About the conference
The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill is the biggest opportunity to influence housing laws for some time. This event provided the opportunity to explore what should be included in the Bill to support social landlords and tenants, as well as other upcoming opportunities to influence Scottish Government thinking.
Presentations are now available to download.
Member Price £252
Non-member Price £351
Now working as the Policy Manager for the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) Tony’s career includes work in both central and local government and the Scottish Housing Regulator.Read More
His previous post as Head of Housing and Customer Service with Stirling Council included strategic control of customer service, equalities, communications and advice. He has also worked on secondment to the Scottish Government developing policy in relation to private sector housing. More recently he spent 7 months working with the Scottish Futures Trust. Tony is also a member of Shelter’s Scotland Committee and sits and an Ordinary Member on the First Tier Tribunal, Housing and Property Chamber.
Callum is the national director of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, having taken on the post in September 2018 after joining the Institute in March 2018 as deputy director.Read More
He previously worked in consultancy at Pagoda PR and in policy roles in the third sector and as a parliamentary researcher.
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.Read More
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.
Deborah is a Senior Policy Adviser for Joseph Rowntree Foundation, based in Glasgow. She currently leads the Foundation’s work around housing in Scotland, seeking to maximise the contribution it can make to reducing poverty and inequality.Read More
Prior to joining JRF she worked as a Policy Adviser in the Big Lottery Fund helping to shape their investment in organisations supporting children, young people and families.
Gail Matheson is the chief executive of HHA. Joining the company in 2006, Gail became CEO in 2012 and has strategically led the team to achieve the delivery of more than 400 high-quality homes across the Highlands, including properties available at both mid-market and private rent.Read More
HHA has also facilitated the delivery of many more properties for both the public and private sector. Gail has fostered strong relationships with stakeholders and project partners, helping HHA to become a trusted developer within the region that has significantly supported the local economy and supply chains.
Scottish Women’s Aid
I’ve worked in the social sector for over 20 years in roles incl.: Relief Worker, Support Worker, Manager, then moving my experience into policy, strategy, facilitation, and sharing of solutions, where I’ve been Head of Policy & Operations, Director of Strategy, and Director of Policy, to name a few!Read More
I’ve represented the UK at a European level as a Director with FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless); making more effective use of existing policy instruments, defending the rights of people. I retain frequent contact with experts across the globe, throughout the year.
My roles vary, but all play a part in using policy to makes changes and influence the future positively. I am here representing Scottish Women’s Aid, where I head up their policy team.
Scottish Land Commission
David joined the Scottish Land Commission in April 2019 and his remit includes work on land assembly, placemaking, land value capture and affordable rural housing.Read More
He joined the commission from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations where he led on the delivery of new build affordable housing, planning reform, energy efficiency and regeneration. He has been involved in the delivery of new build affordable housing and housing led regeneration in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was previously on the board of PAS, the planning and place charity, and a community based housing association in Greenock.
Derek is the Operations Manager for Hillcrest Enterprises, based in Dundee. Starting with Hillcrest as a Housing Officer in 2002 Derek has worked in various roles. He currently leads the team providing services to around 1100 mid-market rent tenants across the East of Scotland as well as a small number of private market tenants.Read More
Derek works with a range of stakeholders including Enterprises Board members to influence Enterprises policy, performance and future developments. Prior to joining Hillcrest, Derek gained several years’ experience working in the private rented sector.