Homes for Scotland announce new Chief Executive as £3.4bn home building sector faces significant change and challenge

HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood

SECTOR body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced Jane Wood as its new Chief Executive with effect from Wednesday 1 June.

Jane joins HFS from BT where she was Group UK Nations and Regions Director and a member of the BT Scotland Board, responsible for managing relationships with public bodies, politicians and other key stakeholders on strategic business areas including climate change, skills, SMEs, infrastructure and public policy affairs.

In the 12 years prior to this, Jane was CEO in Scotland and then UK Executive Director for the membership organisation Business in the Community, which helps members improve their responsible business practices.

Having also been Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland and Northern Ireland for the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Jane has championed inclusive growth and worked to create policies and business relationships which deliver both economic and sustainable outcomes throughout her career. She has extensive experience working across complex regulatory issues and within central, devolved and local governments.

HFS Chair Ken Gillespie said: “I am delighted Jane has agreed to join us as Chief Executive. Jane’s track record as an established and experienced leader will drive forward our solutions-focused, evidence-based approach to realising our strategic aim of delivering more homes across Scotland.”

“With a shortfall in housing completions now approaching 100,000 homes since 2008, we still aren’t building enough to meet the needs of our population and we must prioritise practical solutions to the barriers that are preventing this.”

In a seamless transition, Jane succeeds Nicola Barclay (who is stepping down after six years in the role) as Chief Executive.  She joins HFS at a critical time for the home building sector, which contributes over £3bn annually to the Scottish economy.  As well as ongoing planning reform and changes to building standards as part of the transition to net zero, builders are also having to contend with significant material constraints and labour shortages – with the considerable cost pressures that result.

Jane said: “It will be a privilege to lead a highly respected organisation representing such a key sector in Scotland. Not only does the housing sector have a crucial economic role to play, it also brings vital broader benefits to Scotland’s social wellbeing, such as improved health and education outcomes, through the delivery of high quality and sustainable homes for all.”

“I am looking forward to working with the team and members to address the many challenges and changes facing those who deliver the new homes of all tenures that the people of Scotland need.”

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