Andrew Sutherland, Joint Managing Director of Miller Developments, has been announced as the new Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).
Succeeding current Chairman, Paul Curran, Director of Edinburgh-based Quartermile Developments, Andrew will campaign for the best possible regulatory and competitive platform for the real estate sector in Scotland to attract jobs and investment to the country’s built environment. In particular, Andrew will ensure that governments at all levels realise the benefits of boosting commercial development activity north of the border.
David Melhuish, Director of the SPF, said, “We are delighted Andrew Sutherland is taking up the role of Chairman of the SPF. Paul Curran has had a fantastic year, and Andrew picks up the role at a time of gathering engagement across Holyrood and Whitehall for SPF. His knowledge of planning and development matters working across the UK will be a huge benefit as we tackle the next Scottish Planning Bill.
“We now look forward to working with Andrew over the next year, continuing to strengthen our links with government and producing substantive industry evidence for our members, their investors and government alike, to ensure our own growth strategy benefits the property industry here in Scotland.”
Andrew said, “I am extremely pleased to be taking on the role as chairman of the SPF. I want to continue contributing and working hard to represent the interests of Scotland’s commercial and residential markets to attract investors, speed up development times and improve our overall planning strategies.
“Time is one of our biggest issues and I want to see quicker responses for developers looking towards Scotland with an eye on investment. I’ve been particularly active with planning matters across the UK and am therefore in a good position to compare and contrast planning services to hopefully improve the current situation.
“I’m now looking forward to working with David Melhuish and the rest of the SPF team over the next year, and making a positive change to the industry here in Scotland.”