About the Conference
Strong governance is essential to ensure that organisations are equipped for the challenges that are facing them, in an ever-changing environment. Governing bodies must be assured that their organisation is meeting all regulatory requirements, and confident that their organisation is in a strong position. Staff play a key role in ensuring that the committee/board has all of the information they need to come to form an impartial view on the effectiveness and compliance of the organisation.
In October, RSLs will for the first time submit an Annual Assurance Statement to the Scottish Housing Regulator. In conjunction with the SHR, GWSF and ALACHO, SFHA is developing a toolkit to aid not only with this process, but also to provide guidance on meeting all of the requirements within the regulatory framework.
This conference will explore the content of the toolkit and what organisations should be thinking about prior to their first submission.
2019 will see Freedom of Information legislation extended to RSLs on 11 November, and is the one year anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulations. This conference will provide an overview of what these requirements mean for your organisation, and the steps you should ensure are being taken.
Over the two days, we will hear from numerous speakers from within the sector and beyond, providing good practice examples and valuable insight as to how strong governance is at the heart of their organisation. Open to both Governing Body Members and staff – a variety of different perspectives will be shared and discussed during this thought provoking and interactive conference.
Is this the conference for you?
This conference is open to both Governing Body Members and staff, ensuring a variety of different perspectives are shared and discussed during this thought-provoking and interactive event.
Date & Venue
This year's conference takes place on the 6 & 7 September and will return to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. This purpose-built, architecturally striking hotel offers a superb location in Central Glasgow. Within walking distance of Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations, the hotel offers easy access by road, rail or air.
For full details of what the hotel offers (including costs where applicable), visit their website at https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-glasgow
Costs & How to Book
Residential places start at £460 for SFHA members or £710 for non members.
Use the 'Book Now' button below to book your place at the conference using our new events booking system!
Book 3 and bring a colleague for free!*
If your organisation books three places (either residential or day) you can bring a fourth day delegate for free.
* all delegate places must be booked at the same time and from the same organisation to qualify. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or promotion.
Member Price £460
Non-member Price £710
Mark has over 30 years’ experience working with numerous Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), charities and voluntary organisations. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. Mark is experienced in providing advice on governance and regulation for RSLs. He worked with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Scottish Housing Regulator drafting new model rules for RSLs in response to the Scottish Housing Regulator’s new Regulatory Framework. His experience has been acknowledged externally in Legal 500 and Chambers Legal Guide where he is recognised as a notable practitioner.
Linda Ewart has provided support to a wide range of housing associations, first in a variety of roles with the SFHA and, in the last ten years, as an independent consultant.Read More
With a background, in policy development and good practice advice, she has experience in many fields and has led sector negotiations on regulatory matters, lobbied government and politicians and influenced legislation and policy.
As an independent consultant, Linda has specialised in housing association governance, working with governing bodies and staff on a wide range of issues including business and strategic planning, policy review and development and regulatory compliance.
Orkney Housing Association Limited
Mhairi joined the Association in 1997 as Office Manager. She was appointed to Corporate Services Manager in 2006 before becoming Head of Corporate Governance in 2016 when she also took on the role of Company Secretary.Read More
She is responsible for supporting Committee members, governance matters, human resources, providing safe working practices, ICT and communications and engagement. Mhairi has an HND in Administration Information Management and in 2018 completed Certificate in Corporate Governance awarded by CIPFA.