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The future of finance post-2021

Find out more at this year’s SFHA Finance Conference, 12 and 13 November, Crieff Hydro

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The Scottish Government has started work on its post-2021 housing programme which it states will allow the country to reimagine a housing system and create a vision for housing between now and 2040.  

To close this year’s Finance Conference, there will be a panel session that will discuss progress with the current housing programme as well as what work has been done so far on creating a vision for how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options, choice and investment required to get us there. Delegates will hear a range of views on what we might see in the future regarding financing the sector, with the panel including Piers Williamson from The Housing Finance Corp and Polly Jones from SFHA.   

Piers has been the Chief Executive of The Housing Finance Corporation (‘THFC’ – a £7 billion not-for-profit lender to UK housing associations) for the last 17 years, working extensively with government and government agencies and viewed as a sector expert on all aspects of housing finance.  

He has over 35 years of experience of the UK, US and European financial markets, specialising in bank treasury risk management, securitisation and the interface between private sector financing and government. He holds professional qualifications in both treasury and banking and, in addition to his duties at THFC, served as a non-executive member of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee for Social Housing between 2012 and 2015.  

Polly Jones joined SFHA as Head of Membership and Policy in April 2019. Prior to taking up the role, she was Project Manager for A Menu for Change Project at Oxfam Scotland. Polly has 20 years’ experience working on policy and campaigns for a range of civil society organisations.   

Prior to her move to Scotland, she lived in London and was Head of Policy and Campaigns at Global Justice Now and spent 10 years working for public sector union UNISON. Polly has been Chair of the Trade Justice Movement and Vice-Chair of War on Want. She is an expert on the delivery of public services, committed to exposing the root causes of poverty – at home and internationally, and has a record of working with others to deliver change.  

Delegates of the conference will also hear from motivational speaker Adrian Webster; Ian Brennan, Director of Regulation at the Scottish Housing Regulator; and Jon McLaren, an economist who will give his Brexit update.  

The conference also includes a range of workshops on key issues relevant to finance and senior staff, including financial risk and stress testing, cybercrime, preparing for the new data collection, alternative funding, and the cost benefits of collaboration.  

This year’s conference returns to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, located just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Residential places start from £550 for SFHA members (early bird rate) and £870 for non-members (early bird). Day delegate rates start at £280. If you book three places, you will receive a fourth day place for free. 

To view the full programme, and to book your place, please visit the ‘what’s on’ section of the SFHA website.