About the Conference
The way housing associations do business is changing like never before. Technology and innovation, as well as legislative changes, means day-to-day work is evolving. How do we make sure we can adapt to these changes?
This years’ SFHA Finance Conference offers practical sessions which aim to both inform and inspire. The conference will kick off with delegates hearing from a digital innovator.
Workshops will cover practical areas of work for finance staff - and for the first time this year the conference will incorporate the wider work of many finance directors including a session on HR for non-HR people.
And with more money being invested in housing to meet the 50,000 homes target and the futureproofing of existing stock through energy efficiency and fire safety measures, we hear from RSLs who have secured private finance about the process and pitfalls.
The conference is designed to equip you with necessary knowledge and allow networking opportunities between those from housing associations, banking, regulators and more. It is the must attend event for those keen to learn and share best practice.
We are delighted ATFS are once again the main conference sponsor and thank them for their continued support.
What does the future of finance look like? Come and find out!
Is it for You?
The conference is aimed at all finance directors, managers, officers and other staff who have an interest in housing association and co-operative financial issues, including Chief Executives and Directors. Governing body members, consultants, local and central government and other professionals working on financial issues in the affordable housing sector will also find the conference of interest.
This years conference returns to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, located just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel combines contemporary and comfortable accommodation with good conference services and excellent leisure facilities. For full details of what the hotel has to offer, visit their website at www.crieffhydro.com
Cost and How to Book
Come along as a day delegate for as little as £270 (SFHA members). Take advantage of our current offer and book three day places and get a fourth day place free and save £55 when you book to attend both days. Residential places are now sold out.
Please use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this page to book your place today.
Speakers & Biographies
John has almost 35 years’ experience in public sector housing and is the Director of Easthall Park Housing Co-operative, a Fully Mutual Housing Co-operative based in Greater Easterhouse.
In the last 25 years John has supported the Co-operative’s Management Committee deliver excellent housing services whilst providing a range of training and employment opportunities and co-ordinating a variety of community activities.
The Co-operative has won much recognition for its work and in the last year achieved IIP Platinum award and will outline the work undertaken to support the Co-operative’s succession plans.
TPT Retirement Solutions
Andy is a pensions actuary who started his career with more than a decade advising employers in relation to their pension obligations. This included pension scheme funding, investment strategies and the provision of corporate accounting numbers. Andy has spent the last four years at TPT where he has managed all aspects of the delivery of the Scottish Housing Associations’ Pension Scheme (SHAPS) and the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS). Andy is leading the corporate accounting changes within SHAPS and SHPS which are effective from 2019.
Oak Tree and Cloch Housing Associations
Alana Durnin is the Finance Director for Oak Tree and Cloch Housing Associations, providing shared finance and IT services to the Associations, which have over 3200 properties within Inverclyde. Alana has a passion for finance and people management and balances this with her day to day role and voluntary Board appointments, being involved with Remarkable as Non-Executive Director for over 6 years, (previously known as Investors in People Scotland), in addition to an 18-month Board appointment at Drumchapel Housing Co-operative. Alana has also worked within the public and private sector in Finance & Corporate Services roles and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University.
RSM UK Consulting LLP
Jim Burberry leads RSM’s VAT practice in Scotland and Northern Ireland and has worked in VAT for 30 years: 24 years in the profession and 6 years with HM Customs & Excise (as was). Jim is well known to SFHA, and many of its members, as regular presenter on Tax issues at the Finance conference, and has written extensively on VAT issues faced by the sector. He has worked with HM Revenue and Customs VAT Policy teams on matters that affect SFHA’s members as regards VAT accounting and compliance. He has also been a Housing Association committee member and tenant.
Harper Macleod LLP
Kelly provides advice and assistance to many leading organisations in the public sector and housing sector, particularly in relation to compliance and regulatory issues, and EU procurement.
Kelly's professional experience has included secondments to some of Harper Macleod's largest clients, working closely with their legal and procurement teams, and Glasgow City Council, where she was part of the team advising on high profile sports events and commercial arrangements.
She is the principal advisor to clients in relation to data protection matters, in particular regarding the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, and advising on data protection matters raised in connection with commercial arrangements.
Scottish Information Commissioner
Daren Fitzhenry took up post as Scottish Information Commissioner in October 2017, for a fixed term of six years. Prior to his current role, he was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force Legal Branch, heading up its legal advisory team, with wide-ranging experience in the development, implementation and enforcement of regulatory systems.
As Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren is responsible for the enforcement and promotion of Scotland’s freedom of information laws. This includes handling appeals about the way in which Scottish public authorities respond to information requests, promoting good practice and monitoring and assessing FOI performance.
He is strongly committed to the principles of freedom of information, recognising the significant benefits that FOI brings to society, not least its key role in enabling the public's participation and engagement in the issues which really matter to them.
East Lothian Housing Association
Martin is Chief Executive of East Lothian Housing Association, a post he has held for almost 12 years now. An active member of the Rural and Islands Housing Association Forum (RIHAF), Martin has spent much of his career working for rural housing associations, but has also worked in urban environments and for a large English Local Authority. He is also a Director of his local community owned village pub.
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. 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, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).
Spence and Partners
David will be well known to most in the sector as a previous speaker at SFHA events and having advised numerous RSL’s on their pension arrangements. David is an owner director at leading actuaries Spence and widely regarded as an industry expert on multi-employer pension schemes.
David is a regular contributor of articles and commentary in the press, is a key contributor on consultation committees and is much in demand as a speaker at leading events. David is a member of the ICAS Pensions Committee and recently co-authored their proposals on local government pension schemes, has worked with CFG and PLSA co-authoring CFG’s Pension Maze publication and PLSA’s LGPS Guides.
Scottish Housing Regulator
Ian Brennan is Director of Finance & Risk at the Scottish Housing Regulator.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. He also holds a business degree from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from the University of Glasgow.
Ian joined the Board of Historic Environment Scotland in a non-executive capacity on 1 November 2016.From November 2013 until July 2016 he was a member of the Board of Glasgow Kelvin College where he chaired the Financial Control Committee.
Previously Ian has held positions in higher education, the NHS and the Accounts Commission. He has also worked for a number of accountancy firms.
Alanpark Consultants Ltd
Alison Smith (Allanpark Consultants Ltd) is a management consultant, facilitator, and trainer. Previously employed in housing strategy roles across Scotland and as a university lecturer, she combines a thorough understanding of housing practice with strategic planning and organisational development skills. For the past 15 years or so, she has supported housing organisations and social enterprises to strengthen their structure, strategy and performance. She is particularly interested in helping boards members and senior managers to enhance their strategic leadership and decision-making skills.