David Ogilvie

Owner & Director

Ogilvie Independent Housing Consultancy


David is an expert in housing policy and strategic planning with over 20 years’ experience working across the affordable housing sector in a variety of local authority, housing association, representative body and independent consultancy roles across the UK.  He has a decade’s experience influencing housing and related social policy at a national level, as a Policy Manager at SFHA and subsequently as Head of Policy & Public Affairs for CIH Scotland and more recently – for the private housebuilding sector – as Interim Director of Policy for Homes for Scotland in 2017.

His key areas of interest range from homelessness and housing support, to health and social care, community regeneration and social enterprise, and since returning to consultancy in 2015 he has worked on a variety of policy and research consultancy projects including policy reviews, evaluation studies, option appraisals, housing needs assessments, strategic development and guidance for national housing policy.

Early in his career, he led on East Lothian Council’s housing strategy for people with support needs, which included undertaking a community care housing needs assessment engaging with a variety of ‘difficult to reach’ service users.  Through this experience and his own subsequent consultancy experience, David has developed a particular understanding and skill in stakeholder and community engagement and qualitative research.

He has a deep understanding of the RSL sector, having represented the sector whilst at SFHA and having previously served as a Board Member for Link Housing Association and Link Property.  A graduate of Durham University (Sociology, 1994), he gained his Postgraduate Diploma in Housing from Heriot-Watt University in 1998 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  He is an Associate of the Indigo House Group consultancy. 

Past Consultancy Experience

David has experience of working on a diverse range of various commissions across the UK, including:

  • qualitative research and consultation
  • quantitative data analysis and representation 
  • regeneration strategy planning
  • business planning advice and drafting
  • housing management and policy advice
  • mock inspections to assist landlords to comply with regulatory standards
  • facilitating employee consultations in housing stock options appraisals exercises
  • facilitating focus groups to inform local housing needs assessments
  • community and stakeholder consultation exercises and
  • policy evaluation studies


With this combined background, he is well-placed to provide insight on strategic housing policy across all tenures, as well as bespoke research and social policy and communications advice services to a diverse range of clients, including Registered Social Landlords, local authorities, home builders, social enterprises and other third sector organisations.

Experience