Anna is a specialist in housing policy, strategy and housing service review, redesign and change. She combines a portfolio of consultancy, research and interim executive management to achieve transformational change in housing organisations, and in local and national housing policy.
Anna is an experienced project/programme manager in large multi-disciplinary projects, with strong oversight skills. She has the ability to distill large amounts of data to provide clear and concise conclusions and advice, for a range of different influencers.
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 (University of Stirling) and MBA (University of Edinburgh). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Institute of Leadership and Management and is a mentor in the CIH Mentoring scheme. Anna has worked in local government, central government agencies and corporate consultancy, and has been a senior Board member in three housing associations. She led the affordable housing consultancy and research team at DTZ as Associate Director.
Anna has undertaken a large number of housing organisation and service reviews, staffing restructures, strategic alliance/mergers and strategic option appraisals. She was a project manager in two housing stock transfers in Scotland. She acts as an interim and special manager for housing associations and local authorities, including regulatory investigations. She has a particular interest in organisational culture and how that can help or hinder organisations in making efficient and effective change.
In research and evaluation, Anna’s specialisms are in policy development, service review, housing market assessment and housing strategy development, the private rented sector, homelessness and temporary accommodation, housing and social care.
Anna has long experience as a governing body member: first for Lorne Area Housing Association where she led the merger with Port of Leith Housing Association, later for Lothian Homes and then with 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.
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