Trade body Homes for Scotland has announced it has appointed Ken Gillespie as chair for a three-year term with immediate effect.
With 33 years of experience, Gillespie has been responsible for the development and delivery of residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes both nationally and internationally.
Most recently, he was the COO of Galliford Try.
Gillespie takes the reins at a time when housing completion levels remain 36 per cent down on pre-recession levels and members tell the trade body that it has never been harder to open new sites and get much needed new homes out of the ground.
Nicola Barclay, chief executive and Homes for Scotland, said: “This is a significant appointment for us. Ken’s work consulting with a wide range of stakeholders, together with his knowledge and understanding of what is required to deliver complex projects (such as the Queensferry Crossing) within our communities, brings a new dimension and perspective to our organisation.
“Very much a facilitator and solutions-focused, his expertise will guide us forward as we look to increase our collaboration with those who can generate the change that is required to support the building of more homes, including government at all levels.”
Gillespie said: “My philosophy is clear: whether public or private sector, local or national government, we all need to work together, positively and progressively, to an agreed common objective which should be increasing and accelerating housing supply across Scotland to meet the needs of our growing population.”
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