About the Conference
in 2012 SFHA organised an event entitled: Everything you wanted to know about MMR…. But were afraid to ask. Five years later the sector now has substantial experience of developing and managing this tenure. There appears to be significant demand for the product and not just in high rental value areas and homes developed for this purpose appear to be meeting a real demand in the housing market place. With Government challenges to the sector to diversify its offering, what role does MMR have in meeting the legitimate aims and objectives of RSLs?
- How can mid-market rent contribute to the supply of affordable housing?
- If Generation Rent is here to stay, how can the sector best serve in providing professional management and maintenance services, affordable rents and high quality, low energy housing?
Benefits of Attending
- Share experience of good practice
- Learn from others about areas of concern
The conference will be held at COSLA’s Conference Centre conveniently located in the heart of Edinburgh, right beside Haymarket railway station.
Costs and How to Book
The delegate fee starts at £219 for SFHA members which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments.
24 Housing is our media partner for the conference. As our media partner, it will promote the conference via print and digital outlets. 24 Housing will have representatives at the conference who may wish to interview speakers, delegates or exhibitors. They may also be photographing the conference, capturing key moments. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform SFHA staff. Thank you for your co-operation.
Speakers & Biographies
Thomas founded Citylets in 1999 shortly after University as one of the UK’s earliest property portals. Since then he has steered its progression through to its position as Scotland’s certified leading lettings site attracting up to 4 million visitors per year. With over 17 years experience at the forefront of the sector, he is one of the original dot-com pioneers and a proptech investor.
Victoria Nixon is SafeDeposits Scotland’s recently-appointed Operations Manager. She’s been with the organisation since 2013 and was previously Client Account Manager. Victoria works closely with SafeDeposits Scotland's clients to provide support and in-house training throughout Scotland, ensuring that landlords and letting agents benefit from her experience in the sector.
Before SafeDeposits Scotland, Victoria had a career in lettings, working for a prominent Scottish letting agency and during her time covered all aspects of property management.
Paul left a senior role with Birmingham City Council to found QSH with Andrew Measom, following a long career in social housing management with Birmingham City Council and social housing consultancy with CIPFA, KPMG and HQN
QSH’s mission is to provide Affordable Housing without grant, providing financial solutions to deliver affordable homes with little or no Government subsidy.
Hundreds of thousands of families are on housing waiting lists whilst many more first time buyers can’t afford to buy their first home, whilst budget cuts mean Local Authorities have limited financial freedom to build new homes, at a time when construction projects would help create economic stimulus.
A whole range of financial institutions are looking to invest in affordable housing schemes but find it difficult to invest directly.
QSH is the interface which brings things together; matching housing needs with institutional finance to build new homes now.
We’re flexible about the sites we work with, the number of homes we build and the type of properties we offer.
For us, the most important thing is to work with local authorities, house builders and social landlords to provide the homes that local people really want and need.
Pearce is the Mid Market Homes Policy and Programme Manager within The More Homes Division in Scottish Government. As part of the Financial Innovation Unit, his work focusses on innovative approaches to the expansion of affordable housing that will help deliver against the Scottish Government’s ambitious housing targets – currently working on the MMR Invitation project, he has previously supported delivery of the National Housing Trust programme, the LAR Housing Trust and other innovative approaches to increase delivery of affordable homes.
Scottish Futures Trust
Christa Reekie is Commercial Director at the Scottish Futures Trust.
She was previously a partner at one the largest commercial law firms in Scotland, where she specialised in complex infrastructure projects for more than a decade.
As commercial director, Christa works across all work streams and leads the SFT housing team that has delivered the innovative and award-winning National Housing Trust.
NHT and the other programmes she and her team have helped establish, are delivering more than 3,000 affordable-rent homes across Scotland.