Ian Brennan to leave the Regulator


09 November 2021

The Scottish Housing Regulator today announced that its Director of Regulation, Ian Brennan, will be stepping down from his role at the organisation in the new year after twelve years.

Ian joined the regulator in 2009 to head up the team that led on the regulation of the financial health of registered social landlords, before taking on the Director’s role to oversee the delivery of overall regulation in 2018.  Ian provided leadership through two major reviews of the regulatory framework and a number of major statutory interventions, and was instrumental in modernising the Regulator’s business intelligence system.

Chief Executive Michael Cameron said, “Ian has been at the heart of the Regulator’s work for over a decade, and he has helped to shape the effective regulation of social landlords in Scotland. He will be greatly missed, but leaves a strong team with a clear vision.”

Ian said, “I have been very fortunate to work with able and dedicated colleagues throughout my time at the Regulator. And the sector is well served by hard working housing professionals, talented advisors and committed private lenders and investors with whom it has been a pleasure to work. So it will be a major wrench to leave SHR but I feel that this is the right time.”

The Regulator will now start the process to recruit to the post of Director of Regulation.    

Notes to editors

  1. 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 eight Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at housingregulator.gov.scot
  2. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.


Tracy Davren Communications Manager