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Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2023

The Scottish Empty Homes Conference returns in 2023

With the theme Repair, Reuse, Revitalise, the 12th Scottish Empty Homes Conference was held on Wednesday 1 March 2023 at The Engine Shed, Stirling.

Thank you to all those who were able to join us in person or via the digital platform. We are also very grateful to our speakers for their time and engaging presentations.

Many thanks to our gold sponsor Finders International, silver sponsors Auction House ScotlandFraser & Fraser, and Brodies LLP, and bronze sponsor Online Property Auctions for their support of this year’s conference.

As announced at the conference, SEHP is partnering with housing specialists Arneil Johnston, to launch new guidance to assist local authorities bring some of Scotland’s nearly 43,000 long term empty homes back into use. The documents are available to view and download from the links below -

Framework Guide

Framework Template

Videos of all presentations can be viewed here:

Keynote address

Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government

Gold sponsor welcome

Katie Watson

Public Sector Development Manager –  Empty Homes

Finders International


From Empty Homes to Social Housing

John Kerr

Housing Development & Homelessness Manager

West Dunbartonshire Council


Applying Big Ideas to Small Houses

Chris Morgan


John Gilbert Architects


Breakout session 1: Sustaining Homes, People and Communities

Catrin Evans

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Officer

Community Impact Initiative Wales

Sponsored by Brodies


Breakout session 2: Retrofit Empty Homes Action Plan (REHAP)

Brighid Carey

Consultancy and Projects Manager

Action on Empty Homes

Sponsored by Fraser & Fraser


Sponsor Presentation

John Loudon

Sales Valuer & Business Development

Auction House Scotland


Draft Strategic Framework Launch

Andy Moseley

Empty Homes Policy and Projects Manager

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership


Donna Milton

Managing Director

Arneil Johnstone


Short film and discussion: Cal and Claire’s Empty Homes Journey

Kelly Ferns

Empty Homes Officer

Argyll & Bute Council

Repair and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

Moses Jenkins

Senior Technical Officer

Historic Environment Scotland

Sponsor Presentation

John Martin

Business Development Manager

Fraser & Fraser


Scottish Empty Homes Awards 2023

The Scottish Empty Homes Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and organisations in the revitalisation of empty homes across Scotland. The award ceremony is held as part of our annual Empty Homes Conference

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Winners of 2023 Awards Announced!

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced the winners of the Finders International 12th Scottish Empty Homes Awards.

The awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the people behind this progress, as our network continues with its mission to transform empty spaces into thriving places. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and organisations in the revitalisation of empty homes across Scotland.

Many thanks to all those who submitted nominations and congratulations to our winners!

The winners for this year’s awards are as follows:

Best use of empty homes work to create social/affordable housing:  For strong contribution to increasing supply of social/affordable housing.


  • Grapes South of Scotland Community Housing


  • Holmhead Place Glasgow City Council
  • High Street Perth & Kinross Council

Best retrofit of an empty home:  For an excellent environmentally friendly improvement to an empty home.


  • Jameswood Villa, Argyll & Bute Council


  • Niddrie Regeneration, LAR Housing Trust
  • Balantrushal Lewis, Western Isles Council

Best use of data to inform empty homes practice: For outstanding examples of using information to get results.


  • Matchmake to rent, Aberdeen City Council


  • Empty Homes Register, Fife Council
  • Data Insights, Homes for Good

Empty Homes rising starFor a new start making a positive impact on empty homes work.


  • Michelle Morrison Dundee


  • Rachel Whale Scottish Borders
  • Karlene Docherty Perth & Kinross

The ceremony took place at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference on 1 March 2023 at The Engine Shed, Stirling.

Now in its twelfth year, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and its network of Empty Homes Officers and partners across Scotland have helped to bring more than 7,700 empty homes back into use.