She had been a Labour MSP MSP from 1999 to 2016 and took up her role at SFHA in 2017
A senior third sector figure is to return to her former role as an MSP.
Sarah Boyack will re-enter the Scottish Parliament, giving up her position as head of public affairs at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).
She had been a Labour MSP MSP from 1999 to 2016 and then took up her role at SFHA in 2017.
Boyack will take up the seat vacated by former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale who announced that she will step down as an MSP for the Lothian region at Holyrood in July.
Under the Scottish Parliament’s system, Boyack is next on Scottish Labour’s list to take up Dugdale’s seat.
Boyack said she has “unfinished business” at Holyrood: “I’ve had the privilege to work with SFHA, its members and stakeholders for the last two years and have seen the impact both of the Scottish Parliament in framing social landlords’ work as well as the effects of housing associations’ support for their communities and the affordable, safe and secure homes that they provide for tenants.
“However, there is unfinished business for me. During the last three years, the case for concerted action on climate change and the need to redouble our efforts to tackle poverty has accelerated. In Edinburgh, the affordable, accessible housing that people need has become harder and harder to secure. And then there’s the uncertainty and division caused by Brexit.
“These are huge challenges, and I relish the opportunity to serve in the Scottish Parliament again, helping to make an impact on such key issues.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at SFHA, as well as the Board, members and stakeholders, for the pleasure of working in such a great sector.”
Sally Thomas, SFHA Chief Executive, added: “During her time with SFHA, Sarah has made a significant contribution to the organisation in her role as head of public affairs.
“We look forward to working with Sarah over the coming months to ensure continuity of service. We will make it a priority to ensure members are kept up to date with plans going forward.
“On behalf of the SFHA and our board, I would like to thank Sarah and wish her well for her return to the parliament.”