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People, Places and Partnerships: meet the speakers

9 April 2019 at The Hanover Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

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Community regeneration and engagement is a high priority for both the Scottish Government and SFHA members and on Tuesday 9 April, the federation will be holding a free one-day event exclusively for SFHA members that will showcase and discuss the work of its membership in their thriving communities across Scotland.

The conference will look at community engagement, how to target your resources to make the biggest impact, regeneration, and energy and renewables. Aimed at senior staff and board alike, delegates will hear from senior figures from the across the sector who will talk about their community strategy and regeneration.  

Speakers at the event include:

Helen Forsyth, Chief Executive, Berwickshire Housing Association

Helen Forsyth has been the Chief Executive of Berwickshire Housing Association for nearly 12 years and joined the association from Places for People where she was Regeneration Director. Previously to this role, Helen was the Chief Executive at Edinvar Housing Association. Helen’s background has involved working in the public and health and social care sectors as well as not for profit organisations.

Brendan Fowler, Director, Prospect Community Housing

Brendan Fowler is Director of Prospect Community Housing. He graduated with a degree in Politics and Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh in 1994 and then proceeded to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing at Heriot Watt University. Brendan worked for Canmore Housing Association (now Dunedin Canmore) from 1996 to 2004 in a variety of roles, all housing management related. He has worked for Prospect Community Housing since 2004, initially as Housing Manager and since 2014 as its Director. 

Martin Wilkie-McFarlane, Director, Wellhouse Housing Association

Martin has over 34 years’ housing experience in local authorities, registered social landlords and community housing projects in both Scotland and London. He also worked in the private sector in France and the charity sector in a national role with Shelter Scotland. In spring 2016, Martin returned to community-based social housing as the Director of Wellhouse Housing Association. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, studied housing at the University of Glasgow and has a Postgraduate Master of Arts Degree in housing, awarded with distinction.

Join SFHA at this free event which is exclusively for members. It is taking place 9 April 2019 at The Hanover Conference Centre in Edinburgh. conveniently located off Leith Walk in Edinburgh’s city centre, it offers easy access from all major transport links.

Book your free place through the SFHA website using its new events booking system. For more information or to book your place, click here.

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