Trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed two new members of staff for 2017, as industry figures David Ogilvie and Dan Cookson join the team to provide maternity cover for director of policy Karen Campbell.
David Ogilvie has been appointed interim director of policy, responsible for developing and promoting HFS positions on a number of issues such as access to development finance, skill shortages and the challenges of the low carbon agenda.
Ogilvie brings a wealth of experience to the role with over 20 years working in the affordable housing sector with local authorities, housing associations and government across the UK. Having held senior policy roles for both the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing, his comprehensive knowledge includes specific expertise in housing strategy, housing needs and demand, homelessness and housing support, community regeneration and social enterprise.
Cookson, a freelance digital innovation consultant specialising in housing market research, will further strengthen the organisation’s status as the voice of the home building industry, supporting its evidence base through data collection and analysis.
Widely recognised as an innovator in the analysis of the sales and rental markets in Scotland and the UK, Cookson provides bespoke research and commentary for a wide range of clients including property agents, developers and investors.
Chief executive Nicola Barclay said: “These appointments come at a crucial time for our industry as we prepare for May’s local elections, ahead of which we will be continuing our focus on raising home building and its associated benefits up the political agenda.
“David and Dan’s insights will underpin Homes for Scotland’s activities as we work to ensure Scotland has enough homes of all types to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our growing population, with their knowledge and expertise providing consistency in service to members throughout 2017.”