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Governance Conference 2022
Dynamic Earth

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Tue, 4 Oct from
09:30 to 16:00 (BST)


Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS


From £240

Stronger on the other side – a resilient and thriving sector

About the conference

Due to the pandemic, this will be the first in person SFHA conference relating to governance since February 2020.

A great deal has changed since then in our sector and in the world in general, but strong governance remains as crucial as ever in ensuring the success of an organisation.

This conference will explore lessons learned from the pandemic and demonstrate how the sector has emerged stronger on the other side despite unprecedented challenges. Throughout the day there will be real life examples from across the sector and beyond.

This will include shared experiences from governance specialists; regulators and other RSLs – offering delegates an insightful and widespread perspective.

Why attend?

This participative, engaging conference will be hugely beneficial to any staff or governing body members who attend, regardless of level of experience.

Who should attend?

This conference will provide an opportunity for both staff and governing body members who attend to network with peers from across the country and come away with fresh ideas and different perspectives.

Date & venue

This conference takes place on Tuesday 4 October at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh located in the Holyrood area of the city.

Costs & how to book

The delegate rate for this conference starts at £240 for SFHA members and £335 for non members.

Special Offers

We are offering group discount when you buy 2 delegate places get 1 free.

*This discount will automatically be calculated at checkout.

To book your place use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this page. 


Member Price £240

Non-member Price £335

Governance Conference 2022 at Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS


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Programme Listings

Governance Conference

Stronger on the other side – a resilient and thriving sector

09:45               Registration and Tea/Coffee

10:15               Conference Welcome

10:30               Plenary – What does a resilient organisation look like?

During the pandemic, SFHA formed the sector resilience group in conjunction with Scottish Government and key stakeholders from across the sector. The group included the Scottish Housing Regulator, as well as a number of RSLs who were able to provide crucial input from the coal face.  In this session we’ll reflect on their experience of the pandemic, what this has meant for governance and how this learning can be used moving forward.  It will also explore the SHR’s new focus on resilience and what this might mean for regulation.

11:30               Tea/Coffee                 

11:45               Breakouts Block A 

A1                    Governing body succession planning

Ensuring the continued strength of the governing body is an essential aspect of succession planning within any organisation. Across the sector, there are many innovative approaches and resources available. This session will look at examples from across the country and how they have worked in practice, including ways to keep former governing body members connected to the organisation in an ambassadorial role; different approaches to the nine-year rule; and different approaches to governing body recruitment.    

A2                    Ensuring the governance of our organisation is understood

This session will explore how to ensure governance is understood internally – though effective reporting; minutes; and documentation provided to governing body members. It will also look at examples of materials provided by RSLs to their governing bodies in practice - such as governance handbooks - and how these can enhance understanding across the organisation in practice.  SFHA will be producing further guidance in this area, and this session will explore potential content with delegates.

A3                    Not one size fits all

This session will celebrate the different types of organisation that exist within the sector, looking at the different constitutional models that exist and what governance challenges each present. 

12:45               Lunch

13.45               Breakout sessions Block B

(repeated as above)

B1                    Governing body succession planning

B2                    Ensuring the governance of our organisation is understood

B3                    Not one size fits all

14:45               Tea/Coffee

15:00               Plenary - New SFHA Guidance: Next Steps

15;45               Plenary - Stronger on the other side

The SHR has very rarely had to use its statutory powers to intervene at RSLs due to the strong governance within the sector. Even on the rare occasions this has occurred, there are inspiring examples of how organisations have worked tirelessly to turn things around and achieve the best outcome for tenants. This session will explore both an example of where an organisation transferred its engagements to another following intervention and an example of when an organisation retained its independence.                              

16:30               Conference close


Important Notice:

This programme is correct at the time of going to press.  We reserve the right to make alterations or substitutions if necessary.  Views expressed by speakers at the event or in documents or notes provided are their own and may not necessarily be the view of the SFHA.


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Linda Ewart

Linda Ewart has provided support to a wide range of housing associations, first in a variety of roles with the SFHA and, in the last ten years, as an independent consultant. 

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With a background, in policy development and good practice advice, she has experience in many fields and has led sector negotiations on regulatory matters, lobbied government and politicians and influenced legislation and policy. 

As an independent consultant, Linda has specialised in housing association governance, working with governing bodies and staff on a wide range of issues including business and strategic planning, policy review and development and regulatory compliance.  

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