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Development Conference 2024
Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

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Tue, 12 Mar from
10:00 to 16:15 (BST)


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


From £252

Development has never been more important as we seek to address the urgent need for housing, during a difficult economic climate with increasing standards.  

Come along to hear from other members on how they’re approaching development, from experts on risks and opportunities and from government on reaching our affordable housing goals.

Why attend?

  • Hear about the trends in development and how housing associations have been addressing the unique challenges of the last few years. 
  • Explore different types of development, the evidence on them and how they’ve worked on the ground. 
  • Discuss upcoming legislative changes and tell policy makers what needs to be considered for social housing providers in Scotland. 

Who should attend 

The conference will be of interest to those involved in all aspects of the development process, as well as attendees from the Scottish Government and the construction industry.  

It provides an unrivalled networking opportunity for anyone who provides development and related services to housing associations and co-operatives and their customers.  

Date & venue

The event will take place on Tuesday 12 March 2024 at Radisson Blu, Glasgow. The hotel offers a superb location in central Glasgow. Within walking distance of Glasgow Central Station and with Queen Street Station close by the hotel offers easy access by road or rail. 


Our vision for future SFHA events is to produce them to the highest quality while ensuring that they are sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint, where possible. 

Ways you could help us reduce our carbon footprint at this event:

  • Take public transport, cycle or walk
    • Did you know a train produces 0.07kg of CO2e per mile compared to a car which is 0.36kg or a short haul flight which is 0.44kg?
  • Download the conference app to save paper
  • Bring a refillable water bottle
  • Use recycling bins provided

Read our full sustainability policy here

Cvent - event app guides

We are delighted we will be using our new event app, Cvent, at this conference. Click here to find our Cvent guides.

Costs & how to book

Delegate rates start at £252 for SFHA members and £351 for non members.

Book two places and bring a colleague for free! *   

We’re offering a group discount: buy two of the same ticket type and another colleague can attend for free.  

*Tickets must all be the same type and booked at the same time to receive the deal, excludes residential tickets* 

The discount will be automatically calculated on checkout.  

To book your place, use the book now buttom at top of page. 


Member Price £252

Non-member Price £351

Development Conference 2024 at Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL


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Patrick Harvie
Scottish Government

Patrick Harvie was reappointed as the Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights in March 2023.

He spent his childhood in Dumbarton, and attended Dumbarton Academy followed by Manchester Metropolitan University. Before becoming an MSP he worked for a sexual health charity as an LGBT youth worker in Glasgow, and was involved in the campaign to repeal Section 28 during the Scottish Parliament's first session. 

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Mr Harvie was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in 2003, has served as Convenor of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee during session 3, and as Co-Leader or Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party since 2008. He was appointed Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights in August 2021. 

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Josiah Lockhart

Josiah Lockhart is Chief Executive of Changeworks, Scotland’s leading charity delivering innovative and high-impact solutions for low-carbon living.

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Before joining Changeworks, Josiah was CEO of social enterprise support agency FirstPort. Josiah is an expert in strategy and one of Scotland’s leading social entrepreneurs and a champion of supporting innovative and equitable solutions to tackling the climate emergency and addressing issued faced by people in our communities.

Josiah will lead Changeworks into an ambitious period of growth and expansion as part of the organisation’s 2022-25 strategy Decarbonising Scotland’s Homes.

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Joanna Long

As Senior Impact Evaluation Consultant at Changeworks, Joanna oversees the development and delivery of robust monitoring and evaluation for a range of internal and external projects. 

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This includes evidencing impact and providing actionable insights to inform delivery of current and future projects and programmes by Changeworks and external clients. Joanna leads a team of dedicated Impact Evaluation specialists committed to helping clients accelerate their transition to net zero and raising the standard of evaluation on domestic retrofit projects. As part of her role, Joanna ensures alignment of Changeworks’ impact evaluation methodology with industry standards, including PAS2035 and BS40101.

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Lauren Salmon

As Principal Consultant at Changeworks, Lauren oversees Research, Impact Evaluation and Behaviour Change projects and co-ordinates the delivery of services which help overcome challenges associated with energy retrofit. 

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Lauren works with a range of clients including local authorities, housing associations and the Scottish Government towards achieving net zero. This includes exploring difficulties and solutions of Zero Direct Emissions Heating retrofit by social landlords for ClimateXChange on behalf of the Scottish Government. Her impact evaluation experience includes design and implementation of evaluation for Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Schemes (EES: ABS), Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund and Green Economy Fund.

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Stephen Strachan

Stephen leads on Net Zero Pathways at Changeworks, supporting Registered Social Landlords to define their stock improvement strategy to align with net zero targets. 

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 Stephen has over 15 years experience as project director and technical consultant, from design, delivery and commissioning of renewable generation, heat networks and low carbon heating projects to leading on decarbonisation strategies. Since 2017, Stephen has led on Changeworks’ development and delivery of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) support for 25 local authorities, from the initial phases of Scottish Government pilot projects to creation of the final strategies.

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Kris Martin

Kris manages Changeworks’ Data Analysis team and data projects. This includes leading the data analysis for Local Heat and Energy Efficiency projects (LHEES) for local authorities. 

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Kris creates data solutions using software such as Power BI and others. His team leads on stock analysis, where they take data from multiple sources to create valuable reports and recommend actional outcomes. He is experienced in gathering data and translating findings to present large datasets for Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) projects.

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Laura Fordyce

Laura joined Warmworks in early 2023 and her role includes supporting housing associations to prepare winning funding applications and identify routes to decarbonise their housing stock.


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Laura has over 8 years’ experience of working in the housing sector with previous roles at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, now part of the Wheatley Group. Before joining the housing sector, Laura spent over 10 years in the Scottish tourism industry, where she held a number of account management and operational roles.

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Paul McGhee

Paul joined Warmworks in 2019 and manages a range of projects across the UK in his role as Managing Director, Local Delivery. 

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Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, building on extensive knowledge of supply chain management and operational delivery. Testament to the actions of Paul’s team is a growing portfolio of customers with whom we continue to deliver new, innovative work.

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