North Star Consulting & Research

Freya Lees



Freya has over 25 years experience in housing, research and consultancy. She leads the North Star team and specialises in policy and strategy development, performance review, and governance and regulation.


Sarah has 23 years experience in housing and regeneration. She has particular expertise in rural affordable housing and particular needs housing. Sarah is an expert in residential market analysis and leads on the North Star housing need and demand studies.


Helen has enjoyed a diverse career, including over two decades as an executive director, and as a voluntary Board member for major Scottish housing associations. Her experience provides a strong combination of strategic and practitioner understanding of governance requirements, and of the issues affecting operational service delivery.

Effie has over 15 years experience in housing and economic consultancy. An economist with an eye for detail, Effie leads our economic and demographic profiling, evaluation and appraisal. Effie has an analytical approach and focuses on desk top reviews, data analysis and literature reviews.