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A senior figure at the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) is to step down next year after 12 years with the organisation. 

Ian Brennan is leaving the Scottish Housing Regulator after working there for 12 years

Ian Brennan is leaving the Scottish Housing Regulator after working there for 12 years

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Ian Brennan, director of regulation at the SHR, is leaving as he said he feels it is “the right time”. It is unclear at this stage what Mr Brennan’s plans are after he leaves.

An SHR spokesperson told Social Housing: “Ian will retire from his role as director of regulation at a date to be agreed between Ian and SHR.”



Mr Brennan joined the regulator in 2009 as head of business analysis. He became director of finance and risk in 2013 and took on his current role in 2018. Earlier in his career, he spent 12 years at Glasgow University, including as head of internal audit.

He also sits on the board at Historic Environment Scotland.

Mr Brennan 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.”

Michael Cameron, chief executive of the SHR, 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.”

The SHR said it is starting the process to replace Mr Brennan.

It comes after last week ministers appointed two new members to the SHR board.

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