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Housing Now, Housing's Future
Virtual Conference

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Thu 4 - Thu 4, Mar from
09:30 to 14:00 (BST)



From £150

About the conference

The social housing sector is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s never been more important that senior staff are equipped to deal with immediate priorities and to anticipate the future. 

SFHA has created Housing Now, Housing's Future, a series of high-level virtual events for senior staff and governing body members which will ensure our sector continues to thrive and remains resilient. 

One event, four days

Taking place over four half-day sessions in February and March, each event will feature keynote addresses, panel debates and group discussions, covering the most pressing challenges for us in 2021 and beyond.

The events will feature speakers from the government as well as the third, public, private and housing sectors, including housing colleagues from across the world.

Join us in 2021 to learn and share experience and play your part in shaping the social housing sector’s future. 

Thursday 4 February 2021: Climate Change and Sustainability

2021 is a key year on the journey to net-zero; the Scottish Government has now published its Heat and Buildings strategy and an update to its Climate Change Action Plan. The end of the year will also see Glasgow host COP26. The social housing sector is already leading to addressing climate change and promoting sustainability. 

This conference will provide an opportunity to look at best practice and lessons learned – as well as discussing how social landlords can do more, including with support from SFHA and our key partners.

Thursday 18 February 2021: Poverty and Inequality

The Covid-19 pandemic has only served to underline the important role housing associations and co-operatives play as community anchor organisations. The impact of the crisis is felt even more acutely by those who were already impacted by persistent poverty and inequality in our society. This impact would have been even greater had it not been for the support provided by housing associations through their existing service delivery as well as additional funding provided by the Scottish Government. 

 The event will explore how organisations are supporting tenants through the crisis, thanks to Scottish Government funding facilitated by SFHA. You will also discover new ways in which housing associations can support tenants to address the impact of poverty and inequality.

Thursday 25 February 2021: Digital Empowerment and Leadership

Digital and data will play a pivotal role in delivering better outcomes for all sectors, organisations and, most importantly, the people of Scotland.

In 2020, digital played a critical role in allowing us to continue running our organisations, communicating with stakeholders and delivering services for people and communities.  Processes were deployed at speed, and lessons have been learned.  Now is the time to embrace the change that will shape our organisations for the future and ensure we can overcome the challenges ahead.

We will focus on how leaders can digitally empower their staff and organisations, discussing what comes next – the crucial factors to consider and the ultimate benefits for organisations and tenants – and how our sector can become industry-leading in using technology and digital skills. 

Thursday 4 March 2021: Our Sector, Our People

People are at the heart of what we do, and our people shape our values, how we operate and how we, as a sector, are perceived. The event will discuss staff and board succession planning, housing as a career,  sector culture, and diversity and inclusion. 

This event aims to explore, provide food for thought and highlight different perspectives on key topics and issues facing the social housing sector in Scotland in 2021 and beyond.

Why attend?

Join senior colleagues from across the social housing sector, and beyond, to explore  current key issues , challenges and opportunities from a strategic perspective.




Costs and how to book

The  events have been designed as a complementary series, focusing on the most critical  topics, challenges and opportunities. social housing sector leaders . 

We have various booking options available, including ticket bundles which will allow you to attend each event. 

Our virtual conference platform allows you to watch the sessions on demand for up to three months, so even if you can’t join us live on the day, book your place to make sure you don’t miss out and catch up any time

Ticket options are flexible. Attend one event for £150 for SFHA members or attend all four events for £500, a saving of £100 compared to booking each event individually.

You can book to a ticket to attend every event and have different delegates attending each day. Just let our events team know of the name change and their email address on events@sfha.co.uk so they can access the platform.

Book your place using the book now.

This event is being held virtually using our online platform.


Member Price £150

Non-member Price £210


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Sally Thomas
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. 

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 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.

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Sandra Lindsay

Sandra has worked in planning and development for over 20 years. With  degrees in both planning and housing, the majority of her career has been spent working with house builders to identify and secure land for new homes, and achieve appropriate planning approvals for development.

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More recently, this has led to a role with Springfield Partnerships working in  Business Development. Encompassing many of her previous responsibilities this role also  involves liaising with  RSL clients old and new to ensure all new homes meet the sectors requirements. EV charging is the latest in a long line of planning policy developments sent to test her.

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Drs Ad Hereijgers

Ad Hereijgers is Business Development Director at RITTERWALD at the Amsterdam location and he heads the RITTERWALD Sustainability Team. He has over 35 years of experience in affordable housing finance and urban development and has supported numerous projects in Europe and the USA.

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Before joining RITTERWALD, he was partner in a consulting boutique for housing and urban planning in Amsterdam and New York. He serves as trusted board room advisor, project director of public private partnerships and advises housing companies and local authorities. He leads master classes in residential and urban development strategies and is the author of several books and articles.

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Alastair Seaman
Keep Scotland Beautiful

 Alastair is a creative leader in the environmental sector with experience in the private and charitable sectors in the UK and internationally.

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As KSB’s strategic lead for Climate Change, he heads a multi-disciplinary team supporting organisations, communities and individuals to understand the climate emergency and play their part in Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future. 

KSB provides specialist climate emergency training and advice for the Scottish social housing sector that builds on and shares best practice examples from across the UK.  In his spare time Alastair enjoys firewood, sheds, hills and any excuse to be outdoors. 


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Gillian Campbell
Gillian Campbell Consulting

Gillian is an independent housing consultant and is working with the Existing Homes Alliance, a coalition of consumer, anti-poverty, social housing, industry and environmental groups.  She is supporting the EHA to develop and promote a manifesto to end fuel poverty and address the climate emergency.

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Gillian has worked with RSLs and local authorities for over 20 years, having led the City of Edinburgh Council’s housing strategy, policy and research functions.  She has worked with RSLs to develop their approaches to governance and assurance, through policy and process reviews, staff and board training.  She has wide ranging experience in housing management, customer engagement, transfer of engagements and service reviews and is a member of the board of Home Scotland.


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Jon Sparkes

Jon Sparkes has been Chief Executive of Crisis, the national charity for people facing homelessness, since 2014. He is a member of the UK Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel and the Scottish Government’s Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, and recently chaired the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Action Group. 

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He is also a Trustee of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, and a Non-Executive Director of South Yorkshire Housing Association. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF UK and Chief Executive of SCOPE, the national disability charity. Jon also had a successful commercial career as Human Resources Director of the international technology firm The Generics Group.

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Andy Milne

Andy Milne is Chief Executive of SURF, Scotland’s regeneration forum for practitioners, policy makers and academics. SURF is primarily concerned with shared efforts to tackle the causes and degenerative impacts of poverty and inequalities.

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By sharing and channelling the experience, views and ideas and of its extensive membership of over 300 cross-sector organisations, SURF helps to inform better policy and practice for more successful and sustainable community regeneration throughout Scotland. 
Andy became Chief Executive of SURF in 2003. Since then, it has expanded its capacity, range and influence. In addition to an extensive programme of networking activities and information outputs, SURF also delivers an innovative Alliance for Action programme. It links local assets and initiatives with national policy and resources via a range of practical, place based, cross sector, community regeneration collaborations.  In doing so, SURF works closely with the SFHA and its membership.

Prior to his SURF role, Andy spent 10 years as co-ordinator of the Wester Hailes Representative Council; frequently cited as a model of genuinely community led innovation, representation and service delivery.  He found his way into independent community development work via studying architecture and an interest in politics.

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Jon Turner
Link Group

Jon was appointed Chief Executive of Link Group Ltd in January 2019. He was previously Group Director of Treasury at Wheatley Group.

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Jon has extensive housing experience in both Scotland and wider in the UK having held roles ranging from financial advisory services through to bank and equity investments.  Jon has also worked with a number of central and local government bodies who have been involved in large scale infrastructure programmes.

Jon is responsible for leading the delivery of Link’s strategic vision through a range of services across the Link group of companies which serves more than 15,000 customers across Scotland. He recently led on the attainment of the imug certificate, Sustainable Housing Label.

Link is a group of eight social enterprises and housing associations operating throughout Scotland, having an annual turnover of over £70m and 700 staff.

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Maggie Brunjes
Glasgow Homeless Network

Maggie has worked in the housing and homelessness sector in Scotland for over 20 years, holding various policy, data and development positions before taking up the chief executive role at Homeless Network Scotland in 2010.

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Maggie was a member of the Scottish Minister appointed Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group in 2018 whose recommendations led to the current national plan to end homelessness. Homeless Network Scotland is the home of Housing First Scotland and helps drive the policy and system changes needed to end homelessness.

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Brian Gannon
West of Scotland Housing Association

Brian has been Chief Executive of West of Scotland Housing Association since September 2019. West of Scotland has around 3,500 homes in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire with a staff team of around 100 across the West of Scotland Group. 

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Brian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to WSHA from his years working in the housing sector, including roles at 3 other housing associations.  Prior to joining WSHA, Brian was Head of Housing & Community Regeneration at Thenue Housing Association. Brian is leading a team helping to deliver WSHA’s new Green Strategy.  


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