Anna is an expert in housing research, strategy and service development. She has over 20 years experience working in the affordable housing sector across the UK. She has an applied economics and social research background, a postgraduate qualification in Housing Studies (Stirling) and MBA (University of Edinburgh). Previously, Anna led the affordable housing policy and research business as Associate Director at DTZ in Edinburgh. Prior to DTZ she worked in local government, Scottish Homes and housing associations in a range of policy and development roles.
She has the ability to analyse large volumes of complex data, to answer the “So What?” question to help guide service and strategy development. She has acted as an interim and special manager for a number of housing associations and local authorities. Anna has led 20 organisational reviews, housing option appraisals and was project manager in two housing stock transfers in Scotland. For RSLs her work has involved option appraisals, staffing re-structures and strategic alliance/mergers. In research, Anna’s specialisms are in housing market and needs assessment, intermediate/mid market rent research, private rented housing, homelessness, housing and social care, and temporary accommodation.
Anna has long experience as a governing body member: first for Lorne Area Housing Association, later for Lothian Homes. She was a Board Member of Castle Rock Housing Association and was Chair of Places for People Scotland (CRE’s private subsidiary) for 10 years. She stood down from that role in 2017.