Tom Norris, Managing Director

Twitter - @iamtomnorris

Tom is our Managing Director. Originally from Kinross-shire he has a background in both public and private sectors with a passion and a track record of delivering world class customer experience.

This has included delivering train services for the 2012 London Olympic Games and leading Edinburgh Trams into operational service between 2012-2015. Latterly he held positions with Abellio and Serco PLC before moving into the affordable housing sector.

He joined Places for People in 2019 as our Group Director of Business Practice and has been leading on the transformation of our affordable housing businesses across the UK.

Chris Thomson, Operations Director North, Places Management

Chris is our Operations Director for Places Management where we provide directly employed trade services to Group companies in Scotland and the North of England.

Chris has worked within the social housing sector for around 25 years. Before joining us in 2009, Chris was Operations Director at Blackwood Housing Association managing an Operational cross functional team and prior to that Operations Director/Depute CEO at Horizon Housing Association. Both organisations specialised in wheelchair and adapted housing across Scotland.

Chris gained experience of the housing sector through time in development, housing and maintenance. Chris is a Trustee of the Crags Community Sports Centre, a community managed resource within the Southside of Edinburgh.

Chris has an BSc (Honours) in Building Engineering Management.

Neil Ross, Director of Placemaking Opportunities

After 16 years working in the Places for People development team north of the border, Neil returned to usĀ as Director of Placemaking Opportunities.

In a career spanning over 30 years he has been responsible for all aspects of the residential development process from site identification through to build completion. With a key focus on collaboration and placemaking he has delivered mixed tenure developments ranging from small scale through to multi-million pound, many of which have received industry recognition.

Operating at a strategic level as part of the Senior Management Team he will bring his experience and collaborative approach to the fore, leading on identifying, creating and investing in new strategic opportunities and partnerships, including larger scale Placemaking.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Glasgow.

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We're directed by a Board of Management and work to the Scottish Housing Regulator's code of governance.