Director's Blog: Welcome to our new Chairman

21 Nov 2017

What an outstanding evening. Earlier this month, we welcomed 630 guests to another successful annual dinner at the EICC and I’d like to take this opportunity to repeat my delight at welcoming Andrew Sutherland to his new role as Chairman of the SPF.

Former Chairman, Paul Curran, has done a phenomenal job over the past year, especially in the strengthening of the SPF’s engagement with members and stakeholders and with members of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.

Of course, we will continue to strengthen these links with government and producing substantive industry evidence based on our membership experience and those they work alongside.  This will only help to increase the influence of the SPF to ensure that Scotland’s real estate sector has a strong voice at the very heart of government.

The official announcement of Andrew’s role took place at our recent annual dinner in Edinburgh with Miller Mathieson, MD of CBRE Scotland being named as vice-chairman. With guest speakers including political broadcaster Sarah Smith, who heroically stepped in as Laura Kuennsberg had to remain in London to report on the departure of the Priti Patel MP from government and Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham, the night was a fantastic success. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved and for supporting the event.

I’m now looking forward to the next year where Andrew will be bringing his extensive knowledge of planning and development matters to the forefront. He plans to maximise his experience working across Scotland and the UK which will be a huge benefit as we tackle the long-awaited Planning Bill which will be brought before Parliament shortly, as well as other key issues for our sector such as the competitiveness and market impact of LBTT, how we can support the Build to Rent sector and of course how we attract capital into important infrastructure projects across Scotland.

Our next big event will be the SPF annual conference in March where Andrew will update members on not only his vision, but the work both he and the SPF team are embarking upon to bring about the right conditions for growth for Scotland’s real estate sector. We will alert you as soon as tickets for the conference are released. In the meantime, pop the 7th of March into your diary.