Les is a native of Glasgow. He is a graduate of Stirling and Glasgow Universities (Sociology / Masters in Town & Regional Planning) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. In the 1980s and 1990s he worked both as a Project Manager and a Housing Manager Glasgow City Council. When the City’s council housing was transferred to Glasgow Housing Association in 2003 he became the Governance and Compliance Manager. More recently, until this year, he has been the Past Chair of Partick Housing Association. Currently he works part time with Glasgow City Council Housing & Regeneration Services on housing strategy and policy.