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Annual Conference Housing Scotland 22
Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

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Tue 14 - Wed 15, Jun from
10:00 to 15:15 (BST)


Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow
301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL


From £570

About the conference

SFHA’s Annual Conference is Scotland’s leading social housing event. It provides an opportunity for sector leaders to hear from experts, gain skills, and exchange ideas in order to prepare for, and shape, the future of housing in Scotland. 

This year’s conference, sponsored by AICO, will explore key themes, including:  

  • Are we building the right homes in the right places? 
  • What are the future financing arrangements that will allow us to build and respond to the challenges of existing homes? 
  • What do successful places and communities look like post-Covid? 

Delegates will also hear expert speakers discussing climate change and net zero, sector and organisational culture and tackling poverty and inequality.  

The programme just been announced and we look forward to seeing you in Glasgow.

Date & Venue

This year's conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow city centre on Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 June 2022. 

The purpose built, architecturally striking Radisson Blu offers a superb location in central Glasgow.

Within walking distance of Glasgow Central Station and with Queen Street Station closeby the hotel offers easy access by road, rail or air.

Carbon Consultancy

As part of our efforts to run more sustainable events, we are, again, working with Conference Care and their Carbon Consultancy to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference.

Conference Care has been Carbon Neutral since 2010 and believe that some of the best practices can be put into use by sharing with their customers and creating a more sustainably focused events industry, which is why they have developed Carbon Consultancy by Conference Care.

We are asking you to tell us about your travel, accommodation and any specific catering needs for the conference. It only takes a few minutes to complete and your information enables us to measure the overall carbon footprint of our Annual Conference and gain advice on how to reduce this footprint.

To help us to undertake our carbon consultancy work, we are asking attendees to complete a short form by close of play Thursday 26 May.

Click here to complete the form.

What we are doing to ensure your safety

The safety of our delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and our staff team is of paramount importance to SFHA. Our in-person events will be run in accordance with official Scottish Government guidance as well as any venue-specific regulations. Health, safety, and hygiene measures

There will be a number of measures at the event to help minimise any risk:  

Social distancing

There will not be a requirement for social distancing, however, we will have introduced a number of measures at the event to help minimise any risk, such as increased spacing between aisles and chairs.

Mask wearing

The wearing of masks at our physical events is voluntary.

​During the event

  • SFHA staff members will be on hand throughout the event to help direct delegates to where they need to go to in the venue and will provide information and assistance.
  • Contactless payment will be available, where possible.
  • Physical materials replaced with digital alternatives e.g. Event app 
  • Enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising 

Click here to view the safety measures Radisson Blu has in place.

Costs & how to book

Early bird residential places start at £570 for SFHA members and £890 for non members.

Or come along for the day with prices starting at £280 for SFHA members. 

Special Offers!!!

SFHA are offering a variety of special offers for the conference this year:

Early Bird Residential Place have been extended to Thursday 5 May so dont miss out and book your place.

Book three and bring a colleague for free!*

If your organisation books three day delegates you can bring a fourth delegate for free

To book your place please use the 'book now' button at the top of this page. 


Member Price £570

Non-member Price £890

Annual Conference Housing Scotland 22 at Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL


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Lesley Baird profile image

Lesley Baird

Lesley has worked with TPAS from 1996 to 2022, she was CEO for 25 years. While she worked for TPAS Lesley worked with tenant and landlord organisations all over Scotland, supporting and building participation.   Scotland has a long and strong history of participation, happy to say that the TPAS team has been instrumental in developing best practice across Scotland, in rural, urban, island settings and with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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Lesley is skilled in developing partnerships between landlords and tenants, ensuring tenants voices are strong, are heard and are taken into account in decisions.

Although Lesley has stood down her role as CEO of TPAS she will continue to work alongside TPAS as an associate as well as undertaking her own projects.

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Dr Vikki McCall
University of Stirling

Dr McCall’s work has included extensive research on housing, ageing and stigma, having leadership roles in many projects focusing on housing, ageing the role of front-line workers, service users, volunteers and the policy process. She is currently leading the INVITE Project. Promoting INclusive liVing vIa Technology-Enabled support looking at supporting Inclusive Living support for older people in residential care in partnership with Stonewater Housing Association (funded by the Longleigh Foundation) as well as Adaptations Policy and Practice project (funded by CaCHE and Age Scotland) and Co-Investigator on the UKRI funded Designing homes for healthy cognitive ageing: co-production for impact and scale (DesHCA) project.

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Dr McCall teaches on the CIH Accredited Housing Studies MSc/postgraduate programme at the University of Stirling teaching over 100 housing professionals throughout the UK. Vikki was part of the team that won the Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship (2017) for work on tackling urban stigmatisation in disadvantaged communities. Dr McCall led the development of the www.asume.co.uk website, a resource for researchers as well as health and housing practitioners to access the findings of a comprehensive UK study on dementia and volunteering. McCall is an expert in co-production and also part of the team that worked with the Scottish Government to inform the development of Scotland's Volunteering Outcomes Framework. Dr McCall is member of the Social Policy Association Executive Committee and Editorial Board member of Social Policy & Society.

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Lorna Cameron
Horizon Housing Association

Lorna joined Horizon Housing Association at the end of 2019 after working for over 30 years in local authority social work and housing services in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross and Stirling.

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She is experienced in housing and community care strategic planning and operational management, as well as in health and social care strategic planning and commissioning. Lorna's passion is equality and fairness, social justice and empowering people to manage and make choices about their lives. Housing is a human right, and we should all be able to live in safe, accessible, inclusive and supportive homes and communities. achieving our full potential as active citizens.

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Bill Scott
Poverty and Inequality Commission

Bill was appointed as chair of the Poverty & Inequality Commission in 2019. He has been at Inclusion Scotland for 15 years and is currently their Senior Policy Advisor. Before joining the Third Sector in 1989 Bill worked in the Department of Employment. 

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He has also previously worked as: a Senior Researcher in the Scottish Parliament; as Deputy Manager of Pilton Community Health Project; as Director of Lothian Anti-Poverty Alliance; as a Racial Equality Officer and as an Employment and Welfare Rights Worker. He also serves on a number of Scottish Government advisory groups (e.g. Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group and Minimum Income Guarantee Expert Group).

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Kevin Garvey
National Housing Federation

Kevin is the National Housing Federation’s lead on the sustainability and climate change agenda, with a strong interest in the opportunities and challenges facing housing associations across the UK. 

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Prior to working at NHF Kevin worked in policy development for the homelessness charity Shelter, managed a housing options team in local government in England, and has worked in number of public affairs roles both in and around the UK Parliament.

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Stephen Strachan

Stephen Strachan, Principal Consultant (Net Zero Pathways) Changeworksis a low-carbon and renewable energy technology specialist with over ten years’ experience in the sustainability sector. He leads on Changeworks support for local authorities and social landlords in developing strategies to deliver net zero, from initial data analysis, through identification of measures and approaches, to strategy development and delivery.

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Stephen has recently led on the Scottish Government’s Local heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) for 20 local authorities across Scotland, as well as research projects into deep-retrofit and decarbonisation of heat for the Scottish Government. Stephen is also a CIBSE certified Heat Networks Consultant and uses this detailed knowledge to support RSL’s to optimise existing heat networks, then plan and deliver future developments.

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Beth Proctor
Community Housing Cymru

Bethan Proctor has worked with Community Housing Cymru for two and a half years and is policy lead for decarbonisation and building safety.

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She has previously worked for National Energy Action Cymru, where, as a policy officer, she looked to tackle the blight of fuel poverty. She also has experience in politics having worked in the National Assembly for Wales, and in the social sector while working for Children’s Services. 

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Patrick McGrath
Southside Housing Association

Patrick has been Director of Southside Housing Association since 1998 and previously held a number of posts in local authorities and housing associations in Scotland.  

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Prior to joining  Southside Housing Association, Patrick was Senior Housing Consultant with DTZ Pieda and worked on a range of consultancy assignments throughout the UK.  Patrick has held various Board positions within the voluntary housing movement and was also a board member at Homeless Network Scotland.

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Tony Boyle

Tony joined Aico in July 2018 as a regional specification manager before taking up the position as Relationships Manager within the senior management team and subsequently the national sales manager role. 

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Tony is a qualified electrical engineer and a member of the institute of engineering and technology as well as the chartered institute of housing.

Tony’s role as national sales manager is one which involves developing strategic partnerships within the sector and overseeing the specification sales of Aico products U.K wide.

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Dougie Paterson
Berwickshire Housing Association

Dougie joined Berwickshire Housing Association in 2018 and leads on social innovation, including BHA BeFriend and Tenancy Sustainment services. 

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His 38-year career includes leading substance misuse services, implementing national suicide prevention strategies, pioneering overseas development programmes and conducting a diverse range research projects as an independent consultant. He has lived and worked in the Scottish Borders for 10 years and still marvels at the strengths and talents of the community he is privileged to be part of in Berwickshire. He is thrilled to work for BHA and build on its excellent track record of supporting sustainable and thriving communities.

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Ian Rothwell
RW Learning

As a seasoned speaker, facilitator and coach, Ian provides clients with great focus and increased challenge - coupled with a huge appetite to support organisations in order to enhance their performance.

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Ian has worked across both public and private sectors at all levels to include Chief Executives, Directors and Managers. Specialising in Workplace Resilience and Applied Neuroscience, Ian brings enthusiasm, insights and practical solutions to all the clients he works with.

Ian's energetic and challenging style has established an unparalleled track record in strengthening resilience and creating high performing teams and individuals. His appetite for success and his tenacity are infectious, and that’s why clients see him as the go-to for results.

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Adam Lang

Nesta is the UK's innovation agency for social good. Adam leads the work of Nesta in Scotland, working across their missions, practices and partnerships to deliver impact against Nesta's strategic objectives in Scotland.

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Adam previously led Nesta’s work in Scotland with a focus on digital, data and technology driven innovation for social good.

Adam joined Nesta after five years as the Head of Policy and Communications for Shelter Scotland, where he was part of both the charity's UK senior leadership team and Scottish directorate leadership team. Prior to this Adam spent several years working in a range of policy, public affairs and strategic communications roles in Scotland across the public, private and civil society sectors.

Adam is a Fellow of the RSA and is currently a Trustees for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organizations (SCVO), a member of the Scottish Leaders Forum and also sits on the Advisory Board for the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Initiative at the University of Edinburgh. Adam is a member of the Scottish Government's Health and Care Data Strategy working group and is an occasional guest lecturer at the University of Glasgow on the topics of politics, power and data.

Adam was part of the Steering Committee for the Scottish Government’s AI Strategy and previously sat on the Governing Committee for the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA).

Adam has three young children and spends most of his free time trying to stop them from killing each other. When he gets the chance he enjoys cooking, reading, loud music, the cinema and single malt Islay whisky.

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Tom Norris
Places for People Scotland

Tom is Managing Director at Places for People Scotland, one of Scotland's leading housing associations.

 As part of Places for People Group, one of the UK's largest property development and management organisations, Tom oversees the management of around 8,000 homes across Scotland.

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With a passion for challenging the status quo, Tom seeks to create and maintain neighbourhoods that are modern, relevant and fit for the future.

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Diana MacLean
Riverside Scotland

Diana is Managing Director of Riverside Scotland.  As part of the Riverside Group, one the UK’s leading providers of affordable housing and care & support services, Riverside Scotland owns and manages around 2,400 homes across south-west Scotland.

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Diana and her team are proud to be flying the flag for modular construction in partnership with Connect Modular, part of The Wee House Group. Their ground-breaking £9.8million project currently on site at Dundonald, South Ayrshire will provide 63 much needed affordable homes in the area.

Diana has extensive experience of working in the social housing sector across the United Kingdom, both operationally and strategically.   Before joining Riverside Scotland, she held director level roles in operations, customer experience and policy and performance.  She is passionate about developing customer-focused services, and building homes with innovative construction methods, enhanced sustainability and energy efficiency that meet the needs and aspirations of today’s customers.

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Andrew van Doorn

Andrew is the Chief Executive of HACT.  HACT partners with organisations across the housing sector to drive value for residents and communities through insight-led products and services which encourage innovation and foster collaboration.

They help them measure their social value, better understand the communities they serve and connect with like-minded organisations.

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Andrew has worked for HACT for 18 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 29 years.  He is a Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Sally Thomas
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sally Thomas is Chief Executive at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. 

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 She has worked for several housing associations in London and the North East of England, most recently as Head of Community Investment at North Star Housing Group.  Previously, she worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), on regeneration at an urban development corporation, as director of a consultancy specialising in community-based development and leading on social purpose and wider role at the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).

She has co-authored several publications for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, HACT, think tanks and government departments.  The most recent is ‘Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda’, published by Respublica.

She has chaired and served on a variety of boards in the housing, arts, health and charitable sectors.

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Jill Pritchard
Occupational Therapist & Business Change Consultant

Jill Pritchard is an Occupational Therapist specialising in Housing issues & also a Workplace Change Consultant. She previously worked with the Joint Improvement Team of the Scottish Government & subsequently continued supporting Health, Housing & Social Care partnerships via the iHub within Healthcare Improvement Scotland. 

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She now works independently, supporting improvements in the delivery of adaptations, housing solutions & place based interventions at operational & strategic levels within local partnerships, promoting best use of Occupational Therapy & wider  staffing resources to produce better outcomes for people. She was on the steering group for the revised ‘Adaptations without Delay’ guidance, and is passionate about mainstreaming inclusive design and inclusive living. She is the Scotland rep for RCOTSS-Housing, Housing LIN Scotland Coordinator and Vice Chair of Horizon Housing Association.

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Helen Forsyth
Housing Professional

Helen has been a Housing professional in Scotland for the past 23 years working in both rural and urban housing associations. She is Chair of SFHA and Vice Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise as well as a number of interesting board appointments.

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Her career of 43 years has included working in Borneo, working with refugees and the homeless in London as well as time in the public sector. 

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Bryony Willet
Maryhill Housing Association

​Bryony has been Chief Executive of Maryhill Housing since 2017. She joined Maryhill in August 2015 as Director of Housing. 

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Prior to Maryhill Bryony worked at Islington Council for nine years having started as a graduate trainee. Her expertise includes: strategic planning; housing management; asset management; health and safety; business planning; external funding bids; regeneration options appraisals; resident engagement; service development and contract management. Bryony is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Board and was previously a Board Director at Thistle Housing Association and Hyelm Housing Association in London.

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Neil Ferguson
Trust Housing Association

Neil is Head of Strategic Services for Trust Housing Association. He joined Trust in 2014 and has over 15 years experience working in housing and management consultancy, employed in the  housing association sector for the last 10 years.

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Neil is a member of Trust’s Executive Team and leads on a number of support and specialist areas for Trust including strategy, transformation, partnerships, business intelligence, technology and marketing. His main role is to support the business to continually improve and support colleagues to deliver the best possible services to customers.

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Gillian Campbell
Gillian Campbell Consulting

With nearly 25 years’ experience working with local government and registered social landlords, Gillian is passionate about delivering excellent, customer focused services.

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From frontline housing management to strategic development and business planning, Gillian has supported numerous organisations to develop their approaches. She has extensive experience of strategy and policy review, governance support, improvement planning, customer engagement and project management. 

 Gillian has significant insight into the developing policy and regulatory framework in relation to energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation and is supporting the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust with the development of the strategy to increase the use of offsite construction to deliver affordable homes.

 Gillian is chartered member of the Institute of Housing and a member of the Home Scotland Board.

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Dr Martin Valenti

Dr Valenti Joined the SOSE team on 5 July as Director of Net Zero and is leading the economic and community development agency’s efforts to help the region to transition to a NetZero economy. This includes taking forward the work of the South of Scotland Energy Transition Group’s Powering Change call to action.

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The appointment is a significant one for the South of Scotland, with Dr Valenti an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation.

Dr Valenti an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation.

For over 30 years he has worked in a variety of senior management roles shaping and delivering inclusive growth initiatives and directing major collaborative projects.

He has successfully delivered high profile projects for the Scottish Government on climate change and sustainability.

Dr Valenti worked for SEPA for 17 years where he held a number of senior positions. He played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and co-created the award winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. In 2018 he created the Vacant and Derelict Land taskforce to transform how Scotland deals with its post-industrial legacy to make more use of land for commerce and communities.

His most recent role was a secondment at Scottish Enterprise as Head of Climate Enterprise and strategic lead for COP 26.

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Professor Sean Smith
University of Edinburgh

Sean is Chair of Future Construction and Director of the Centre for Future Infrastructure. 

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He chaired the Scottish Government review of future new housing skills, serves on SE Scotland Regional Housing Board and author of the strategy document for future mass retrofit of housing recently published by Scottish Government as part of the Zero Emissions Social Housing task force (ZEST).

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Jennifer Higgins
Wee House Group

 Introducing Jennifer Higgins, Owner and Managing Director of the Wee House Group and the mastermind behind two of the most exciting names in Modular Construction – The Wee House Company and Connect Modular Ltd.

 In 2013 Jennifer launched The Wee House Company, a consumer-focused venture building bespoke modular homes for customers often based in rural locations where traditional construction can be challenging.

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With business booming, Jennifer recognised an opportunity to diversify into the public sector and began undertaking large-scale affordable modular housing projects for Local Authorities and Housing Associations, now delivered under the Connect Modular brand name.

 At just 30 years old, Jennifer has previously been crowned “Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year” and “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”.

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Lindsay Lauder
Wheatley Group

Lindsay was appointed as Wheatley’s Director of Development and Regeneration in July 2021. She is responsible for delivering Wheatley’s ambitious development programme which will see 5500 affordable homes built across Scotland by 2026. 

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Lindsay is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has a background in development management, having led some of the largest development programmes by RSLs in Dumfries and Galloway in recent years. With 16 years of experience in property and development, she will focus on delivering more affordable homes across the region, creating better homes and better lives for customers. Lindsay joined DGHP in 2020 as Development Manager and has a wealth of expertise and has previously held roles including Director of Property and Development with another housing association.

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Julze Alejandre
Scottish Pantry Network

Julze is a health promotion and policy specialist with background in public health nutrition. He is currently working as a policy officer for The Scottish Pantry Network.

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Prior to moving to the UK, Julze has worked for the Philippine government’s health and social welfare department as a public health nutritionist and has managed and coordinated the implementation of local and national health and nutrition policies and programmes such as salt iodisation, food fortification, and dietary supplementation. His talk for the SFHA Annual Conference will focus on how pantries have helped in food insecurity and the cost-of-living crisis.

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