Scottish Property Federation appoints new chair

Kevin Robertson

KEVIN Robertson has been appointed chair of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

The MD of KR Developments succeeds Michaela Sullivan RTPI, who joins East Lothian Council as head of planning services and economic development.

The SPF recently called for more action to attract investment into Scotland’s built environment and has published a recovery-focused action plan ahead of the Holyrood elections next month. The plan sets out a number of ways the industry and government can work together to reduce barriers to investment, enhance infrastructure and create great places.

Kevin Robertson said, “After an immensely difficult period for communities and businesses across Scotland, my number one priority is to ensure the property industry is in a strong position to play a leading role in our national recovery. This will mean addressing long-term challenges in addition to issues that need to be resolved quickly, such as our outdated business rates system.

“If we take the plight of our town centres as an example, the pandemic has hastened the need to rejuvenate our high streets with retail rapidly shifting online, while other sectors have been hit by low footfall as a result of home working. There are no quick fixes, but we must use this crisis to reimagine how we use such spaces for economic and social benefit in the future and build a collective vision for how to enact that change.

“The next year will also be pivotal in the fight against climate change, with Glasgow playing host to the important COP26 summit. Reducing the built environment’s contribution to climate change is vital, and the SPF will continue to work proactively with stakeholders to seize the opportunities for a green recovery.

“I wish Michaela all the best for her exciting new role and thank her for all she has done for the organisation, particularly in light of the huge challenges faced by the property industry as a result of the pandemic.”