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Trustee profile: Neil McInnes

Decisions on behalf of the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust are made by an experienced board of Trustees. The Trustees are introduced here in a series of short Q&A posts...


Trustee representing Propertymark since 2021

Why is the Trust important to you?

NM: "The projects we fund make a real difference to people's lives in and around the PRS."

"There are hundreds of thousands of people living in, or invested in, the PRS in Scotland. For tenants, the PRS is their home and for many landlords, their rental property is their pension or financial security. The PRS is a real melting pot of people. Consequently, the range of complex issues that require support, better understanding or education are countless. The Trust is important to me because it funds projects that are specifically aimed at educating different stakeholder groups in the PRS and advances and improves conflict resolution in the PRS. When you're dealing with people's homes, the stakes are always high and the range of issues, coupled with a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment, means there are always people in the PRS who need help but are not getting it. The Trust aims to help as many of those people as it can."

What would you say to anyone who is submitting an application to the Trust?

NM: "Firstly, well done and thank you for identifying something in the PRS where you want to make a difference. We're with you!"

"Before submitting your application, it's worth having a conversation with someone at the Trust first so we can help you position your proposal in a way that's going to be easiest for the Trustees to understand, and hopefully agree to fund. Don't worry if you don't quite get it right the first time. If your proposal isn't approved for funding, we'll explain why and it might be that you can improve the application and reapply in the future. The main thing is that you apply. There's a 0% chance of receiving funding if you don't apply, and remember that we want you to be successful and make a difference."

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