The Scottish Housing Regulator has reported on its contribution towards gender equality on public boards in Scotland.
The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 was introduced to help address the underrepresentation of women in public life. Public bodies must report on progress towards meeting the requirements.
Scottish Ministers appointed two women – Marieke Dwarshuis and Lindsay Paterson – to the Regulator’s Board in November last year. This followed a broad recruitment campaign which included a targeted outreach programme promoting the opportunities to women’s networks. The Regulator now has four women and five men on its Board.
The Regulator’s Chair - George Walker said: “I was delighted to participate in the recruitment campaign that led to the appointment by Scottish Ministers of Marieke and Lindsay to our Board. They join a team dedicated to protecting and promoting the interest of tenants and others that use social landlords services. We are pleased that we have made good progress towards gender equality on our Board and welcome the diversity of thought and input that brings. We will continue to work hard on this as we consider future succession planning.”
Notes to editors
- The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012. The Regulator consists of the Chair and six Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at housingregulator.gov.scot
- SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
- SHR issued a press release about its new board members in November 2021 https://www.housingregulator.gov.scot/about-us/news/scottish-housing-regulator-welcomes-new-board-members
- SHR publishes more information about its board members on its website https://www.housingregulator.gov.scot/about-us/who-we-are/our-board