Brian Frater - Our Board Vice-Chair

Board Brian Frater


I was born in Glasgow but with parents from Melrose and St Boswells have always had strong links with the Borders. I obtained a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning from Glasgow School of Art in 1980 and became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1983. Following a short period in the Highlands I spent the majority of my working life in the Borders in various roles with Borders Regional Council and Scottish Borders Council. Prior to my retirement in 2020 I held the position of Director Regulatory Services and was responsible for a wide range of services including Housing Strategy.

I am a former Chair of Heads of Planning Scotland, the body which represents Chief Planning Officers in Scotland.

I have worked closely with Eildon Housing Association and other Housing Associations across the Borders for many years helping them deliver their strategic housing programmes.

Away from my working life I have been an enthusiastic, but now largely lapsed, jogger.