ONLINE CONFERENCE Scotland’s Housing to 2040: Delivering on the Scottish Government’s Vision
Board Member, Eildon Housing Association and Conference Chair
Allan joined Eildon Housing Association Board in September 2015. He is also a Director of Eildon Enterprise Ltd.
Before his retirement, he was Director of Planning at Homes for Scotland, the voice of the Scottish home building industry.
He has a Diploma in Town Planning and a B.Sc (Hons.) Degree in Town and Country Planning. He was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute from 1976 until 2014. He is Chair of the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland and a Director of Horsescotland. Most recently he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
In his spare time, he enjoy commentating at Horse Trials, watching rugby and playing golf.
Prof of Future Construction & Director of Centre for Future Infrastructure, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Sean is Professor of Future Construction and Director of Centre for Future Infrastructure, within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
After graduating (1992) from Heriot-Watt University in Building Economics, he undertook a PhD investigating complex vibration analysis for timber frame buildings, and worked for 3 years with Defence Research Agency researching sound transmission in helicopters and aircraft.
Between 1994-99 he also worked as an invited guest scientist at the government construction research laboratories in Canada, Italy and Germany. In 2001 he joined RMP Acoustics and Napier University and was deputy director of the Building Performance Centre. In 2002-04 He led the technical development of robust details for sound insulation for Part E of the building regulations now utilised in over 1 million UK homes. From 2010 to 2020 he was Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction managing 5 research centres involving offsite, energy, timber engineering, wood science and acoustics & vibration.
In 2009-2013 he led the Low Carbon Building Technologies Gateway applied research team, supporting over 200 new products and systems. He led the government review of the Scottish Offsite construction sector in 2012 and initiated the 11 universities partnership with industry to form the CSIC.
He led the £6M Housing, Construction & Infrastructure (HCI) Skills Gateway for SE Scotland City Region Deal.
He has been an advisor to CEN and ISO committees and formed research networks with 30+ countries. His research teams have twice won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for the positive impact of their research for industry, society and the environment. He led one of the four UK CIAT Centres of Excellence in Architectural Technology.
His research has involved PhD supervision for sound transmission in buildings, new refugee shelter designs, and the design of new storm surge protection schemes developing the DAMMS framework. In 2018 he chaired the Scottish government working group on Future New Housing Construction Skills with government report published in 2019 and recommendations were adopted in Programme for Government 2020.
He serves on a range of external committees and boards involved in innovation, housing and infrastructure and has led and co-invented 17 patented construction products involving a range of companies.
Director of Research and Strategy, Rettie & Co
John leads the Rettie & Co Research Team, providing a cutting edge research and consultancy function that informs clients on sales, lettings, investment and development opportunities and their viability, as well as providing analysis of where property markets are at and likely to be going. John has built up a wealth of experience from involvement at all stages of property projects, from small-scale developments through to major master-planned schemes of new towns and suburbs. John works for all major house builders in Scotland, the Scottish Government, many local authorities and investors. John sits on the Homes for Scotland’s Policy Advisory Group.
Director, Stefano Smith Planning
Stefano is a commercial and pragmatic development planner with a strong customer focus. Stefano has nearly 30 years of UK professional experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams within a planning, environmental, design and engineering consultancy.
He has extensive experience in providing development planning and project management services in the environment, infrastructure, energy, commercial, industrial, housing and mixed-use sectors. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI) with experience in statutory planning (including approvals & consents and expert witness), sustainability, regeneration, master planning & urban design, consultation & engagement strategies and tools & development economics. He is a seasoned practitioner in stakeholder engagement and the development of communication strategies, as well as the use of appraisal and assessment tools.
Stefano has successfully advised, negotiated, and delivered complex land development and infrastructure projects of ranging sizes. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, particularly pertaining to the principles and practice of the economics of urban regeneration, land development, sustainability, urban design, complex environmental assessment, and project management.
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