Economic and regulatory uncertainty, the climate emergency and planning reform are just a few of the challenges currently facing the home building industry in Scotland.

Brodies' Homes 2023 Conference brought together key stakeholders across the residential sector to explore and discuss those challenges and identify possible solutions to help deliver more homes across all tenures.

Watch highlights from our Homes 2023 Conference



Registration and refreshments


Welcome by Nick Scott, Managing Partner, Brodies and Event Chair, Elaine Farquharson-Black, Partner, Brodies


Keynote Address – Paul McLennan MSP, Minister for Housing 


Housing Market Update – John Boyle, Director of Research & Strategy, Rettie & Co


Panel Session 1: How to deliver net zero homes

  • Panel Chair: Allan Cairns, Partner, Brodies
  • Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Stewart Milne Homes 
  • Matt Bridgestock, Managing Director, John Gilbert Architects 
  • Calum Murray, Managing Director, CCG Homes 
  • Steve Petrie, Regional Director Scotland, Scottish Gas Zero  




Panel Session 2: Funding the delivery of affordable homes

  • Panel Chair: Jenna Monteith, Senior Associate, Brodies
  • Ann Leslie, CEO, LAR Housing
  • Owain Roberts, Head of Regeneration and Strategy, Wheatley Group
  • Graeme Steel, Head of Corporate & Institutional Real Estate & Housing Scotland, Bank of Scotland
  • Gillian Hessett, Land Manager, Cala Homes (West)


Project Recce – Steve Petrie

Project Recce delivers training to prepare veteran and service leavers for a sustainable career in the UK construction industry. For more information about the charity please visit


Panel Session 3: Cracking the Planning Code

  • Panel Chair: Neil Collar, Partner, Brodies
  • Ian Aikman, Chief Planning & Housing Officer, Scottish Borders Council. Chair of Heads of Planning
  • Bruce Walker, Regional Strategic Land Director, Barratt Homes. Chair of the Homes for Scotland National Planning Committee
  • Michaela Sullivan, Strategic Land and Planning Director, Avant Homes
  • Johanna Boyd, Chief Executive, PAS (Planning Aid Scotland)


Wrap-up by ChairElaine Farquharson-Black



Housing in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities in 2023

From February to May 2023 we hosted a series of independently moderated roundtable discussion in each of our Scottish offices: Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness. The events were attended by housebuilders and developers, social and private landlords, planning authorities and third sector and special interest groups. Our report Housing in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities 2023 summarises the key issues that were identified in the discussions and Brodies' observations on how these can be addressed.

About the Brodies Team

Brodies is at the forefront of advising on residential development in Scotland. Applying expertise, local knowledge and market connections, colleagues from across our real estate, planning, construction, banking, tax and government, regulatory and competition teams advise on all aspects of the lifecycles of living schemes, from planning to site assembly, construction, funding and leasing, housing management and registered social landlord governance and finance. With unrivalled expertise, we provide strategic, tailored advice, to help all stakeholders navigate the intricacies of delivering residential development across Scotland and achieve the optimum outcome - find out more.