Today for the first time the Scottish Housing Regulator 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 and public bodies must now report on progress towards meeting the requirements.
The Regulator reported that its Board currently has a gender balance of five men and two women, alongside two vacancies. The report highlighted the positive promotional activities the Regulator has undertaken since late 2019 to help attract applications by women to future vacancies. Scottish Ministers are planning to shortly begin the recruitment process to appoint to its two vacancies.
Scottish Housing Regulator Chair, George Walker, said:
“Gender equality and diversity are very important to our Board, we will be working hard to support Scottish Ministers as they recruit two new members to our Board later this year. In particular we would like to encourage applications by women and other underrepresented groups in Scottish public life.”
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 www.housingregulator.gov.scot
- SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.