Thank you to all those who attended the Governance Conference, presentations are now available to download.
This conference explored the content of the SFHA Self Assurance Toolkit and what organisations should be thinking about prior to their first submission and provided an overview of what the new FOI requirements meant for your organisations, and the steps you should ensure are being taken.
Over the two days, we heard 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.
The event saw lots of networking and interesting discussion.
We would also like to thank our conference sponsor Decision Time for their support.
If you are interested in attending next years conference please contact email@example.com.
Scottish Housing Regulator
Michael is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator.Read More
Michael is the Chief Executive and accountable officer, responsible for managing and directing the organisation to fulfil its purpose and meet its objectives.
Mark has over 30 years’ experience working with numerous Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), charities and voluntary organisations.Read More
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.
Andrew van Doorn
Andrew is the Chief Executive of HACT. HACT is a UK innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector.Read More
It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.
Andrew has worked for HACT for 15 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 26 years. He is a Chair of Stonewall Housing and a Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.
Lorna is Innovation and Futures Thinking Lead at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, which exists to lead, represent and support housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland.Read More
Lorna is creating new solutions for the Home of the Future, Customer Service Transformation, and Tackling Poverty.
Having worked in housing for over 20 years, Lorna’s experience includes developing services through partnerships, strategic planning, and research and development, most recently for Wheatley Group – Scotland’s largest housing and care provider.
Stuart has worked in social housing for around 20 years and after working for 10 years with the SFHA in a variety of training and consultancy roles he set up his own company SE Training in January 2009.Read More
Over the years, Stuart has worked with housing associations and local authorities across Scotland providing training and consultancy advice and assistance – and has a particular interest in Governance, Customer Engagement, Equal Opportunities and Business Planning.
In his spare time Stuart is a very amateur aerialist (trapeze and aerial hoop) and is currently trying to master bouldering (very low climbing) and juggling – but not at the same time!!
Loreburn Housing Association
Rebecca joined Loreburn Housing Association as a Graduate Trainee in 2009. She has worked in various departments before securing her current position as Head of Governance and Assurance.Read More
Rebecca studied Psychology before completing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Rebecca remains passionate about the link between the spaces we live in and our physical and mental well-being which is fundamental to Loreburn’s mission to create great places to live in Dumfries and Galloway.
Having worked in a number of operational roles Rebecca is now committed to ensuring governance frameworks are clear and accessible establishing good governance at the heart of day to day decisions.
Anne Marie Brown
Craigdale Housing Association
Anne Marie joined Craigdale Housing Association as Projects Manager in 2014 and was then appointed Director in 2015. Before joining Craigdale Anne Marie worked at Dunbritton Housing Association for 20 years, where she carried out various roles from Housing Officer through to and including Depute Director.Read More
Anne Marie has a wealth of experience in operational service delivery, developing strategy and dealing with all governance related matters, including leading organisational change and instilling new values and behaviours in an organisation.
Anne Marie has a BA in Applied Social Studies, Diploma in Housing Studies, is a Fellow Member of CIH and is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.