Homeless Network Scotland announces 3 new appointments 

Homeless Network Scotland has announced three key appointments ahead of its annual conference to drive its ambitious and collaboration-led mission to end homelessness. 

Ed Pybus has joined the team as Policy Advisor and Jamie Milne is the new Communications Lead, while Hazel MacIver will take up her role as Programme Advisor in November. 

They will work across five HNS flagship programmes which focus on prioritising prevention, rapid rehousing, ending rough sleeping and destitution, providing a platform for people with lived experience and driving systemic change to end homelessness. 

Formerly Policy and Parliamentary Officer at Child Poverty Action Group, Ed brings a vast policy knowledge on poverty and social security and will help to connect that with housing and homelessness policy, and through a vibrant network of policy professionals across the wider housing and homelessness network.  

Ed was co-chair of the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security and a member of the Scottish Government’s Minimum Income Guarantee Steering Group.

Hazel is joining HNS from international development and humanitarian organisation Tearfund where she is currently Advocacy and Campaigns Manager. Part of the coalition responsible for influencing the Scottish Government’s pledge at COP26, Hazel was previously Head of Policy and Research for the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament and policy advisor to leaders of the Scottish Labour Party.  

She will provide project management expertise and oversight to increase the impact of Homeless Network Scotland programmes and projects, while pursuing opportunities to support new cross-sector partnerships, alliances and collaborations. 

Jamie held communications positions at Skills Development Scotland and Circularity Scotland, having formerly worked as a journalist for 20 years on national print and digital titles including the Press Association, Reuters, The Guardian and The Scottish Sun.  

Jamie will lead HNS communications and further develop how the organisation creates opportunities for a diverse network to connect, learn and act on homelessness. 

Homeless Network Scotland Chief Executive Marggie Brünjes said: “People are everything, and as a small team making a big impact, we take great care in our recruitment at Homeless Network Scotland. We are excited to welcome Ed, Hazel and Jamie to the team and all three bring significant and varied experience to the table.  

“Ed and Hazel’s deep knowledge of policy and influencing expertise promise to support ever greater impact across our programmes, and Jamie will fine tune our messaging and engagement to mobilise wider participation across our activities.” 

Homeless Network Scotland, in partnership with Wheatley Group, will host Scotland’s annual homelessness conference at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday, 31 October, at the heart of a local authority achieving breakthrough results on homelessness. This year’s theme is ‘Fine Tuned: Striking the Right Chord on Homelessness on Scotland’.  

Guest contributors include Housing Minister Paul McLennan and Perth & Kinross Council chief executive Thomas Glen. Topics under discussion cover rapid rehousing, the scale and nature of women’s homelessness in Scotland, and mitigating the impact of UK immigration policy – while guests will also explore the themes ‘How can we be more brave?’ and ‘How can we be more human?’. 

Hazel MacIver
Programme Advisor  

Now Recruiting

Working at Homeless Network Scotland provides a unique vantage and an opportunity to be involved in major programmes addressing homelessness in Scotland. 

We are a small team that values commitment, flexibility and a sense of perspective. And we offer job autonomy within a supportive and enabling environment where you can bring all your skills – and maybe discover some new ones too.

We are very excited to invite you to review our new posts – please apply before 12 noon on Friday 28 July – or share with someone you know who might be interested.

Policy Advisor
35 hours Mon-Fri | £43,000 – £46,000

Your role in our team will be to connect through a diverse network to instigate and influence the policy and system changes needed to resolve homelessness. And advise on what works and what matters, helping to generate new knowledge and evidence.Our ideal candidate is someone who can influence and advise on policy development and implementation, communicate compelling evidence and knowledge – and ask the right questions in the right places. All while taking account of the range of perspectives and challenges experienced across the sector.

Programme Advisor
35 hours Mon-Fri | £43,000 – £46,000

Your role in our team will be to provide project management expertise and oversight to increase the impact of Homeless Network Scotland’s programmes. And pursue opportunities for the organisation to support cross-sector partnerships, alliances and collaborations that are focused on what works and what matters.Our ideal candidate is someone who can help us to keep improving and delivering on our partner’s expectations across our key programmes and projects. We want to welcome an experienced project manager and a highly relational collaborator. Someone who is organised, proactive – who makes things happen.

Communications Lead 
35 hours Mon-Fri | £37,000 – £40,000

Your role in our team is to design and deliver a communications, engagement and learning strategy that will mobilise wider participation across our work to connect, learn and act on homelessness. 

Our ideal candidate is someone who combines strong writing and content creation skills, with experience of coordinating learning opportunities using creative digital engagement skills. But it might be that you are stronger at some than the other and so long as you can commit to developing with us, then we’d love to hear from you.

Sessional around 2 hours each week/8 hours a month | £13.74 per hour (£25,000 full-time equivalent)

We are increasing our team of Associates with lived experience of homelessness. 25 posts are available – 10 in Glasgow and 15 across Scotland. You will be joining one of two exciting teams – All in For Change or GHIFT at the Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness. Around 2 hours each week/8 hours a month is available. Around 4 hours each week/16 hours per month for people who are eligible and want to apply to be part of both teams.

We are looking for Associates who are passionate about making things better for everyone involved in homelessness. People who give off good vibes and are non-judgemental and open minded to different ideas. And who can relate to at least one skill set – as an influencer, connector, researcher or communicator. Find out more in the recruitment pack.

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