Michaela Sullivan MRTPI has taken over from Robin Blacklock as Chair of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF). the real estate industry comes to grips with a second wave of coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and the wider economy, with impacts on investors, landlords and tenants, and development activity.
Outlining key themes for her upcoming term in office, Ms Sullivan commented,
“As I take over as Chair, the SPF will continue to press for sustainable economic growth, with renewed urgency, and we must do so in the knowledge that the pre-existing challenge to deliver a net-zero carbon built environment, to repurpose our town centres and to deliver better places for people has not gone away, it has been accelerated.
“Going forward we will need to work together to bring about further change, in the materials with which we build and how we heat our spaces, the infrastructure we need to support economic growth, how our retail portfolios will work with changing habits and as we progress towards demanding targets to achieve net zero carbon.
“It’s crucial in these challenging times that we come together and provide a strong voice to represent the view of our industry and ourselves in a way that highlights the important work that we do – giving voice to the aim to Redefine Real Estate.”
The SPF also announced that the next vice-chair will be Kevin Robertson FRICS, Managing Director for KR Developments.