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Communications Virtual Conference
Virtual Conference

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Wed, 24 Mar from
09:30 to 14:00 (BST)



From £180

About the event

The coronavirus pandemic has shown just how vital it is that we can communicate effectively with our target audiences and respond to their changing needs.

SFHA’s 2021 Communications Conference will explore lessons learned from responding to the pandemic – and what a post-Covid future could mean for communications staff – and discuss how we can affect behaviour and attitude change through our work.

This conference is for communications staff from the social, third and public sectors. 

Why attend?

Explore key current communications issues led by expert speakers.

Is the conference for me?

Join communication colleagues from the social, third and public sectors. 




Costs and how to book

The conference costs from £180 for SFHA members.

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Our virtual conference platform allows you to watch the sessions on demand for up to three months, so even if you can’t join us live on the day, book your place to make sure you don’t miss out and catch up any time



Member Price £180

Non-member Price £250


Main Sponsor

Orbit Communications

Programme Listings


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Neil Golightly
Cairn Housing Association

Neil has worked at Cairn for 16 years and currently holds the role of Business Services Manager, with responsibilities for marketing and communications, tenant participation, community development and Cairn’s contact centre service.

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Neil originally trained in graphic design before starting his career at an Edinburgh homeless charity where he was Community Development Manager, leading on the development of two social enterprises and a volunteering project for service users.  Outside of work, Neil is splitting his time between the challenges of parenting during lockdown, learning the banjo and studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations.

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Rosie McIntosh
Third Sector Lab

Rosie McIntosh is Head of Content at Third Sector Lab, supporting non-profit organisations to develop and implement effective communications strategies. 

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She has over a decade of experience in strategic communications and has held senior roles in Scottish charities and public bodies including the Mental Welfare Commission, Oxfam and ENABLE Scotland. She is Chair of Outside the Box and manages mental health charity Mind Waves.

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Graeme Downie

Graeme is a Director of Orbit Communications and a communications specialist with over 15 years’ experience.   Graeme has worked previously in the Scottish Government and agency-side in Edinburgh, London and Brussels, working with clients including BT Scotland, airlines, foreign governments, tourism boards, transport organisations and major multi-nationals such as 3M and covering sectors including telecommunications, renewable energy, construction and sports.  

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At Orbit, Graeme heads our work and engagement with our housing clients both in the public and private sector, working for a number of housing associations along with private landlords and construction companies including Cala, Tayor Wimpey, Avant and Lovell.

Graeme also previously headed up the communications activity in Scotland and Northern Ireland for innovation and technology charity Nesta.


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Dr Jon White
University of Reading

Jon White is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society, as well as a chartered practitioner and honorary fellow in the Chartered Insititute of Public Relations.  He has based his career in public relations and business school teaching of the subject on knowledge of the psychological underpinnings of practice.

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He works internationally and for organisations such as the UK's Foreign and Commonweatlth Office, the European Commission and European agencies,  and companies such as Shell.  With a doctorate in psycnology from the London School of Economics, he has written books and articles on many aspects of public relations practice.

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Yvonne Flynn
Wheatley Group

Yvonne Flynn is Director of Communications and Marketing at Wheatley Group.

Yvonne joined GHA, Wheatley’s largest subsidiary, in 2009 following a 20-year career as a journalist.  Initially, she played a major role in transforming GHA’s reputation through effective media and stakeholder relations and went on to help establish Wheatley as one of the UK’s leading housing, care and property-management groups.

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Her work has ranged from launching a suite of new websites and social media platforms (which now have over 40,000 followers) as well as an interactive staff intranet, to devising awarding-winning campaigns and arranging and hosting numerous events.

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