Board of Directors

Rural Housing Scotland is a Scottish Charity No. SC031239 and a company limited by guarantee No. 216096. It is managed by a Board of Directors drawn from its membership. The current Board of Directors was elected at our AGM in Haddington on the 24 September 2013.

Dr. Annie McKee – Convenor

Annie is a Social Researcher in Land Management at the James Hutton Institute. She completed her PhD with the Centre for Mountain Studies, as part of the ‘Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century’ research team, following a Geography undergraduate from St Andrews University, and Masters in Sustainable Rural Development from the University of Aberdeen. Her PhD aimed to examine the role of private landownership in facilitating sustainable rural communities in upland Scotland. Annie joined the James Hutton Institute in October 2010, her research interests include stakeholder and community engagement practices, action research and effective knowledge exchange, rural governance and institutions, rural community development and achieving sustainable development in rural areas. In 2016 she completed a Comparative Research Fellowship funded by the OECD, undertaking fieldwork in Central Norway in order to develop understanding and lessons for Scottish land reform. She is a Trustee of the Andrew Raven Trust and Tarland Development Group, in particular participating in the Tarland Community Housing Project.

Alastair Cameron – Vice-Convenor

Alastair is Chief Executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action, which mobilises the churches in working towards a Scotland free of homelessness. He has been a member of the Steering Group since March 2000 and was previously a member of the Rural Forum Housing Service Committee. His background is in community development and homelessness activism, working in the past for Rochdale Council in Lancashire and Edinburgh Council for the Single Homeless. He sees community engagement as crucial in tackling Scotland’s problems of homelessness and inadequate housing.

Dr. Madhu Satsangi – Treasurer

Dr Madhu Satsangi teaches and researches at the University of Stirling. He became convenor of the RHS in February 2010. Madhu’s doctoral thesis looked at the social relations of rural housing provision and he is qualified in Environmental Science and Town and Regional Planning. From the late 1990s, Madhu has led and published researched into rural housing provision, including work on rural housing associations, the role of private landowners in affordable housing, emergent community land ownership and the rural home ownership grant. His latest publication is “The rural housing question” written with Nick Gallent and Mark Bevan. Madhu has previously been a committee member of Positive Action for Training in Housing (Scotland) and the Housing Studies Association.

Debbie Mackay

Debbie Mackay is a planning and rural development professional with 20 plus years of experience in the rural sector. She started her career as a Planning and Economic Development Officer at Argyll and Bute Council, where key roles involved developing the Argyll Air Services project (airport at Oban, and airstrips on Coll and Colonsay), coordinating the Argyll and Bute Agriculture Forum, managing the Council countryside access staff, promoting renewable energy and community engagement. After a move to Edinburgh and brief sojourn at Edinburgh City Centre Management as the Edinburgh City Centre Action Plan Manager, she returned to rural work when recruited to set up Smiths Gore’s planning service in Scotland and became a partner in due course. In 2015 she became a Director at Savills when Smiths Gore and Savills merged. She heads up the Rural Planning Service for Savills in Scotland covering large scale masterplanning projects, renewable energy schemes, Whole Estate Strategic Planning and Development Review and has particular expertise in planning for housing in the countryside. She is the retained Planning Advisor for a number of Scottish Estates including Scone Estate and The Crown Estate. Debbie is coordinating Savills initiative to provide land management and specialist property advice services to the new wave of community land owners in Scotland seeking to reduce conflict and achieve positive dialogue and joint working. Debbie is also a Director on the Board of Rural Housing Scotland, and sits on the National Policy Group for Scottish Land and Estates

Norma Robson

Norma is a Team Leader in Planning and Policy for Housing and Communities in Perth and Kinross Council. In 1986, Norma started work in housing as a Housing Assistant covering rural areas in the north and west of Perth and Kinross. Over the past thirty years, she has worked mainly in strategic planning in housing. Her main areas of work focus on the Local Housing Strategy, the Strategic Housing Investment Plan and the implementation of the Affordable Housing Policy throughout Perth and Kinross. In more recent years, Norma’s role with Perth and Kinross Council has been broadened to include planning and policy for Care Services.

Prof  Sarah Skerratt

Sarah is Reader in Rural Society and Policy, and Head of the Land Economy and Environment Research Group at SRUC. She is also Team Leader of the Rural Society Research Team, and an Associate of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre. Sarah has 24 years experience in analysing the differences between policy vision and experience-on-the-ground in rural areas and communities. She focused particularly on rural community development policies and strategies, as well as initiatives led by communities. Sarah researches sustainability of initiatives, and issues of resilience, capacity-building and leadership, and has carried out research in the UK and internationally. She heads up the Scottish Government’s research theme: “Governance and decision-making for community empowerment”. I am an Associate Investigator on dot.rural (Aberdeen University £12M Digital Rural Hub funded by EPSRC, 2010-2015) and Co-PI on DEAR (Digital Engagement and Resilience) Project.

Sarah is Editor of SRUC’s Rural Scotland in Focus Reports, and convenor of the Round Table Debate Series which brings together stakeholders from across the private, public and third sectors. She is a member of three Scottish Government Working Groups: (i) Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill; (ii) Land Use Strategy Action Plan Objective 3; (iii) Scotland’s Rural Parliament. In July 2012, She was appointed by Ministers to be a Vice-Chair of the Land Reform Review Group (2012-2014). She is also on the steering group for Scotland’s Rural Parliament, and sits on the Boards of Care Farming Scotland and the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Inquiry Committee into digital participation.

Angela Williams

Angela is Development Manager of the Knoydart Foundation. She moved to Knoydart in 2001 after many years with the environmental organisation Groundwork, based in Lancashire,England. Originally trained as a landscape architect she had many years in fundraising and project managment before moving to Knoydart in 2001 as Development Manager. Since moving to Knoydart she has been involved with housing, hydro electricty, running a bunkhouse, establishment of a ranger service, land managment and a range of other activity.

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Derek Logie – Chief Executive

Derek has been Project Manager, Director, & now Chief Executive, of Rural Housing Scotland since 1996. He is responsible for the delivery of Rural Housing Scotland activities. He is responsible to the Rural Housing Scotland Management Committee for the development, delivery and ongoing management of Rural Housing Scotland activities. Derek has worked with communities across Scotland to tackle local housing problems and has supported the development of several practical projects to address housing need. Derek is a committee member of the Scottish Land Fund and was previously a member of the Rural Development Council.

Cameron Anson – Our Island Home Development Officer

Cameron joined Rural Housing Scotland in May 2017. Cameron’s role is primarily to support island community groups/trusts to develop affordable housing projects. This involves, but is not limited to, meeting island communities to raise awareness of community action on housing, helping communities to develop proposals for new island housing and supporting applications to the Island Housing Fund.