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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Scotland appoints new board member


The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (CIH Scotland) has confirmed the appointment of Gavin Smith from Fife Council to the Scotland board.

Gavin Smith

Gavin has worked in various roles in a number of different housing policy areas for almost 25 years and is currently a Service Manager at Fife Council, one of Scotland’s biggest landlords, with responsibility for homelessness, housing access and service commissioning arrangements. Gavin previously served on the CIH Scotland board back in 2010 and is also vice chair of Ore Valley Housing Group.

Commenting on his appointment, Gavin said:

“I am delighted to be back for a second spell on the CIH Scotland board and for the opportunity to raise the profile of the sector. I am truly inspired by the positive work that housing professionals do on a daily basis to make a difference to people’s lives and it will be great to bring this to the board. I look forward to supporting the work of CIH Scotland and continuing to support colleagues to develop their careers and provide excellent housing services for both now and in the future.”

Esther Wilson, chair of CIH Scotland said:

“We are delighted to welcome Gavin back to the CIH Scotland board at such an important time for housing in Scotland. Gavin brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in both housing and homelessness from a local authority perspective and this will be invaluable as the sector looks to deliver on the commitments to implement Rapid Rehousing and Housing First, as set out in the HARSAG recommendations.”



Notes to Editors

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at

2. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, national director of CIH Scotland at 

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