David is an expert in housing policy and strategic planning. He has over 20 years’ experienceworking across the affordable housing sector in a variety of local authority, housing association and independent consultancy roles across the UK. He is perhaps best known for influencing the direction of housing and related social policy at a national level whilst a Policy Manager at SFHA and subsequently Head of Policy & Public Affairs for CIH Scotland. Throughout 2017, David will be part-time Interim Director of Policy for Homes for Scotland, overseeing their work representing the policy concerns of Scotland’s housebuilders to government, parliament and the wider public.
David’s key areas of interest range from homelessness and housing support, to health and social care, community regeneration and social enterprise. Previously, he led on East Lothian Council’s housing strategy for people with support needs, which included undertaking a community care housing needs assessment engaging with a variety of ‘difficult to reach’ service users. Through this experience and his own subsequent consultancy experience, David has enhanced his expertise in stakeholder and community engagement and qualitative research.
David is currently a Board Member for Link Housing Association and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He has a BA Hons in Sociology from Durham University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing from Heriot-Watt.