Gillespie takes the reins at Homes for Scotland

Ken Gillespie

FORMER Galliford Try chief operating officer Ken Gillespie has been appointed chair of Homes for Scotland (HFS).

He has worked in the UK construction and housebuilding industries for over 33 years and has been responsible for the development and delivery of residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes both nationally and overseas.

He said, “Having worked in the construction and home building sectors my whole life, I am delighted to represent an industry which is absolutely vital to the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Scotland. My philosophy is clear:  whether public or private sector, local or national government, we all need to work together, positively and progressively, to an agreed common objective which should be increasing and accelerating housing supply across Scotland to meet the needs of our growing population.”

HFS chief executive Nicola Barclay added, “This is a significant appointment for us. Ken’s work consulting with a wide range of stakeholders, together with his knowledge and understanding of what is required to deliver complex projects (such as the Queensferry Crossing) within our communities, brings a new dimension and perspective to our organisation.

“Very much a facilitator and solutions-focused, his expertise will guide us forward as we look to increase our collaboration with those who can generate the change that is required to support the building of more homes, including government at all levels.”