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24 -26 Feb, Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

Taking the Fear Out of Finance
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

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Fri 24 - Sun 26, Feb from
12:30 to 14:30 (BST)


1 West Victoria Dock Road
, Dundee, DD1 3JP

About the Conference

Finance can be a complex business and whilst board members don't need to understand each and every aspect of their organisation's finances, with important decisions being taken by the board around STRATEGIC PLANNING, RISK and BUDGETS it's important that they have an a sound understanding of the financial well-being of their organisation.

This weekend Finance Conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to get comfortable with complex strategic and operational finance issues in a relaxed learning environment.  It will seek to demystify the language that accountants use and help you understand what questions to ask.

Over the course of the weekend, delegates will be able to ask all of the questions they have perhaps been wary about asking previously.  We will take you through the regular reports you receive, highlighting the parts critical to Governing Body and Board Members giving you the confidence to ask questions and challenge effectively. Phrases such as “that’s a silly question” or “the answer is obviously…” will be banned.  We also promise to use as little jargon as possible.

The weekend is hard-working, but strives to strike the balance between work and the opportunity to relax and meet up with others who are as committed as you are to the housing movement. There's also the opportunity to visit a local housing association on Saturday afternoon.

Is the conference for you?

The conference is aimed at all Board/Governing Body Members of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland wishing to improve their understanding of finance. 

The programme has been designed to make it particularly suitable for:

  • New Board/Governing Body Members
  • Board/Governing Body Members with little experience of dealing with financial reports
  • Board/Governing Body Members wishing to improve their understanding so that they can play a more active part in their organisation’s meetings

Costs and How To Book

Residential  places are available from £615.00 for SFHA members and you can book your place using GET TICKETS above.


The conference will be held at the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee.  Situated in the City Centre, this modern, purpose built hotel features quay views and is close to both road and public transport links.  It offers modern, well-appointed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring both a bath and separate shower.  Free wi-fi is available to all guests.  For your conference downtime, the shops of the city centre are close by or make use of the hotel’s excellent Yu Spa, which offers an ozone swimming pool, Japanese style hot tubs as well as sauna and steam rooms and a fully equipped fitness gym.  The Spa also offers a full range of treatments and therapies.  For details of all the facilities within the hotel, visit their website at www.apexhotels.co.uk and click on the link for Dundee.


Speakers & Biographies

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Dorothy McKinney
Dorothy McKinney Ltd

Dorothy McKinney grew up in Northern Ireland during the years described as the ‘Troubles’ and that her intense commitment and passion for equity, fairness and ‘Doing the Right Thing’ grew.

Dorothy has expertise in managing conflict in the workplace and specialises in complex investigations and conflict resolution at Board and Director level. 

Rather than simply ‘fixing’ the presenting problem Dorothy’s passion is to identify the cause and make recommendations that  will quickly resolve the situation and bring about a new way of thinking and working that positively impacts on the business.

Dorothy believes that her role is to go beyond service provider and work in partnership with organisations that share her passion for “Creating Environments where People and Teams Thrive

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Richard Mackie
RSM UK Consulting LLP

As Associate Director, Richard has a strong housing and social enterprise back ground. Chair of the Scotland Group and Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, Richard has studied, taught and worked in the risk management field for over 16 years. Having started his career in insurance Richard has had exposure to a number of different risk cultures, frameworks and been able to identify successful approaches. His previous roles before RSM have included diverse risk environments such as Education, Fire & Rescue Service, Local Government in New Zealand and Healthcare. A “Not for profit” award winner, Risk manager of year to author of numerous high profile articles covering subjects such as risk management culture, emerging risk and in particular combining the traditional Risk Management approach and Business Continuity concepts to form the Risk Velocity Framework Matrix. In this time Richard has become globally known for his innovative, user friendly approaches and applications to Risk Management. 

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Caron Quinn
Quinn Internal Audit & Business Support Services

Caron is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland, the Institute of Risk Management and the Chartered Institute of Housing.  Caron is also Vice Chair of Melville Housing Association, Dalkeith and a member of the Association’s Audit Subcommittee.

Caron is also Chair of West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau and a member of the Governance and the Policy & Procedural Subcommittees and Member of the Citizens Advice Scotland Policy Forum Group.

Caron has been an internal auditor for 25 years in both the UK and Australia. Over the last 12 years, Caron has focussed her career path primarily on the provision of internal audit and business support services within the Scottish social housing sector.  Internal audits undertaken and business services delivered by Caron cover all aspects of an RSL’s business. In April 2015, Caron formed ‘Quinn Internal Audit & Business Support Services’ to provide bespoke, specialist services to the Scottish social housing sector.  There is now a team of five full-time audit staff and two business support officers working for Quinn Internal Audit & Business Support Services. The firm currently provides internal audit and/or business support services to 56 Scottish RSLs.

Caron’s progression up the ‘internal audit ladder’ evidences her ability, skills and knowledge as an internal audit practitioner, leader and strategic thinker.  Her experience working with a number of RSLs of varying size has given Caron a specific skill set that allows her to assess the effectiveness of an RSL at a detailed, operational level - as well as strategically.


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