Scottish Housing Regulator board members reappointed

Scottish Housing Regulator board members reappointed

Scottish Ministers have announced the reappointment of Colin Stewart, Helen Trouten Torres and Ewan Fraser to the board of the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR).

Ewan Fraser is a retired chartered quality surveyor who has spent a career in construction and then affordable housing. He has expertise in affordable housing, development and management. He has been a member of the board of the Scottish Housing Regulator for four years and was previously a board member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. Ewan brings his knowledge of regulation and management in affordable housing to the board of the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Colin Stewart became involved in the Scottish housing sector in 2012 when he moved back to Aberdeen after living in London for 26 years. Colin was a member of the inaugural Citizens Council, a committee set up in 2022 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to provide a public perspective on overarching moral and ethical issues.

Since returning to Aberdeen he has been involved with several tenant groups including being Chair of CaRTO (Castlehill’s Registered Tenants Organisation), a member of NETRALT (North East Tenants, Residents and Landlords Together) and chair of North of Scotland Regional Network (region 1). Previously he was on the board of directors for Castlehill Housing Association, serving on its Housing and Property Services and Finance and Development sub-committees. Colin is also chair and co-founder of Our Positive Voice, a forum providing support to people living with and affected by HIV.

Helen Trouten Torres has always had a strong interest in social housing, stemming from her family’s journey from the Gorbals clearance to Castlemilk high and low rise, to the new town of East Kilbride. Her own housing journey has taken her full circle through all housing tenures due to changes in life circumstances. Helen has a deep understanding of the importance of good quality social housing on peoples physical and mental health and their ability to take up opportunities in life.

As well as seeing first hand, through her own experience and years of working in tenancy support with vulnerable young people, she’s also researched the links whilst studying MA (honours) Social Policy at the University of Glasgow. Helen has a varied work experience including Parliamentary briefing, charity donor relations, youth support work and spent seven years living in Rio de Janeiro where she worked as a teacher, academic coordinator, textbook editor and contributing reporter to the Rio Times. Throughout all her work, Helen strives to focus on social inclusion, openness, empowerment and equality. She is a local authority tenant, mother of two young sons and is currently studying for the CIH Diploma in Strategic Housing Management.

The reappointments will be for four years and will run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2027.

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