I am a leading adviser in Scottish housing policy, strategy and housing service review, redesign and change. I combine a portfolio of consultancy, research and interim executive management to achieve transformational change in housing organisations, and in local and national housing policy. I have over 25 years experience working in the affordable housing sector across the UK.
I have an applied economics and social research background, a postgraduate qualification in Housing Studies (Stirling) and MBA (University of Edinburgh). I am a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and am currently training as a certified coach and mentor. I have worked in local government, central government agencies and corporate consultancy, and have been a senior Board member in three housing associations. I led the affordable housing consultancy and research team at DTZ as Associate Director.
I have undertaken a large number of housing organisation and service reviews, staffing restructures, strategic alliance/mergers and strategic option appraisals. I was project manager in two housing stock transfers in Scotland. I now act as an interim and special manager for housing associations and local authorities, including regulatory investigations. I have a particular interest in organisational culture and how that can help or hinder organisations in making efficient and effective change.
In research and evaluation, my interests are in policy and service review, housing market assessment and housing strategy development, the private rented sector’s role in meeting housing need of lower income groups, homelessness and temporary accommodation, housing and social care.
I have long experience as a governing body member: first for Lorne Area Housing Association where I led the merger with Port of Leith, later for Lothian Homes and then for Castle Rock Housing Association and was Chair of Places for People Scotland (CRE’s private subsidiary) for 10 years. I stood down from that role in 2017.
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