Andrea is an expert in long term strategic and financial planning for social landlords and community development finance organisations. She has been working with housing associations and local authorities since 1998. Andrea has been CIPFA qualified since 1995, has held a practice assurance certificate since 2009and was awarded Fellow status by CIPFA in March 2016. She has a BA in Accountancy and a MBA (with distinction) from Glasgow University. She was winner of the Anna Ritchie award for top performance of all MBA graduates in 2001.
Andrea started her career in Local Government before moving into advisory services including with Ernst & Young for several years. She has created and/or assessed the long-term strategic plans for a significant number of social landlords and advised on a wide variety of landlord strategic activity including stock transfers/group structures/acquisitions and/or disposal strategies/major development activity including diversification of tenures/efficiency drives including improved asset management and financial restructuring in projects from Aberdeen to Brighton.
Andrea was commissioned by Audit Scotland in 2012/13 to assess the capacity of all 182 social landlords in Scotland as part of their Audit of the sector. Andrea was lead financial advisor on GHA’s SST programme and the Clyde Gateway Project in its formative stages when it required Ministerial approval for the footprint of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Athletes Village. These two projects have been significant in Scotland and involved complex strategy development, co-ordination of work streams and financial planning arrangements to fund long term investment aspirations in excess of £1bn from a mix of public and private finance.
In recent years Andrea has also authored and/or has led i.s.4’s advice on a number of influential publications including the SHR’s business planning guidance and asset management guidance, both of which were published in August 2012 and the SFHA’s report “The Impact of Welfare Reform on Housing Associations and Housing Co-operatives in Scotland”. Andrea has also been an Associate inspector of SHR on a few occasions and has recently been co-opted onto the board of Wishaw and District Housing Association following their increase to high engagement by SHR.