Housing specialist Shelley Hutton has been appointed head of stakeholder relations, a key role in driving forward our sustainable growth strategy by strengthening communication and collaboration across government, the housing sector, and associated industries.

Shelley has led on relationship management for portfolio acquisitions, research and customer service strategy in a housing career spanning three decades with us. In recent years she has been instrumental in fostering positive links with Scotland’s first student housing Co-op in Edinburgh and with creative industries.

Over the next decade, the affordable housing sector in Scotland is facing the significant challenge of ensuring housing costs remain affordable while meeting net-zero targets, particularly in relation to the decarbonisation of existing housing stock. Other changes affecting housing associations of all sizes include planning reform, rising costs of construction, and clearing a route to deliver enough homes to meet government targets for affordable housing.

Shelley said: “I’m delighted to continue my career with Places for People Scotland in such a challenging and interesting role. More than ever before, close co-operation and knowledge sharing will be important if we are to deliver low carbon, affordable housing in the volumes required. As one of the largest organisations, and as part of a UK-wide group, among other things, we have strengths in procurement, governance and are already leaders in low carbon technology for heating thanks to partnerships we have in place with manufacturers”.

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