ALAN Ferguson, who has died aged 64, did a great deal to enhance the status and increase the influence of the housing profession in Scotland. His approach was grounded in a belief in social justice and empathy for tenants and the homeless. His commitment to equality involved supporting new initiatives and organisations, and assisting those who represented the most excluded and unrepresented in Scottish society.
He had studied at the University of the West of Scotland and then, to further his interest in community work, at Dundee College of Education.
His experience as a community worker and campaigner in Glasgow, Cambuslang and Wishaw between 1979 and 1988 was crucial to the impact he would make in his career. Working for community groups, he found he was spending more and more time on housing issues, gaining first-hand experience of the effects of poor-quality housing and poor service. This drove him to