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12 -13 Jun, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Housing Scotland - Annual Conference 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

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Tue 12 - Wed 13, Jun from
10:30 to 15:00 (BST)


301 Argyle Street
, Glasgow, G2 8DL

Housing associations and co-operatives are playing their part in building the largest number of homes since the ‘70s, but how do we ensure the sector is able to deliver the right type of homes, where they are needed, not only to solve the present housing crisis but to provide for generations to come? Securing cross-party political support for long-term funding will be vital in order to realise this.

This year’s SFHA annual conference, entitled Housing Scotland, will explore why the sector and government needs to look beyond meeting the 2021 50,000 affordable homes target and the benefits that a long-term commitment will bring to the nation’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Focusing primarily on the themes of 'People and Place, the SFHA's flagship event will debate and discuss critical current issues, including

  • What part should the sector play in tacklng Homelessness in Scotland?
  • How housing can create healthier and stronger communities.
  • Why your organisation needs to embrace digital transformation in order to meet evolving tenant needs.

The conference will also hear from Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP who will deliver a key note speech to delegates.

Dont miss your chance to attend the affordable sector's premier event, so join us there.

Pitch your idea at SFHA Annual Conference #housingscotland18

At this year’s conference, we are giving you the chance to lead a workshop at our flagship event.

These lively discussion sessions will be at the heart of the conference, and we’d like to hear your workshop ideas on issues that are critical to the leaders of the housing association sector.

There is the chance to pitch for one workshop at each of the four workshop blocks on 12 and 13 June. Workshops will be in 60 minute time slots.

This opportunity is open to housing associations and public and third sector partners. If you have an idea, we would like to hear from you.

If we receive more than one idea on the same theme, we might contact you to discuss running your session jointly with another participant.

The deadline for ideas is Thursday 3 May 2018. Email Karen Devin, Events Producer on kdevin@sfha.co.uk with your ideas.

Book before 24 April 2018 to receive the early bird discount for residential bookings from £560.00 for SFHA members.  Also get a FREE day delegate place when you book on 3 delegate places!!

2018 sees a new venue for SFHA's Annual Conference which will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13 June 2018, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

The purpose built, architecturally striking Radisson Blu offers a superb location in central Glasgow.

Within walking distance of Glasgow Central Station and with Queen Street Station closeby the hotel offers easy access by road, rail or air.

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Speakers & Biographies

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Brian Taylor
BBC Scotland

Brian Taylor is BBC Scotland’s Political Editor, primarily covering politics for all outlets, including network.  Brian joined the BBC in 1985 after working for the written press, including six years at Westminster. 

In addition to news reporting, Brian has compiled several  documentaries.  He has commentated on big events such as the Royal Opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Brian offers analysis of contemporary politics through his regular column  on the BBC website. 

Brian is married with two sons.  Born in Dundee in 1955, Brian was educated at the High School of Dundee.  He graduated M.A. with Honours in English from the University of St Andrews in 1977.

Brian received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008 and from Abertay University in 2010;  and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dundee University in 2015.

Beyond broadcasting, Brian has written two books on politics and co-written several more. 

He has lectured on politics and identity across the world.  He is a fanatical supporter of Dundee United FC.  

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Rohan Bush
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Rohan works with businesses across the building and construction sector to develop collaborative partnerships with universities which deliver business growth. Focusing on housing, sustainable design and urban planning, Rohan sources and facilitates academic expertise for companies wanting to innovate. Rohan holds degrees in architecture, building science and political studies and is bringing 18 years of experience in the built environment sector including managing sustainable building innovation funds in Melbourne and helping establish the New Zealand Green Building Council. 

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Tony Donohoe

Tony Donohoe is a freelance housing and social policy consultant. Over the past two decades he has worked in the local government, academic and private sector consultancy sectors as well as on a voluntary basis in the housing association sector. He has held the position of Housing Strategy Manager in two Local Authorities in Scotland. In recent years he has undertaken work for several clients including Scotland’s Housing Network, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, Stirling & Clackmannanshire Health and Social Care Partnership, the Joint Improvement Team/ihub and Shelter Scotland. Contemporary areas of work include welfare reform, the housing dimension to health and social care integration as well as the review of SHIPs.   

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Sally Dyson

Sally is SCVO's Head of Digital Participation.  She leads their ambitious strategy to increase the number of people who have basic digital skills and support organisations to do more with digital.   A social inclusion professional Sally's career has spanned public and third sectors across England and Scotland. Currently involved in #notwithoutme with Carnegie UK, re-developing the definitions of basic digital skills, developing the UK digital 'code' and is strategic lead on One Digital for Scotland.  Owned by two cats Sally also enjoys music, reading and knitting. 

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Juha Kaakinen

Juha Kaakinen is Chief Executive Officer of Y-Foundation, the biggest Finnish NGO acquiring flats from the private market for homeless people and providing social housing.  From 2008- 2012, he worked for the Finnish Ministry of the Environment as Programme Leader of the National Programme to reduce long-term homelessness 2008-2012. He is a member of the Administrative Council of FEANTSA.

He has written over 50 research papers, articles and evaluation reports on social services, employment projects

and policies and homelessness issues.

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Tony Stacey
South Yorkshire Housing Association

Tony has 30 years’ experience as CEO of two housing associations, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Hexagon. SYHA has won a string of national awards including Most Innovative Social Housing Organisation in the country and Best Provider of Care and Supported Housing.

Tony is a member of the Housing Board of Sheffield’s LEP and sat on their Fairness Commission.  He chaired PlaceShapers for 5 years, which promotes the values of community based associations.  He has featured in the top 10 of the housing PowerPlayers’ list for the last 5 years. Tony received the OBE for services to social housing in 2017.

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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. 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.

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Sally Thomas
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sally Thomas was previously Head of Community Investment at North Star Housing Group in the north east of England and was seconded from 2016 to April 2017 to HACT, where she took up the role of Director of Communities, with responsibility for the development and delivery of the community investment and social purpose programmes. In a previous role, Sally spent 18 years as director of a consultancy specialising in the social and economic aspects of regeneration and renewal.
During her earlier career, Sally worked in roles for several housing associations in London and became Senior Operations Officer for the Homes and Communities Agency in 1986. Following this, she was Assistant Director for Tyne and Wear Development Corporation.


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Chris Hancock

Chris is responsible for  Crisis’ direct housing services across their 11 centres in England, Scotland and Wales as well as leading on their innovation and best practice work. He lead Crisis’ recent feasibility studies looking at how Housing First can be adopted in the Liverpool City Region and in Torbay. Previously to working for Crisis he managed Housing Needs and Options Services for Exeter City Council and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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