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1 -2 Jun, DoubleTree By Hilton Glasgow Central

Housing the Future - Annual Conference 2017
DoubleTree By Hilton Glasgow Central

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Thu 1 - Fri 2, Jun from
10:30 to 15:00 (BST)


36 Cambridge Street
, Glasgow, G2 3HN

Join us as we open the door to a new chapter in housing. Debate the challenges and explore the possibilities of innovative approaches to succession planning, designing for the future and advancements in technology. 

Scotland’s ambition to build 50,000 affordable homes is our opportunity to shape the housing of the future. Housing associations are known for their expertise in future planning for operational and investment decisions, but what about the most important resource of all – our people?

The SFHA annual conference is the place to join fellow innovators to spark ideas and push boundaries to ensure the sector has a future that shines like a beacon of light. It is said tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Being ahead of the curve is what housing associations do best – so 2017 should be no different.

This conference will explore our chance to lead on a renewed ambition for the next generation. Who will be leading your association in the future? And how can we ensure organisations develop talent in staff, Boards and Committees to ensure they have the right skills? 



The hotel boasts spacious meeting facilities and modern accommodation - all under one roof.  With Glasgow Queen Street and Central Stations closeby and with parking on site and next door the hotel is easy to access by road, rail or air.


Member Discounts

  • Early bird rates
  • Book three and bring a colleague for free!

Follow @sfha_hq #sfhaevents for updates and news.

Conference Media Partner

24 Housing is our media partner for the conference. As our media partner, it will promote the conference via print and digital outlets. 24 Housing will have representatives at the conference who may wish to interview speakers, delegates or exhibitors. They may also be photographing the conference, capturing key moments. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform SFHA staff. Thank you for your co-operation.

Conference Exhibitors 

  • SPA
  • SSE
  • EVH
  • CIH

Interested in exhibiting contact: cmcmillan@sfha.co.uk

Delivered in Partnership

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Speakers & Biographies

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Brian Taylor
BBC Scotland

Brian Taylor is BBC Scotland’s Political Editor, primarily covering politics for all outlets, including network.  Brian joined the BBC in 1985 after working for the written press, including six years at Westminster. 

In addition to news reporting, Brian has compiled several  documentaries.  He has commentated on big events such as the Royal Opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Brian offers analysis of contemporary politics through his regular column  on the BBC website. 

Brian is married with two sons.  Born in Dundee in 1955, Brian was educated at the High School of Dundee.  He graduated M.A. with Honours in English from the University of St Andrews in 1977.

Brian received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008 and from Abertay University in 2010;  and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dundee University in 2015.

Beyond broadcasting, Brian has written two books on politics and co-written several more. 

He has lectured on politics and identity across the world.  He is a fanatical supporter of Dundee United FC.  

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Neil McLean
Social Enterprise

Neil has been the CEO of the Social Enterprise Academy since 2008.  During this time the Academy has become the largest Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre in Scotland, annually supporting around 1,200 people from across Scotland to develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills.   The Academy is now expanding internationally and has recently opened centres with partners in Australia, South Africa and Malawi.


Neil chairs the Implementation Group of the Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh and also is an active member of the Leadership and Governance Forum, a national body reviewing best practice in Governance across the Third Sector.  Recent board experience includes Impact Arts, Scotland’s leading arts based Social Enterprise and First Port, Scotland’s funding and business support agency for new start social entrepreneurs.

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