The Scottish Housing Regulator is led by a Board of non-executive members, appointed by Scottish Ministers following an open public appointments process. The Board sets our strategic direction and ensures that we are focussing on the right things. Read the Minutes of our Board meetings.
George Walker, Chair
George is an experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director and Corporate Executive. Over his corporate career he worked in the pharmaceutical industry and latterly the fund management business. George has worked in the U.K. and extensively overseas, living and working overseas for many years prior to returning to Edinburgh. George served as a Non-Executive Director for NHS Lothian where he Chaired the Finance and Resources Committee overseeing financial governance. He Chaired the Integration Joint Board, for health and social care integration in Edinburgh, in its set up phase. He has long supported Charitable organisations in the UK and overseas.
He is a passionate supporter of the need for high quality social housing. He believes that good and effective regulation can support this key sector and importantly help to deliver stronger outcomes for tenants.
Anne Jarvie, Deputy Chair
Following a distinguished career in nursing, Anne served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland until her retirement in September 2004. She subsequently chaired the Expert Group commissioned by NHS Lothian to consider services provided to older people. Anne was appointed as a Non-Executive member of the NHS 24 Board on 3 December 2007. She is Chair of its Clinical Governance Committee. She also served on the Review Group which undertook the Independent Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care in Scotland, published in 2008. Anne has provided the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman with clinical advice on health complaints. Anne is Chair of Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. She is also a member of the Marie Curie Scottish Advisory Board and is a member of the Housing and Wellbeing Commission. Anne brings extensive experience from her work for the Scottish Government and at board level across the health and charitable sectors.
Mike is a passionate campaigner for social justice and better outcomes for tenants and consumers, and believes that good quality social housing is at the heart of Scotland’s future. He is an experienced civil court practitioner with twenty years experience in the field of housing law and preventing homelessness in Scotland, acting exclusively for tenants and consumers. Mike is also the Chair of the UK Valuation Commission Residential Cross-sector Group. Mike is a passionate campaigner for social justice and better outcomes for tenants and consumers, and believes that good quality social housing is at the heart of Scotland’s future. He is an experienced civil court practitioner with twenty years experience in the field of housing law and preventing homelessness in Scotland, acting exclusively for tenants and consumers. Mike is also the Chair of the UK Valuation Commission Residential Cross-sector Group. Mike has been the Principal Solicitor at Glasgow’s Govan Law Centre since 1999 where he has undertaken a number of progressive law reform projects including the abolition of poindings and warrant sales, free and nutritious school meals, unfair UK bank charges, and the regulation of property factors. He ualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2015 with rights of audience in the Scottish and UK Supreme Courts. Mike is a Non-Executive Director of the Money Advice Service, the independent body set up by the UK Government to give free money advice across the UK, and fund and improve standards in debt advice. He is a member of the European Banking Authority's Banking Stakeholder Group and a visiting lecturer on the University of Glasgow's housing studies diploma and MSc. He wasa member of the Financial Conduct Authority's Consumer Panel from 2009 to 2015 and chaired its working group advising the FCA on the regulation of retail banking, mortgages and general insurance. He has been a member of HM Treasury/BIS Future Regulation of Consumer Credit Stakeholder Forum, FSCS Advisory Panel and chaired the UK Valuation Commission Residential Cross-sector Group for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He was awarded the title ‘Scottish Solicitor of the Year’ at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2007 and 2011.
Simon has nearly 30 years experience in social housing and related fields and was previously Vice Chair of Servite Housing Association. After beginning his career working with tenants groups in Whitfield, Dundee, he joined the local Housing Department, gaining particular expertise in homelessness and community care issues. Next came nine years developing and managing new services for Shelter Scotland, including family support projects, rural housing initiatives and advice services with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Scottish Prison Service.
As Social Justice Manager for Communities Scotland (Grampian) he worked closely with Registered Social Landlords and Councils on community regeneration initiatives.
Simon now runs a social research consultancy specialising in health and social care, social enterprise and housing. He is currently a Healthcare Improvement Associate to Healthcare Improvement Scotland and is assisting with its Housing program.
Simon is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and a Board Member of NHS Fife.
Lisa is committed to the empowerment of tenants and residents in the development and protection of their communities. Lisa has lived and worked in the south side of Glasgow for many years. She works for an environmental organisation based in Govanhill and is committed to supporting people and communities to live more sustainable lives. Lisa is an activist in her community and has worked collaboratively with, and for many community organisations over the years. Currently Lisa is a director and co-organisor of an annual environmental festival "Ready Steady Grow" in Pollokshields. Lisa holds no other public appointments.
Andrew has worked in finance for more than 35 years and is a senior adviser at QMPE LLP, an Edinburgh based advisory business with considerable experience of advising on investment in social infrastructure. Andrew was previously Convener of Berwickshire Housing Association, and also served as chair of its finance committee. Andrew will bring his experience in finance, knowledge of the affordable housing sector and awareness of good governance to the Board.
Robert is a qualified public sector (IPFA) accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the public sector. Robert has experience of senior management positions in Local Government, in both finance and property and project management. Robert has spent eight years on the board of management of Forth Valley College, including six years as chair of the Audit Committee. Robert currently works part time for a regenerations charity that focuses on employability and skills training.
Siobhan is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy & Risk at Glasgow Caledonian University and has teaching interests and expertise in a variety of under-graduate, post-graduate and professional programmes. Siobhan specialises in the subject areas of public sector accounting and internal/external auditing, and public sector financial management, having previous work experience as a government auditor. Siobhan is actively involved in researching all of the above topics and has presented and published a range of papers in these areas, both in the UK and overseas. Siobhan is also a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, a previous Non-Executive Director of West of Scotland Housing Association/Chair of their Audit Committee, the previous Chair of the Audit & Governance Panel at South Ayrshire Council, a past national examiner for CIPFA/ACCA, and sits in an advisory capacity on governance and scrutiny to many public sector organisations. Siobhan has taught, and continues to teach, on a variety of courses and consultancy projects for professional accountancy institutes and bodies, and for overseas Governments.