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The Board

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

July 2017 to June 2021

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.

George Walker - declaration of interests  

 

Anne Jarvie, Deputy Chair

March 2013 to March 2020 - Final Term 

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 served as a Non-Executive member of NHS 24 for 8 years until 2015. Anne was also a trustee of St John's Ambulance Board from 2012 to 2018 and Chaired its Audit and Risk Committee.  

Anne Jarvie - declaration of interests  

 

Mike Dailly

March 2013 to February 2021 - Final Term 

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’s a court practitioner with over twenty years experience of housing law and preventing homelessness in Scotland, acting exclusively for tenants and consumers. 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 qualified 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, and a member of the Scottish Government’s Homeless and Rough Sleeping Action Group. He is a member of the European Banking Authority's Stakeholder Group and a visiting lecturer on the University of Glasgow's housing diploma and MSc. He was a 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 is also a member of the Single Financial Guidance Body. He was awarded the title ‘Scottish Solicitor of the Year’ at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2007 and 2011.    

Mike Dailly - declaration of interests

 

Andrew Watson

July 2017 to June 2021

Andrew works for the Scottish Futures Trust in its low carbon team.  Previously he was managing partner with QMPF LLP, an Edinburgh based advisory business focussed on education, renewables and social infrastructure; he retains a consultancy with QMPF.  Before joining the SHR Board, Andrew was convenor of Berwickshire Housing Association and also served as Chair of its Finance Committee.  In addition to over 35 years of corporate finance and banking experience, Andrew brings his knowledge of the social housing sector and corporate governance to the Board.

Andrew Watson - declaration of interests  

 

Robert Gil

July 2017 to June 2021

Robert works for FESFM a facilities management company. He 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. He has also worked as a Business Support Manager for Raploch Urban Regeneration Company.

Robert Gil - declaration of interests  

 

Siobhan White

Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Chair 

July 2017 to June 2021

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.

Siobhan White - declaration of interests

 

Helen Trouten Torres

1 April 2019 to 30 March 2023

Helen has always had a strong interest in social housing, stemming from her family’s journey from the Gorbals clearance to Castlemilk high & low rise, to the new town of East Kilbride. Her own housing journey has taken her full circle through all housing tenures due to changes in life circumstances. Helen has a deep understanding of the importance of good quality social housing on peoples physical & mental health and their ability to take up opportunities in life. As well as seeing this first hand, through her own experience and years of working in tenancy support with vulnerable young people, she’s also researched the links whilst studying MA (honours) Social Policy at the University of Glasgow. Helen has a varied work experience including Parliamentary briefing, Charity donor relations, youth support work and spent 7 years living in Rio de Janeiro where she worked as a teacher, academic coordinator, textbook editor and contributing reporter to the Rio Times. Throughout all her work, Helen strives to focus on social inclusion, openness, empowerment and equality. She is a local authority tenant and mother to two young sons.

Helen Trouten Torres - declaration of interests

 

Colin Stewart

1 April 2019 to 30 March 2023

Colin became involved in the Social Housing Sector in 2012 when he moved back to Aberdeen after living in London for 26 years. Colin was a member of the inaugural Citizens Council, a committee set up in 2002 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to provide a public perspective on overarching moral and ethical issues. Since returning to Aberdeen he has been involved with several tenant groups including being chair of CaRTO (Castlehill’s Registered Tenants Organisation), a member of NETRALT (North East Tenants, Residents and Landlords Together) and Regional Networks (Region 1). Previously he was on the Board of Directors for Castlehill Housing Association, standing on their Housing & Property Services and Finance & Development sub-committees. Colin is Secretary for Our Positive Voice (Grampian) a forum providing support to people living with and affected by HIV.

Colin Stewart - declaration of interests

 

Ewan Fraser

1 April 2019 to 30 March 2023

Ewan started his professional life in the private sector as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor working on an interesting range of projects. In 1983, after several years in private sector construction Ewan joined Castle Rock HA as Development Manager. Following restructuring of a group of smaller organisations Dunedin HA was formed with Ewan as the first Director. Dunedin merged with Canmore in 2005 with Ewan as Chief Executive, a role he held until his retirement at the end of 2016. During his 33 years in the social housing sector Ewan was a member of the Board of the SFHA for a number of years and also a Board member of Social Enterprise Scotland. The experience gained over these year was wide ranging and this included a direct involvement in Dunedin Canmore joining the Wheatley Group. It is the changing and evolving face of housing , the challenges of governance and the desperate need for more good quality affordable housing in a well regulated affordable housing sector that continues to hold his interest. Ewan will bring his experience in affordable housing, development, governance and change management to the Board.

Ewan Fraser - declaration of interests

 

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