social care, mostly in the Third Sector, but also within local authorities and the NHS. Immediately prior to joining Shelter Scotland, Alison worked in the mental health field, where she played a leading role in the development of several innovative services, as well as making a major contribution to pioneering the involvement of people who experience mental health issues in the design, delivery and management of services. Alison began her career in the late 1980s, working in a large hostel for people who had long-term experience of homelessness.

Gillian Reid

Gillian Reid

Assistant Director of Operations

Gillian joined Shelter Scotland in March 2018 as Operations Manager before becoming National Services Manager in September 2018. Gillian has had senior management responsibility across Shelter Scotland services. She leads on our strategic ambitions, embedding involvement across all our Hubs and makes sure that the impact of service delivery is evidenced and measurable. Gillian has a proven track record in services management and development in her previous role at ENABLE Scotland. She was responsible for a national portfolio of grant funded projects and commissioned charitable services. Gillian became Interim Assistant Director of Operations in May 2020.

Gordon MacRae

Gordon MacRae

Assistant Director of Communications and Advocacy

Gordon's worked in politics and public affairs since 1999. He spent five years as the Head of Communications and Policy in Shelter Scotland, before moving on to the Humanist Society Scotland as as Chief Executive in 2015 . Gordon returned to Shelter Scotland in 2019 to head up our campaigning and policy functions as we undertake a new phase of work to secure public and political support to stop homelessness, tackle the housing crisis and ensure everyone is able to access a safe home.

George Drennan-Lang

George Drennan-Lang

Assistant Director of Business Development

George Drennan-Lang joined Shelter Scotland in November 2014, to head up the Business Development team. His key responsibilities are delivering a programme of sustainable business development, co-ordinating the development of services as well as managing our training team. George leads on the provision of management information which includes monitoring performance, risk and financial reporting. Previously George worked for Carr Gomm, where he latterly led on developing tenders and funding bids for social care services and community development projects, which means he brings an innovative approach to developing services and a strong emphasis on measuring the impact of our work.