Orkney Housing Association
Quality Affordable Homes for Orkney

Management Committee and Staff

We are the Orkney Housing Association, Limited (OHAL): a charitable not-for-profit organisation established in 1985, and the only housing association operating within Orkney.

Management Committee
Leadership Team

Craig Spence

Craig was born and grew up in the Orkney Islands. He has been our Chief Executive since October 2015, having joined as Director of Operations in April 2014. He is passionate about helping people, providing great customer experiences and working to eliminate Child poverty in our society. These values are reflected within Craig’s career to date and his commitment to delivering quality affordable housing and services in Orkney.

After graduating with a BA Accounting degree, Craig worked in Scotland and North America in variety of senior and leadership roles in different sectors. These have included Director-level roles in Tourism and property development. He has also served as a Board member in NHS Orkney, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and as Inaugural Chair of a new Scottish Government Agency, Children’s Hearings Scotland.

In 2014, Craig set up a new Charity to tackle Child poverty and hardship in Orkney. He is currently the Chairman of Orkney Charitable Trust, which has raised and distributed over £100,000 in our community and delivers its flagship “Every Child Deserves a Christmas” programme.

Outwith work, Craig enjoys charitable work and spending time exploring outdoors and on Orkneys smaller islands with his young family. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Director of Destination Orkney. Craig serves as Deputy Lieutenant of Orkney, and blindly persists in travelling Europe following the dream that the Scotland national football team might eventually qualify for a major finals.

“My perfect day would simply involve being out on my favourite beach in Sanday, Orkney on a calm, sunny day with my family and a picnic.”

Anne Fletcher

After graduating from Cambridge University, I trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked in public practice before moving into the private sector then housing.

I have worked at OHAL since June 2016 and really enjoy the job and living on Orkney.

Paul Scott

Joined the Association as Head of Housing & Customer Service in September 2018.  Paul has 15 years of experience in various housing roles in both Local Authority and Registered Social Landlord environment, with his most recent role as Homelessness Service Manager at Dumfries & Galloway Council.  Additionally, Paul has recently completed his MSc in Housing Studies at Stirling University.

Mhairi Hughes

My working career began as Accounts Junior with a local family firm in 1991.  My role progressed through various accounting positions until leaving to join OHAL in 1997, as Office Manager.  I held the post of Corporate Services Manager from 2006 until becoming Head of Corporate Services in 2016 when I also took on the role of Company Secretary.  Our Corporate Governance team are responsible for supporting Committee members, governance matters, human resources, providing safe working practices, ICT, communications and engagement.  With regards to qualifications I have an HND in Administration & Information Management and am currently working toward a CIPFA accredited, Certificate in Corporate Governance.

In my spare time, I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying and exploring Orkney’s beautiful islands.  I am also actively involved in my local community which I feel very privileged to be part of.

Richard Flett

Richard joined Orkney Housing Association in May 2004, having previously worked for 11 years for a local consulting Structural and Civil Engineer following studying at Edinburgh University. He was appointed as Technical Services Manager in 2006 and Development & Properties Manager in 2017. During his time at the Association he has overseen stock doubled and we recently celebrated the building of our 1000th house.  I manage a team of 8 who are responsible for the day to day maintenance of our properties as well as supervising our new developments. My spare time is taken up with family and friends, sailing and stage crew.

Sandy Dennison

I joined the Association in 2001 as a Finance Officer after five years as a trainee accountant with a local firm of accountants. Having completed my accountancy training at OHAL I joined the Leadership Team as Finance Manager. In addition to ensuring the smooth running of the Association’s day to day finances the Finance team run payroll, submit statutory returns and manage the Association’s borrowings. My interests outside work are mainly musical (viola and fiddle), but I am also a compulsive reader and am current learning Russian.

Fraser Devine

Fraser joined as Care and Repair Manager in March 2019.

He has held many management roles in retail and in the Third Sector since moving to Orkney in 1998.

I am truly delighted to be back working in the Third Sector, working with the Care and Repair team, and our wider partners to assist and help homeowners repair, improve or adapt their homes so that they can continue to live in comfort and safety in their own community.