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SFHA to host induction training for new governing body members

1 November–7 December, online training.

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Following a busy season of board elections, SFHA will launch a new induction training programme this November, designed exclusively for its members and their newly appointed governing body members.  

Linda Ewart, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in governance – including authoring much of SFHA’s governance guidance – will deliver the training on behalf of SFHA. The training will comprise three virtual, interactive sessions over Microsoft Teams. The course will also include a template for a fourth session to be delivered by the governing body member’s organisation, outlining elements that are specific to it. 

The sessions will explore the role of the governing body member, an introduction to the social housing sector, looking internally at governance within your own organisation, and seeking assurance.  

Meet the speaker

Linda Ewart 

Linda Ewart has provided support to a wide range of housing associations, first in a variety of roles with SFHA and, in the last 10 years, as an independent consultant.  

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

Here’s a quick overview of the training sessions: 

The role of a governing body member – Tuesday 1 November 

  • An overview of the role and the code of conduct 
  • Entitlements, payments, and benefits 
  • The distinction between strategic and operational roles 

The big picture – Tuesday 15 November 

  • An introduction to the sector and the current issues  
  • Defining an RSL and looking at the history of RSLs 
  • Key regulators and regulatory framework 

Internal induction – in your own time, between 21 and 28 November 

  • Governance within your organisation 
  • Arrange meetings with key people
  • Tour of stock 
  • Key issues facing the organisation 

Seeking assurance – Wednesday 7 December 

  • Scrutiny and challenge 
  • How to gain assurance and self-assurance toolkit 
  • What should be discussed at meetings and questions that should be asked 

Tickets are priced at:  

This training is exclusively for SFHA members and costs £400.  

The training programme is now open for bookings, with places limited to 15 per cohort to ensure every delegate can fully engage with each session.  

Please note: SFHA will run this programme again in early 2023, if there is demand. Those who are not able to book for the Nov/Dec programme will be added to a waiting list. 

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