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Scottish leaders' list

A new Inside Housing list will profile those leading the housing agenda in Scotland. Who will you nominate?

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Like the rest of the UK, Scotland is in the grip of a housing crisis. As the response to that crisis unfolds, the spotlight is increasingly falling on the solutions being driven forward in Scotland, from integration with health and social care to tackling homelessness, improving the quality and security of private rented homes, and building much-needed social homes and housing of other tenures.

Such change doesn’t occur without ambition, drive and determination. It is the leaders across the housing sector, local and national government, the voluntary sector and their partners who are making the weather.

The inaugural Inside Housing Scottish Leaders’ List will highlight those individuals who are leading and driving that progress. Our list will explore who is using their influence to seize and create opportunities, to set the vision and lead the way.

In the coming months we will be recognising the roles they are playing, and sharing their stories with readers in Scotland and across the UK.

I am delighted to have an expert panel working with us to assess nominations and help recognise the most influential, innovative and inspirational leadership across housing in Scotland.

Power is important to any leader, but our panel will not be distracted by job titles - they will be focused on real influence. They will be looking for innovation, new thinking, and the ability to set a compelling vision and command respect from colleagues. And because little can be achieved in isolation, they will also be looking for evidence of working in partnership and of working to achieve not only for one organisation but to deliver for the sector as a whole.

Those who make the list will be inspirational leaders who have also delivered a clear impact. Some names may be widely known and others may not. That is why we welcome nominations from all who work in housing, so please take a few moments to nominate someone who has impressed you.

We look forward to reading your nominations and revealing the final list.

Emma Maier
Editor, Inside Housing

Make your nomination today!

Have you worked alongside someone who you believe to be influential and inspirational, and who demonstrates exemplary leadership?

Inside Housing’s inaugural Scottish Leaders’ List will profile those who are setting the housing agenda in Scotland. We want to hear about your housing association, council and developer colleagues, and the policymakers who are leading the way, whether they are delivering Scotland’s new homes, influencing government policy or doing great work to support those most in need.

As well as recognising Scotland’s housing trailblazers, the Scottish Leaders’ List will share some of the innovative work they are doing to spread the word and share good practice. So if you know any outstanding individuals doing fantastic work, please take a few minutes to nominate them.

Nominations will be considered by our expert panel (below) and the final list will be published in June.

Step 1: Check eligibility

This project is designed to recognise and showcase those people who are demonstrating outstanding leadership across Scotland.

You may nominate anyone, including policymakers and politicians, who play a vital role in shaping what housing means in Scotland today. Nominees must still be working in or influencing the sector at the time of nomination to be considered. You may nominate yourself or a colleague.

Step 2: Prepare your nomination citation

In order to nominate, you will need to write a short statement for the panel, explaining why your nominee should be included in the Scottish Leaders’ List. You may submit up to 500 words and can include any information you feel is relevant.

The panel will be particularly interested to hear about:

  • How the nominee is involved with Scottish housing
  • The context and any challenges overcome
  • Why and how the nominee stands out from colleagues
  • What their nominee is doing that is unique, innovative or different
  • How the nominee demonstrates influence, inspiration, innovation, partnership and impact

Step 3: Provide a reference

If you are nominating yourself, you will need to provide a reference from a colleague in support of your nomination.

Step 4: Submit entry

Submit your entry to us by 5 May 2017, using the online entry form at:

What next?

  • After the closing date, nominations will be considered by the expert panel who will review the details and agree on who will appear on the final Scottish Leaders’ List
  • Profiles of those on the list will be compiled to run in Inside Housing
  • The final Scottish Leaders’ List will be unveiled in August and will be promoted to key influencers

Meet the expert panel


Adam Lang, head of communications and policy, Shelter Scotland

Adam is responsible for policy, campaigns, public affairs, marketing, media and digital work. Adam joined Shelter Scotland in 2014 and brings a wealth of experience as
a senior public affairs, policy and communications manager. Previously he worked as an account director for a political communications consultancy and provided strategic insight and senior counsel in relation to the UK’s political and public policy environments.



Kirsty Wells, head of Housemark Scotland

Kirsty is responsible for leading the strategic development and growth of Housemark Scotland. She is passionate about making a difference and helping members to deliver positive outcomes for tenants. She has more than 20 years’ operational and strategic experience, having started her career as a housing officer. She then worked as a development manager with the Tenants Information Service and was involved in several stock transfers as an independent tenant advisor.



Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager, CIH Scotland

Ashley joined the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in 2014 and now manages the policy and practice team in Scotland. The team works to support CIH members by producing briefings and updates on key topics, leading on research and influencing the government agenda. Before joining the CIH, Ashley worked in a variety of roles for a local authority from frontline customer service in a local housing office to policy and strategy work.


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